Courageous Volunteers

by Wendy Jo Melcher, Access Coordinator @ MBC Loudoun

Last week, I had the pleasure of welcoming a new volunteer into our respite program called Break Out. As a volunteer for Access, you do not need any prior experience with children who have special needs. You just need the courage to take that first step that Jesus calls us to take when following Him. It reminds me of the scripture found in Matthew 14:27-29 when Peter is having to take that first step out of the boat. It is always the scariest one! However, you come to realize that not only are you furthering the Kingdom of God but what you thought would be God’s blessing to someone else is also a blessing for you. Here is an email from that volunteer:

Hi Wendy,

Thanks for asking my feedback … it was different than I expected … not sure what I expected … but I was exhausted when I got home and had one of the best night’s sleep! It made me realize just how lucky I am to have 2 “healthy” kids. As tired as I was after 3-1/2 hours, I can’t imagine how tired the parents are doing this 24/7. I now understand the need for Break Out and will be there as often as my schedule allows.

I am a big believer if we can just get people to DO SOMETHING they will be touched and Blessed and realize how much even the smallest thing helps further the Kingdom, so if my email touches one person and opens their heart to volunteer somewhere, please us it!


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