On a recent Wednesday, Suzy*, a longtime Lubbock Impact participant passed away. She was in her thirties and her passing was very unexpected.
Grief-stricken, her husband, Phillip* immediately came to Lubbock Impact to share about Suzy’s passing.
He stayed that night for the Community Meal because he wanted to be with his people. For our participants, Lubbock Impact is their home. They know that when they enter those double doors, they will be loved and supported as our family.
Just a short while later, the memorial service was held here at Lubbock Impact. Phillip* and his dad sat on the front row, while Wanda, Gilbert, and I all sat on the second row.
The pastor shared the obituary and then it hit me. There were no other friends or family to speak of. Just the core Lubbock Impact individuals sitting behind him and supporting him.
Sitting there, it reminded me that this is Lubbock Impact’s why. To sit in the depths of tragedy with individuals who are hurting, when often no one else will. We are here to remind our participants that Jesus is their hope.
As we walk through this holiday season, would you remember to pray for our participants? Sometimes the holidays bring grief and sorrow, but would you pray that Lubbock Impact would be a place of hope and refuge for those in need?
*names have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals