I just received a beautiful message from someone’s mum today expressing her love for her child, and the gratitude and comfort she receives knowing that we have supported her son. Her son had encouraged her to visit Wayside and she finally had the opportunity to do so. Although she had not agreed with many of his choices she still recognised the goodness of his heart, and his many talents, rarely expressed. She also said that he thrived mostly when he felt needed, and this is what struck me the most. Our sense of connection is built on our ability to help others. I can imagine no greater pain than the heart of a parent who has lost connection to their precious child. I once sat by a hospital bed as I watched my daughter, feeling utterly powerless. I remind myself every day that everyone who walks through our doors has been someone’s child, and we try to extend the same unconditional love without strings attached.
As I get to the end of my first year as Pastor and CEO, and I look at the people in front of me who emerge from hot showers in warm, dry clothes, and those clutching hot cups of tea and plates of toast, I am so proud of what we do. We only have a week to go to reach our target of raising $1.2 million for the Winter Appeal, and we have a significant amount to go. I have the deepest gratitude to all who have given to us so far, and graciously ask for help from those who haven’t. We can only do what we do because of your generosity. If you can make a donation to our Winter Appeal, please do so here.
Thank you for being part of the Inner Circle.