"Happy New Year!
I can’t believe we are 22 days into the month of January – boy, does time fly faster? Or are we just getting older? Need not answer the second question, it was rhetorical. Speaking candidly though, I was glad to see 2015 go – our City Impact family experienced many hardships, family illness, deaths and that is not to mention the difficulties the kids and families we served experienced; yes, it was just a difficult year.
Yet, in spite of all those trials, City Impact had an incredible ministry year. The doors of opportunities swung wide open. I know without a doubt 2016 will be even greater. A dear friend of mine sent me this poem to encourage me and my staff in our New Year’s endeavors.
May God make your year a happy one!
Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain,
But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes;
Not by making your path easy,
But by making you sturdy to travel any path;
Not by taking hardships from you,
But by taking fear from your heart;
Not by granting you unbroken sunshine,
But by keeping your face bright, even in the shadows;
Not by making your life always pleasant,
But by showing you when people and their causes need you most,
and by making you anxious to be there to help.
May God's love, peace, hope and joy be given to you for the year ahead.
As City Impact endeavors our 21st year, we pray that God will continue to lead, direct and sustain our staff, board and volunteers as we work in His name. Thank you for all you do!
Because of Him,
Betty Alvarez Ham