When people meet me, the first thing they notice is that I have Down Syndrome. What they can’t see, though, is that I am strong and brave, and I love Jesus with my whole heart.
I’m very proud of myself because I earned a black belt in karate and can take on just about anyone, even though I’m pretty short. I love when my friends and family watch me at a meet because everyone knows I will do my very best.
But I’m most proud of my work every Wednesday. My mom drops me off at my church on her way to work. My grandmother is usually already there helping to set things up for the day. I join some retired people in a Bible study where we read God’s Word, talk about it and pray for everyone’s needs. Then we begin setting out all the food in the church gym. Each week, there is so much food that people and restaurants have given to the church to hand out to people who are struggling. We bag it up so everyone who comes gets a little bit of everything.
Then, at 1:00, someone opens the door and the people start coming in. I smile and give hugs to the people I know who come every week to get food. I love it when they have children. I take a few minutes to play with the little kids while the grown-ups talk with the people and pray with them. Sometimes I talk with the grown-ups when there aren’t children around, and ask them if I can pray with them. I pray with my whole heart because I know that God can do anything! Most of them need prayer because they need a job. Some of them are sick and need God to heal them. But no matter what their need is, I pray. I try to remember what their prayer request is so I can tell my mom and dad later when we pray together at dinner.
I love giving out the food each week at church. It’s so fun to see God providing food for so many people who need some help.
LawsonAugust 7, 2018 at 10:56 pm
What an amazing testimony! Thank you for displaying the love of our savior on a daily basis. I’m inspired by you and your heart for people.
TERRY BOBERSKYAugust 8, 2018 at 10:56 am
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL TESTIMONY YOU HAVE! GOD BLESS YOU FOR GIVING SO MUCH OF YOURSELF TO HELP OTHERS. YOU ARE SUCH AN INSPIRATION TO OTHERS. I LOVE THE FACT THAT YOU PRAY FOR THEIR NEEDS AND SO MANY PEOPLE OUT THERE NEED THAT PHYSICAL TOUCH THAT A SINCERE HUG OFFERS TO THOSE THAT ARE HURTING OR ARE ALONE. GOD HAS BLESSED YOU SO MUCH AND YOU ARE SHARING THAT BLESSING WITH OTHERS SO THAT THE NAME OF JESUS MAY BE LIFTED UP AND GLORIFIED. THANK YOU FOR BEING SO OBEDIENT TO THE LORD. GOD BLESS YOU:):):)
paul chooDecember 20, 2018 at 4:44 am
Kimberly PattersonDecember 13, 2019 at 2:38 pm
God has bleesed you with a beautiful heart. I can’t express my gratitude enough to God for blessing the world with you and your family. Your parents have done such a wonderful job raising you and instilling in you the love of Christ.
LaDonna JonesDecember 13, 2019 at 2:58 pm
You are an inspiration to me. You have a big heart and have discovered what it takes most years to if they ever do and that is we are here to seek knowledge of God, pray for those in need and love our fellow man. I pray to have a heart as loving and king as yours. May our God who gives good gifts provide you with the loving kindness and blessings you so richly deserve. Love you!
David H. HopperDecember 15, 2019 at 1:52 pm
If you live in NC I would like to introduce you to my daughter who is 35 and has Down Syndrome.