Beyond Labels: Homeless

One of the most difficult funerals that I’ve participated in was a funeral of a distant relative of mine. His name was Robert. Robert’s early life was full of promise and hope.  He was a bright young man and was within a semester or two of finishing college at Old Dominion University, but sadly Robert suffered from the debilitating disease of alcoholism. He battled that disease his entire life and it ended up wrecking his life.

Making a Difference

For this month’s newsletter I’d like to introduce you to one of Bethel’s Preschool students, Braxton Kerns.  Braxton is five years old and he  recently organized a food drive for Charlotte’s Food Pantry. I asked his mother, Heather Kerns, “Why would a five year old organize a food drive?” She said this journey began a couple of years ago at Christmas.  Heather and her husband Tommy often share with their children the importance of helping others who are in need.  Heather and Tommy not only shared with their children about people in  need, they decided to do something to meet people’s needs. Read more…