I’ve had moments where I have felt so small in this big world. Still, it’s always amazing to me when we’re reminded how small the world can be. Whether it’s running into someone you haven’t seen in years to find out they live just down the street from you or being in the same room as someone you met in a totally different context in another time in life. Yesterday, I found myself with two women I met when working in the news industry. I interviewed them while they were going through a seriously tough situation. Then, maybe around a year later, we found ourselves in a new place, tilting our heads at each other as if to say “wait, I know you.”
At the time of our first encounter, the couple was feeling like outcasts in their community. Their family was hurt and heartbroken. I don’t think they knew (who could?) that in the months to come they would decide to leave and get away from it all. (Note- it wasn’t Fort Wayne but nearby.) They felt like it was just too much to take. Really, they lost faith in their neighbors. At the same time, unknowingly, I was crawling toward emotions relating to my job which I loved that I hadn’t expected to reach either.
About two months ago they decided to move back to Indiana, but this time to Fort Wayne. While getting everything back on track, they’ve found themselves needing someone with them in that journey. Then they discovered Trinity. They aren’t members and haven’t been here before but somehow heard about our care and love for our neighbors. They came to talk with someone about food. There they heard we would be filling Dignity Bags, stocked bags of personal hygiene products we give to our partners at Wellspring, and that we would be filling them in a couple days. So, they decided to come help. The mentality was you were there for me, I would like to repay that and to be there for you.
As we caught up, we shared our stories of how we ended up at Trinity. Though everything isn’t exactly perfect, these two women are pushing forward and things are looking up. The future looks brighter for them and you could feel their determination and positivity. They were surprised to see I wasn’t in news anymore and we talked about how that happened and the effect the decision has had on me. All of it circled back to one simple thought: life happens as it should and I was meant to end up here. So were they.
I’m so glad that Trinity’s mission isn’t a secret. We were just featured in Fort Wayne Magazine discussing some of the work we do. As great as that was, seeing two people from the past find us from another town and come here to trust in us is even better. We care about our neighbors and I think they care about us.
What is on your mind? How can Trinity be a better neighbor for you? As the new season is closer than ever, new beginnings are so close. Let’s get there together.
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