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Mike and Dontea's Story

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Six years ago, I realized my kids were all grown and moved out of the house.  Quite honestly, I was kind of lonely, not being able to play with them anymore.  I decided I wanted to try and have an impact on somebody’s life and heard about the Kid’s Hope Program.  After a series of interviews, I was taken to Snowhill School to meet my match.  His name was Dontea.  He had on a Cincinnati Reds Ken Griffey shirt and a huge smile and I knew we were going to hit it off. Although it turns out he knew nothing about baseball.

Six years later, we are still together.  He is now in the sixth grade.  We go out to dinner once a week and just spend some time together.  We talk about school, what’s going on with his life, his family.  Just about anything.  There is nothing better, than pulling up in front of his house and watching him run out to the car because he is genuinely excited to see me.  I know I started this to try and make somebody else’s life a little better, however the reverse has happened.  He has made my life better.  He was a gift from God and one that I will be forever grateful.

Jennie and Miranda's Story

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Our journey to Fellowship Christian Church came with a mixed bag of emotions. We didn’t come to Fellowship because we were running toward Jesus. We came to Fellowship because we had decided to walk away from something else.

We knew several families who attended Fellowship so we thought we would see what it was all about. I must admit, the first Sunday we attended Fellowship I wasn’t in the right mindset to worship or receive biblical teaching. I was acting like a pouting toddler who hadn’t gotten her way and was making my attendance about me and how I felt. My daughter even put it into words that day when she said, “Mom stop acting like a baby. This is not about you, about what happened or how you feel. It’s about Jesus.” Let’s just say that was an eye-opening moment for me - I was hurting Jesus.

Several weeks have passed since we first stepped into Fellowship. Each week we are greeted with friendly and inviting smiles from God’s children. My heart has begun to heal, although it’s still a work in process. The mixed bag of emotions I brought into Fellowship has changed into gratefulness for the comfort of our new home where I can constantly be pointed back toward Jesus, despite my circumstances. I may never fully understand why God allowed the things to happen that led us to Fellowship, but I am grateful to be here. Today, it is not about me or someone else’s decisions or my hurt - I came to worship Jesus.

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