This blog post was written by Lauren Marcela, Fall Intern 2011
You never realize or know what amazing and powerful experiences life can throw your way!! I experienced this on Saturday, October 15, 2011 when I went to visit a single mom and her special needs son. When I first met this sweet little boy, I found him watching cartoons and receiving an oxygen breathing treatment. As our meeting progressed, I was shocked to find out that he has a rare genetic medical condition called Ataxia Telangaitalsia which is a terminal and progressive health condition. This rare genetic medical condition has been the causing factor for his recent diagnosis of cancer. I also learned that his mother faces a difficult life, and taking him to medical appointments that she cannot hold a full time job. She wishes she could have more help and support for taking care of her son from supportive community organizations since her family is unwilling to help her because of religious reasons.
This family touched my heart and made me realize that when you don’t have serious health issues, were raised by a Mom and Dad and come from a fortunate family, you get caught up in your own reality of your life and think that everyone’s life is that imagined reality. However, you don’t realize that the reality of someone else’s life is completely different than yours. That is why it is amazing to see God’s grace and love work with and through at risk families through organizations like Act Together Ministries. This life experience has been an amazing, eye-opening experience for me. This mother’s testimony taught me not to judge other people, that the decisions you make as a young adult affect who you become as a grown-up adult, to be more empathic and open towards other people’s life realities and to serve people in need at homeless shelters, children and families in need, the hungry and the poor . By serving the unfortunate, you are giving a positive contribution from your life to make a difference in someone’s life and are helping them live a better life to show God’s love , grace and sacrifice for people who come from different life backgrounds and situations than you do.