Our CEO, Devon Loggins, had the opportunity to support MCH alumni at his military graduation recently.
At my U.S. Army Basic Combat Training Graduation, I remember looking over and seeing almost my entire family there cheering me on. They were proud and made a lot of noise in support of my decision and accomplishment.
Recently, I had the opportunity to do the same thing for one of MCH’s own- Kristopher. After living in our Seal Boy’s Home for two years, Kristopher decided to enlist into the army. After Kristopher’s arrival at basic training, he was able to write one letter home and I was honored when he wrote the letter to MCH.
When myself and other MCH staff members arrived at the graduation ceremony in Ft. Benning, GA, we were the only “family” there for Kristopher. Likewise, we were proud and made sure that he heard us in the audience.
After the graduation ceremony, Kristopher seemed upset. When I asked him what was wrong he said, “I don’t know where I’ll go when we all have leave. All the other soldiers will go home, but I don’t know where I’ll go.”
When he said this, I was blown away. This solider, who has been trained to fight and kill, is worried about home, about family. I told him, he would come home to Mississippi - to MCH. It seemed he just needed to hear and be reassured that we will always have a place for him.
When we talk about “family always”, I think of a home base. It is where you get your strength and energy. Imagine a kid who didn’t have that. So, for Kris to be able to get his strength from MCH reminds me why it’s so important to do what we do.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
Seeing Kristopher prosper and do well is like reaping a harvest. Growing up on a farm, I know the harvest comes only after lots of hard work. Each staff, volunteer, and donor has been slowly and consistently planting seeds in Kristopher’s life through giving their talent, time and resources.
Thank you for not giving up in “doing good”. Thank you for walking alongside me as we plant seeds of hope and healing in each child’s life. Your love and support means more than you know!
Only by Grace,
Children First, Family Always!