Max Lucado, wrote “Do-it-yourself Christianity is not much encouragement to the done-in and worn-out. Self-sanctification holds little hope for the addict . . . At some point we need more than good advice; we need help. Somewhere on this journey home we realize the fifty-fifty proposition is too little. We need more . . . We need help. Help from the inside out . . . Not near us. Not above us. Not around us. But in us. In the part of us we don’t even know. In the heart no one else has seen. In the hidden recesses of our being dwells, not an angel, not a philosophy, not a genie, but God.”
My mother used to say, “I don’t know how people make it in life without God’s help truly one must come to realize we need a God who is so much bigger than us.” This past week, those words rung loudly in my ears. Yes, we all need a God to sustain us, to love us, to comfort us and to protect us. City Impact works daily with children, youth and families that need to have a source of support that is not met by mere human efforts. Our role is to love, embrace, listen, encourage, mentor and point to the source that can meet their greatest needs.
Schools are now in session and the calls to request City Impact support groups have begun. This year our therapists are counseling over 400 students per week in elementary, middle and high schools. The needs are great, but God is greater, and he can intervene in any crisis.
Thank you for your continued love, prayers and financial support of City Impact’s counseling and outreach programs and the many staff who represent our God.
Because of Him,
Betty Alvarez Ham
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