There’s an old adage that goes something like this, “A family that prays together stays together!” It was first coined in the early by Father Patrick Peyton, a Irish Roman Catholic priest and founder of the “Family Rosary Crusade.”
Peyton was a popular and charismatic figure in Latin America and popularized the phrase “The family that prays together stays together” in the early 1900’s.
Without damaging the integrity of what Peyton was trying to communicate, I’d like to alter this phrase just a tad.
While walking on #MAP18 to bring attention to the poor and vulnerable, my wife and I have learned that not only does “a family prays together stays together,” but also “a family that sacrifices together must also endure burdens together.”
I love my family, and I know this journey has been hard on them like it has been hard on me.
In fact, if you know me then you know that family and friendship mean a lot to me. My family is my heartbeat and I don’t call a lot of people friend. But, if I do call you friend then I do really mean it.
Over the last 23 days, my wife and children have had to endure some of the same hardships that I have experienced. Why? Because whatever I carry they carry as well.
For instance, on the last walk to Washington D.C., they were able to walk with me and experience the walk too, but on this walk we felt that it was safer for them to be present but not walk.
My wife opened up and did an interview to explain what she has felt while I’ve been on this particular walk.
You’ll be able to view that below, but I would like to first share a few things that my wife and I have learned is this journey:
I. We’ve learned that when one person in the family is called to a mission, everyone in the family is called to that same mission.
It must be agreed upon by everyone in the family to carry the load and sacrifice. If everyone is not on board, then it will make the mission even harder. As a family, we all feel like this is what we were assembled to do together as a unit—serve those who are forgotten.
II. We’ve learned that when one person feels pressure, everyone feels that pressure.
For instance, in the video below my wife explains what she’s been carrying although not walking with me every single day.
One of the ways we maintain strength is by reminding each other of our original commitment to finish what we’ve started no matter what the outcome is.
III. We’ve learned that if children are present, they are watching.
On day 22, my daughter wrote me a note about what she is learning from watching my wife and I.
She said, “I’m learning that when we take care of those who are poor, God takes care of us.” Each day, I’m not only driven by who I’m fighting for, but by who is watching me—my children.
Check out the full video below to hear my wife’s side of the story below:
Here’s a recap from our recent “Gather Atlanta” in the heart of the city!
We are leading “A Movement of Doers” from all walks to love those who are vulnerable and living on the margins of society.
One of the great things about our “Gather Atlanta” serve days is that people come from everywhere under the umbrella of love to build relationships with those experiencing homelessness and poverty and to take #lovebeyondwalls
This year, we made a huge impact for Thanksgiving! We had over 100 volunteers, 10 partnering organizations, and were able to provide enough food for 2000 people in the community. Check out our recap video and consider volunteering with us during the Christmas Season.
WATCH VOICELESS DOCUMENTARY FREE!!!
About three weeks ago, our organization was offered a distribution deal for our documentary film “Voiceless.”
Although it was a huge opportunity, I (Terence) felt the pressure of having to entrust our message to many people who are not connected to the day-to-day work of fighting for those who are marginalized.
So, instead I (Terence) have chosen to make our documentary free to the public. Many would say this is foolish and insane to turn down a deal, but my heart has always been about educating, equiping, and moving people to care about those suffering with poverty in our country.
Therefore, if you have not seen our documentary and have always wanted to see it you can do so FREE of charge below.
Please read the disclaimer note to support our work!
After watching this film, you have three options to support Love Beyond Walls:
1) Go directly to our site and make a donation to our cause. Your support helps us to continue fighting poverty and homelessness (lovebeyondwalls.org/give).
2) Download a free 22 page workbook on our site at (lovebeyondwalls.org/voicelessfilm) to get next steps and continue the conversation on poverty.
3) Share this film as it is an important message in our country.
On October 3rd, 500+ young adults gathered to watch our “Voiceless” documentary at Victory World Church in Fusion ATL – Check out a quick video that has initial responses from young adults that watched the film. Powerful.
To learn more or watch our documentary, please visit voicelessfilm.com
We asked, and you showed up!
We had an overwhelming show of generosity in response to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Thanks to your donations these past few weeks, we’ve been able to resource two truckloads of basic necessities to Texas.
Special shout out to Mike Fye for driving down to deliver the much-needed supplies — thanks, Mike!
Screening at Genesis Church
This past weekend, we were invited to screen “Voiceless” in our third state — Florida!
The screening was packed out with hundreds of people in attendance. We were blown away by the response!
A big thanks to Genesis Church i
n Orlando for hosting us as we continue to bring attention to systemic poverty.
We are just 25 days away from launching our film at the Center for Civil & Human Rights.
We’re looking for 15 volunteers who want to serve with our team on this special day!
If you’re interested in helping out, go to lovebeyondwalls.org/volunteer to sign up or click the graphic below.
Volunteer slots are limited.
Earlier this year, we started using creative housing to get people experiencing homelessness off the streets.
We’ve learned a lot about how hard it is to find a place to stay if you miss the cut off time for a shelter. Therefore, we started telling this story about excess. In this country we have so much excess, but we have yet to tap into this excess to solve “real time” problems.
A few months back, a generous family reached out to us and donated this brand new RV (equipped with a shower, a restroom, and living space).
They took their excess and said, “We want to see it help people…”
Therefore, we’ve decided to launch Atlanta’s first Mobile Shelter. It’s called Mobile Stay, and we are less than a month away from giving stays to those who have no safety net.
To give to our mission, visit lovebeyondwalls.org/give