Those Who Rise is a blog featuring LVT Rise volunteers and participants, as well as West Fort Worth Center of Hope neighbors. This blog is meant to provide an outlet for the LVT community to share their experiences, thoughts, and needs to those who are willing to listen.
Karen is a local volunteer in the LVT community. She also participates in the LVT Rise food giveaway on a weekly basis. I went to visit LVT Rise on Thursday May 14th to take some photos for our social media page. While visiting with some of the volunteers, I was introduced to Karen while she was standing in line to receive groceries. Karen had such a vibrant personality and was willing to share her thoughts with me.
Here's a peek into our conversation:
Q: Do you mind sharing a little bit of your story?
A: I was a drug addict. I was involved in prostitution. God brought me out of the pits of hell. And He saw me and He said: “no, you’re not gonna mess with that one Satan.” And He plucked me out of the pits of hell. And I know He can do that for other people. I used to tell people about my mom and how she was not a nice lady. But I was able to forgive her for what she did to me when I was just a child. My mom was ill, and it’s nothing I did. I was still able to forgive her for what she did to me, and if I can do that, I want to encourage other women and men that Jesus can do the same for them. Faith isn’t only knowing that He can, it's knowing that He will.
Q: How long have you been volunteering in this community?
A: 6 years now.
Q: How often do you come through the food line?
A: Almost every Tuesday and Thursday.
Q: what inspires you to volunteer?
A: I love God and I want to help people by a word or a prayer, or by just being seen. I might be the only bible they see; I might be the only textbook they see. I like to encourage people, not discourage them. Now there are some people who I won’t talk to- we know who they are, but they need to be lifted up too. Sometimes you don’t have to really talk to someone, you just need to smile and say hello.
Q: What do you love about this community?
A: It needs lots of help and there are a lot of people giving it. There’s lots of help out there and we can find it here. People aren’t everywhere to help, but we know we can have food on Tuesdays and Thursdays right here. It seems like there's no hope here but there are people here to bring hope.
Q: What keeps you going when you witness something that discourages you?
A: The grace of God. I have to remember His grace. God is in control. There’s nothing I can do about it, I can’t change it, so I stay out of the way and let God take care of it.
Q: What is something you’d want a donor to know about what LVT Rise is doing here?
A: That we give food. We encourage people here. There’s some people who are really happy here. I love the sweet spirit of these volunteers, its people like them that keep people coming back.
Q: What is something you’d want to say to those who helped put this together?
A: Great job! God is going to bless you for your work and your crowns will be glowing when you get to heaven.
Karen is one of several dedicated volunteers and participants in the LVT community. Through her story I learned that people can change, and that our non-profit can help lead people towards living a fuller life. I also learned that it's important to get to know the people we are serving. Their stories are powerful, and God is prevalent within their lives. I got to see the difference LVT is making in the lives of their community, which encouraged me to keep volunteering. My conversation with Karen was uplifting in a time of uncertainty. I hope that through reading this, you are inspired to get involved through prayer, donations, or volunteering. As Karen said, this community needs all the hope you are willing to give!
Thank you for reading Those Who Rise. Would you consider donating? Your donation can help several people in our LVT community just like Karen.
Glory to God always, Kaleigh Lilite