The valley has been filled with smoke. Smoke that irritates your throat and lungs and puts tempers on edge. Besides the physical affects, the smoke is also an indication of loss. Lost habitats, lost animals, lost homes, and lost memories.
We have amazing firefighters to fight the fires and work to stop the damage, but the rest of us have to wait and hope that the smoke clears, the land regrows, and homes are rebuilt and filled with new memories.
Many of the children we work with have lives clothed in such smoke. They've lost homes, parents, and havens. Their memories are often clouded with something that chokes them up if they dare to think of it. It's no wonder their tempers are often on edge and tears fought back.
As mentors, you have the ability to fight the fires in their lives. You don't have to just wait to see if the smoke will clear. By just showing up, you bring a breath of hope to their lives. You fight the fires of negative events by showing them positive possibilities. As you consistently give your time, you are privileged to watch their lives regrow and fill with good memories.
We thank you for giving so much to make a difference to so many. It is our privilege to work with you.
Thank you for being a blessing.