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Whatever it Takes

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This is LH Kids volunteer, Charlie. On Sunday, September 14 he walked 2 miles from the Titans game in order to avoid traffic so his wife Hilary could quickly pick him up on the side of the road; all so they could make it to church in time to serve together during the Team PM 4:30 service. That’s the kind of folks who are committed to seeing our kids loved at Long Hollow! C’MON! 

September 16, 2014

A Single Mom’s Praise

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Nancy Campbell is a single mom, a member at Long Hollow, and faithful volunteer on our Hendersonville media team. There was no way to see her diagnosis coming earlier this year, but Nancy shares with us an amazing story of God’s faithfulness and how much she’s grown spiritually through some of her lowest valleys.

I am a single mom with a 17-yr-old daughter, Skylar, with a praise to share. On March 18, 2014, I was suddenly diagnosed with APL Leukemia after being sick and weak for several weeks. I spent 5 weeks in ICU receiving chemo – very sick and tired. All I wanted was to be left alone in the dark and lie in the bed and be still and quiet. I didn’t want the blinds opened or the t.v. on; I only wanted to pray to God non-stop in the quiet. I’d meditate and believe that He would take over. I trusted Him and had faith, but I was still scared and I asked Him to cure me and take away my fears. I recalled certain memories from what I’d learned in GriefShare when my mother passed away and correlated God’s promises to me. My fears dimished and I began to have an outlook to see Him at work over me and I was more peaceful and positive in my ICU stay. Even though I was physically weak and very sick with fevers and blisters – so bad I couldn’t talk or eat for days at a time – my faith was stronger. I could feel His presence with me.

It got worse when they found blood on my brain and transferred me to CCU, but God healed it. I laid it at His feet. I lost my hair, which was the hardest for me to let go of, but it’s only hair; it’ll grow back.

I went home the day before Easter, April 19, 2014. Although I was weak and got tired easily, I continued to pray the whole time I laid around. I had to deal with my home and finances – with no income – and began to feel overwhelmed, letting my worry take over. I knew I couldn’t do anything about it. I prayed for His peace. He took care of it, blessing me with my daughter being especially helpful and with family, friends, church family, my Small Group, and the creative media team staff of Long Hollow (with whom I serve) stepping in to help. These were all such great prayer warriors that can see me now and see how God works. It’s a wonderful, mighty thing.

I’m now in remission. I give it up to my Holy Father. He does as He says. He’s good. I love Him and am so thankful for each day He’s given me. I’m blessed and appreciative that He cared for me in every way; spiritually, physically, and monetarily, with prayers coast-to-coast.

I praise God for making this verse from His word so personal for me today!

We will not be spared pain, suffering or hardship, but God will see us through to a glorious conclusion. (Jeremiah 29:11)

June 4, 2014

Well Worth the Time

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Long Hollow member and Special Needs volunteer Casey S. shares her weekly experience in this touching story:

It is an absolute treat to get to hang out with the kids in the lhkidz Special Needs classroom every week. Each little person is uniquely wired to somehow make your day a million times brighter than when you first walked in the doors. Whether it’s a big, bright smile with an excited greeting, a bear hug, or getting to see them worship in their own way with true reckless abandon while visiting “big church for live music”, the whole experience is guaranteed to be a spirit-lifter.

Over the past two years these kids have taught me so much about what it looks like to freely love others like Jesus does. My buddies are incredibly special and will forever have a piece of my heart. I’m beyond grateful for them, their sweet families, and this incredible ministry! I would highly encourage anyone who has the slightest curiosity about serving in this ministry to stop in to meet the kids and volunteers, ask questions, & join in on the fun! It’s well worth your time and energy!

March 27, 2014

They Get It

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Every Sunday, no matter what the day throws at me, I come home with an overflowing heart. Always.

I usually take two of my Special Needs boys to service to hear the music (they’re real big on their music). They are usually pretty quiet- sure to observe every light, person, movement, and noise in the worship center. During last week’s service though, one of the boys started humming quietly. He had no idea that I was paying such close attention to him, but with each song his humming got louder and eventually turned into singing- beautiful, beautiful singing. When the last song started and he began to recognize the melody, he started jumping, laughing, and clapping before quickly joining in- with his entire heart {pure, reckless abandon}. He sang that old hymn about God’s goodness and faithfulness to the top of his lungs and danced in excitement while I was trying my hardest to hold back tears. He gets it.

Those moments- the moments when my boys are genuinely worshipping in their own way unaware of their observers- those are my absolute favorite. Being able to witness that particular sweet exchange between one of my boys & God was completely overwhelming and left my heart overflowing with joy. I KNOW that all of heaven was applauding and rejoicing with him.

I’m just overwhelmed with gratitude that I got to experience that little glimpse of heaven for a brief moment.

March 27, 2014

Special Needs Volunteer Quote

Like every mission trip the Lord has allowed me to participate in to be a blessing to people, including children in foreign lands, I am blessed more than they are through my serving and I feel the same way about being able to love and care for children with Special Needs at Long Hollow.

 

Todd, LH Member & lhkidz Special Needs Volunteer | Hendersonville
March 27, 2014

Moses & the Burning Bush: Preschool Style

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Brock has been wearing his burning bush hat all day! He came out of Sunday school and immediately told me all about Moses and the burning bush. Thank you for all that you do for our preschoolers!

-Mother of Brock, Preschooler at our Hendersonville Campus

March 10, 2014

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