We’ve been working. A lot. Usually 6 days a week.
So when Brian said he was going to a work day at the Whitefield Center this past Saturday I was reluctant about him going. I thought he should rest but we agreed it was important to go.
While there Brian met a retired man named Max* who lives in a nearby senior assisted living community served by the Whitefield Center. Max used to be a construction worker but now is unable to do the fine motor skills work due to arthritis. He shared with Brian how he dropped out of high school at 16 to provide for his family and how he wished he could earn his GED.
As the day progressed he opened up to Brian about the biggest challenge he faces. Max can’t read. He watches the joy his wife receives when she reads books but he can’t experience it himself. This proud man opened up to Brian and became visibly moved as he humbled himself and shared his struggle. Brian encouraged him and said we could find him a coach who could teach him to read.
Max’s eyes filled with tears and asked why. Brian shared simply, God loves us. We love God and because of that we share His love with others. He told Max there would be a day when Mack would be encouraging the younger students at Hope to not give up on pursuing their purpose.
Please pray for Max as he starts his journey, for a volunteer reading coach to come forward and for Max to find his God given purpose.