"When the power of love is stronger than the love of power, we will experience change." - Francoise Anthony
Many of you know in May 1993, the Hams moved from the San Gabriel Valley to Ventura County to create a new methodology of ministry called City Impact. In those 30 years we have seen thousands of at-risk children, youth and families experience changes in their lives. Through much thought and prayer, Kevin and I decided it was time to pass the baton of leadership. October 31st will be my last day at City Impact as President.
Allow me to share a story. Before there was “The Horse Whisperer” and “The Dog Whisperer” there was a man by the name of Lawrence Anthony, who was known as “The Elephant Whisperer.” Lawrence is a legend in South Africa and is the author of three books. But he is particularly known for bravely rescuing wildlife and rehabilitating elephants all over the world from human atrocities.
On March 7, 2012, Lawrence Anthony passed away; he was remembered and missed by his wife, two sons, two grandsons and numerous elephants. Two days after his passing, the wild elephants showed up at his home led by two large matriarchs. Separate wild herds arrived in droves to say goodbye to their beloved man-friend. A total of 20 elephants had patiently walked over 12 miles to get to his South African House.
Witnessing this spectacle, humans were obviously in awe not only because of the supreme intelligence and precise timing that these elephants sensed about Lawrence's passing, but also because of the profound memory and emotion the beloved animals evoked in such an organized way: walking slowly for days to make their way in a solemn one-by-one queue from their habitat to his house. Lawrence's wife, Francoise, was especially touched, knowing that the elephants had not been to his house prior to that day for well over a year. Yet, they knew where they were going.
The elephants obviously wanted to pay their deep respects, honoring their friend who saved their lives - so much respect that they stayed for two days and two nights. Then one morning, they all left, making their long journey back home. Francoise once said “When the power of love is stronger than the love of power, we will then experience change.” For both Kevin and I it has been our prayer that we are Community Whisperers. Speaking God’s loving truth to at-risk children, youth and families. Would you prayerfully consider continuing to support City Impact with your prayers and financial support? Thank you for loving the Ham family all these years.
With much gratitude,
Betty Alvarez Ham