Geneva* felt forgotten and embarrassed. She was grieving.
Her mom had become ill needing constant care.
Geneva stepped in to care for her mother. With little financial reserves she fell into economic hardship. Then, her mom died.
When she had been excelling financially, she had gone to church. Now Geneva felt she couldn’t contribute, so she stopped attending church. In fact, she hadn’t attended in years.
Not knowing this, local church members knocked on her door with a Box of Love.
Every Thanksgiving Cru Inner City partners with churches around the United States to give away Boxes of Love containing a complete Thanksgiving dinner for six and a booklet sharing the love of Jesus.
Geneva eagerly stepped out to speak with the church members. God’s timing was perfect, as she only had fifty cents left.
She was ashamed of her poverty, and she hadn’t told anyone that she was in great need.
As they shared with her about Jesus, Geneva expressed familiarity with Him but not a certainty of faith. The group reminded her that God is still there. Geneva began to cry.
Sharlyn, one of the church members, embraced her in a hug. Today, Sharlyn continues to check in with Geneva. She continues to build their friendship and hopes Geneva will visit her church soon, in spite of Geneva’s shame.
Thank you for partnering with us! As we serve behind the scenes, Cru staff and their church partners are able to meet women like Geneva. Your partnership is changing lives!
*Name changed to protect privacy.