Tracking and telling stories is a way to remind us why we exist and to encourage us of all the good that is happening. Below is an email from one of our stellar Adopt a Building volunteers named Ashley. This is an email she wrote to her team and will give you insight into how our volunteers care and love their neighbors in the Tenderloin. Enjoy! - Christian Huang
I wanted to say thank you again all of the love and support you have shown the ladies of the Le Nain this year. I know many of you were unable to attend Saturday, but I wanted to give you a recap of what God has been doing. Last Saturday, we organized a Valentine's dinner for some of the women in the building. Carmen has mentioned many times that her dream is to eat at the top of the Macy's building at the Cheesecake factory. Unfortuantely we were unable to get a table, so we ventured over to Buca de Beppo in the Soma instead. Brian and Megan graciously offered to drive everyone. Carmen, Christine, Margaret (Christine's friend), Georgia, and Meilin were the five women that joined, and dressed up for the occasion. I cannot begin to express the excitement on all of their faces. Just getting out of the building and out for a girl's night out was huge! I look back to just one year ago, and can see a drastic change in not only the building but in each and every one of their lives. Sometimes we all get discouraged, but let this email be a reminder of all God is doing.
Margaret, Christine's friend, decided to join us for dinner last minute. She was kind of quiet, and seemed to be in a better position than the other ladies. She is independent, has a car, seems to be taking care of herself and lives in Oakland. Later, Christine told me her husband passed away a few years ago. All night she kept asking us (in reference to the volunteers) what we were about, and why we did what we did? It was an opportunity for us to talk about City Impact and the love we have for these women. Later that night, she called me expressing her gratitude. She saw Jesus' love in us, and was in shock that we woudl be so committed. I cannot explain this any other way, than Jesus. It's all Jesus. She also mentioned that the people in the Le Nain are always talking about how wonderful we all are. Again, all the credit back to Jesus. This is really what life is all about.
I know I'm rambling on, but I wanted to share this verse with you all. When I first starting volunteering, I came across this verse in Luke. The city of Nain is listed in the Bible, and this verse always stuck with me.
Soon afterward Jesus went to a town called NAIN, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. As he approached the town gate, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his morther (who was a widow)and a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, "Do not weep." Then he came up and touched the bier and those who carried it stood still. He said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!" So the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they began to glorify God saying, "A great prophet has appareard among us! And God has come to help his people." This report about Jesus circulated throughout Judeaand all the surrounding country.
This is it... God has come to help his people!!!!
Keep up the awesome work everyone. I love you all xoxo