Posted by: Britany Marzan | July 8, 2008

July Newsletter

July 2008 Newsletter

Dear friends and friends,

It’s hard to believe it has been half of our summer already, and I feel like we have only been here for a couple weeks. My passion has grown tremendously and I never thought I would say that this summer has gone way too fast. Since being at Jefferson Street I have talked with many people and every day is different. Some days are a struggle to get through, but I keep my focus on God and loving people. Everyday I hear my friends at the shelter tell their stories on how they became homeless or just certain things that are on their minds that day. This can become exhausting, but God is my strength, without Him we cannot do it on our own. God has brought several people into my life this summer, but He has specifically brought one person that I have developed a friendship with since being here in Kentucky.
Ever since I got here I felt like God wanted me to talk to her this summer after meeting her last fall when I came to Louisville. Now I have gotten the opportunity to pour into her life, but at the same time she constantly pours right back into mine. As I challenge her with the Word she challenges me right back. I have had several opportunities to take walks and talk on a deeper level about the love that God has for us. I began to take walks with her to escape all the conversations in the day shelter. Through this her trust and openness has grown.  As I develop this friendship there have been hard times, but it never fails: God’s love continues to shine in her life and in mine as we grow together.
I have gotten to a point where I have realized that I cannot fix someone at all, but by showing the love of Christ to my friends here at Jeff. Street the Holy Spirit is at work in that situation. I just have to trust in God like it says in Psalm 126:5-6, those who sow in tears will reap with shouts of joy. Though one goes along weeping, carrying the bag of seed, he WILL surely come back with shouts of joy carrying his sheaves. But at the same time we must be patient through this time (NASB).  God has shown me that I have been trying to go on my own time and my own way of how I want this summer to look like, but it’s about putting every day in His hands and in His due time the harvest will grow. So we must plant seeds, have faith, and wait patiently. Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord (NASB).
Asking someone if there is anything you can pray for them may seem so small, but the result can be so powerful. Imagine not being able to open up with someone because you are scared of what they will do with that information or look at you differently because of it. This is some of the things my friends deal with on a day to day basis. The simple thought or action to take the time to ask and also taking the time to just sit and listen means the world to people. To know that we can trust each other no matter what the situation is so encouraging and a lot of the time people have never experienced that trust at all in their lives. That opens doors up like you would not believe.
God has also opened up doors in our neighborhood like you wouldn’t believe. Many things don’t seem like a big deal at first, but when you slowly see God growing that seed you have planted, it is such a blessing. One of our neighbors, Mrs.Stevenson, two houses down is fighting breast cancer. She takes care of her two grandsons because her daughter is battling a drug addiction. I have never seen a woman so strong. The other day she came home from the hospital after she had to undergo one of her last surgeries to try to remove the cancer. Not even an hour or two later she was out talking to us and helping us plant flowers that she had given us.
Three days ago I was walking with one of my teammates and we past by her house and she was on her porch so we stopped to say hello and see how she was doing. We talked for a while and prayed with her for her recovery from surgery. She asked us what church we went to and wanted to know if she could come with us the following Sunday. Mrs. Stevenson has not been to church in 20 years. She is just a small example of a seed that we are seeing start to harvest a little at a time. I ask you to be praying for her as she makes this step on July 6th.
God is doing so much this summer it is so hard to sum up in just a small letter. I look forward to talking with you all in the future about all my experiences and friendship I have made.

Britany Marzan

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  1. Hi Britany! I am Coran’s mom and am so enjoying reading the blogs that you and your teammates share! After reading your July newsletter yesterday, I asked Coran if Mrs. Stevenson attended church on Sunday. He said that she did!!! Praise God! I can only imagine how excited you and the other girls were to have her worship with you! I am so touched and inspired by what all of you on the HOPE team are doing this summer. God is truly using you to bless many folks in the Louisville community…as well as the folks reading your stories! May God bless YOU, keep you safe, and keep you encouraged as you continue doing His work! ~Betty


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