As we prepared for the "On the Move for LIFE" event this year, apprehension gnawed away at us. We were faced with the responsibility of going out and asking for financial support from an already suffering community. Many people had lost their jobs, their homes, while others were being threatened with that possibility. Businesses, some long standing, were closing. Churches were feeling the impact of the slow economy. We began to see more clients, as husbands became unemployed causing a normal pregnancy to become a crisis pregnancy.
Every morning, our staff spends the first hour of our day in prayer and devotions. We prayed for those we knew were in need, for our community, and for our country. We prayed for the walk, repeatedly lifting it up to Him.
As days passed, I heard stories of how our walkers were seeing the pain and anguish in the faces of those being asked for support. To add to the burden, this year we were asking businesses to help us with auction items for our birthday celebration on July 28. Most of those who our walkers talked with, donated to either the walk or the auction; some to both. Support was coming in, but very slowly.
We continued praying each day asking Him to take charge of our event. On the day of the walk, as I was driving to the Veterans Park, ominous gray clouds loomed over the city. Lightening and thunder presented a backdrop for the event. Lord, I prayed, you have the awesome power to clear the skies and cover us with a rainbow if You choose. Upon reaching the shelter, the rain had turned to mist. The turn-out for the walk was small but for those who ventured out, it was a wonderful time for socializing and meeting some of our supporters. Soon the clouds parted and the sun poked through. Children were swinging and a man was exercising his dog by throwing a stick into the water to be retrieved.