Over the last six years, many youth, young adults, children and parents have become involved in the Reality Church community. Rides to church grew to require multiple vehicles, and youth and young adults began coming back to The House for lunch after church. A few parents began attending church with their children and soon additional past house residents began requesting Sunday morning pickups for their children. Within a couple of years about 100 Inner Hope community members had attended a gathering or event at Reality Church. What began organically created the need for volunteer drivers, cooks, and individuals to invest in the lives of our young people.
Initially Carla Dickinson was the main coordinator of our Sunday ministry and Kiersten took over much of the responsibility when she joined us as our Director of Programs 2 ¾ years ago. Last September Darrell Bedford took on the role of Sunday Coordinator with an increased focus on the children. In August 2016, Darrell stepped down from this role shortly before his wedding to Carla Dickinson (and becoming a father of 5) mid-September.
During this last transition it was impressed upon our hearts that there was an opportunity to increase the integration of the Inner Hope community with the Reality Church Community. As a result, we have matched individuals and families at Reality with Inner Hope families/children who need rides to church on Sunday mornings. Sarah Hau has stepped up to coordinate a monthly community lunch after church in Reality’s basement, providing the opportunity for Reality members and Sunday drivers to spend part of the afternoon further developing relationships with Inner Hope’s young people and families. We’re so thankful for God’s provision, and look forward to see how God will continue to work in this ministry!