I started going to Unity Park several months ago. I was invited to come help with the weekly volleyball tournament for the homeless that visit the park. At first, I was hesitant about going. I wasn’t sure how this was making a difference for these people. I thought we should be providing food or some necessity to make an impact in their lives. Despite this initial feeling, I decided to go see what it was all about.
Very quickly, I saw that this was a ministry that was desperately needed. It provided an opportunity to get to know these people. An opportunity to learn their stories. And yes, the opportunity to have a good time playing volleyball.
As the weeks went by, I began to develop friendships. I was given the chance to chat with them as I signed them up for the tournament. I learned new bits and pieces of their stories each time such as how they became homeless and what struggles they might have right now.
This tournament presented the opportunity to shower the homeless with God’s love. I was able to pray for them. Prayers for protection, healing, and provision. I was there to listen to their needs and try to meet them if possible. I was there to be a friend if they needed one. I was able to show them that someone cared about them. Most importantly, I was able to show them God’s love each week.
These opportunities make a significant impact in their lives. I discovered the reason behind hosting the volleyball tournament. It wasn’t about having fun and competing. It was about sharing God’s love with the people of Unity Park.
For more info about being part of what God is up too with the homeless in Fort Worth, and how you and your family can help out, go "Like" our facebook page, or email Adam Clay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also make a donation to help provide gift cards, toiletries, etc. by visiting our "Give" page and selecting Unity Park.