The unexpected continues. . . A few weeks ago, Kevin and I were in San Francisco to officiate my niece’s wedding. The day was filled with expectation, laughter and tears of joy. As Kevin and I reminisced over the weekend, one of our highlights was our walk to the restaurant where we would have dinner. It was a Friday night and so quite busy - the restaurant offered us the choice to wait or share a communal table. We chose the latter and soon two young ladies sat beside us.
From the onset the conversation was lively with an array of questions ranging from where we were from and why we were visiting. We mentioned that we officiated a wedding and like others, they asked if we were “pastors.” Kevin responded jovially, “no, we just marry and bury”, and the girls said, “we’ll have to remember that.”
At that time, we started to ask them questions . . . “What do you ladies do for a living?” One responded she was in her last semester of Law School and she wanted to represent foster and disenfranchised children. Her sister then said she was in her last year of her Master’s in a Social Work program and wanted to work with those children as well. My heart felt warm and endeared them to me immediately and, of course, I offered the social worker a job with City Impact. She said, “I can’t - we made promises to not leave each other.” She continued their story of growing up in foster homes in Oxnard, many times away from each other. Now, they are together and in pursuit of their passions because of their painful experiences.
In the past, I have mentioned that God has a way of bringing unexpected people into our paths so we may experience unexpected blessings. Jessie and Billie were blessings to us that evening. Perhaps it was because of the resiliency that has been proven in their lives, or their pursuit of working with “our” sort of kids or that GOD sheltered these two kind, dear women from seeing all the negativity of life.
GOD blessed us with Jessie and Billie - we think and pray for them often. Hopefully, in a small morsel of a way, they felt blessed by us too by buying them dinner. Remember, GOD uses the smallest morsels to blow up on His behalf. Thank you for loving City Impact’s children, youth and families.
Faithful to Him,
Betty Alvarez Ham
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