Life is full of many ups and downs and takes us on a journey which leads to many paths. We would like to share with you how our path lead us to our current destination which is being a happy family at Jackson Park.
Our family moved to Jackson Park in July of 2014. We were destitute as we had just lost our home, many belongings, were barely feeding our children, going in between family and friends homes at night to sleep and seeking desperately for help and for hope, which we had lost at that point. Our marriage was hanging on by a thread, as a result of not effectively managing our family crisis and our children were not receiving the best of us. We were in a dark place and Jackson Park Ministries became our guiding light. We knew we had come to the right place and at the right time. There was a spirit of love at Jackson Park and we knew God abided in that place, because He is love. We have grown and are still growing tremendously since being a part of the JPM family. Through parenting, marriage and financial classes, we have developed and acquired so much knowledge about how God wants us to live. How He wants us to parent, have a successful marriage and handle our finances. We have learned that the transformation process in changing your life begins and ends with seeking Christ in all that you do. We are amazed at the selflessness of such people as Pastor Bob, Pastor Tim, our financial advisor (Rick), the volunteers who work with us and just JPM as a whole. They give us hope and equip us to live a fuller life. These people really care and want to see you and your family do well in life.
Our praise report and testimony is that unlike when we first arrived at Jackson Park a little over a year ago, we now have hope. Our marriage, children and finances are doing better now than ever before. Through self-improvement and accountability, we know that without a doubt when we leave here to go on our next path, we will be more than ready. We will never forget our experience at Jackson Park…through Christ, Jackson Park saved our lives. When we had no direction, nowhere to turn and in a dark place, God sent us here to remind us that we were not alone. The work while here is not easy. It is soul-searching and life-changing, but so much worth experiencing the ultimate outcome of being transformed, into God’s image.
Our family scripture is Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. We are humbly grateful for God’s promises coming to fruition in our life and becoming a reality through being a part of Jackson Park. With God on our side, we are confident that the best is yet to come.
The Graham Family (September 23, 2015)