May 7, 2016
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing this letter as a testimony for Hearts Home.
I had the pleasure of meeting Sister Diana a little over a year and a half ago, when I began attending a local bible study group. It was at that time that I first heard of Hearts Home. You can imagine that I had many questions. What is Hearts Home? What do you do there? Why do they have it here, in a tiny little town? All of my questions would soon find answers.
At the time, Sister and the other members of Hearts Home were gearing up for a holiday sale to support their missions. I was curious, so I stopped by to see what I might purchase for my children’s Sunday school teachers and to find out some more about Hearts Home itself. First, I was taking aback by the beauty and tranquility of the home and sanctuary itself. Sister told me that often people would come to spend some time there in retreat, or to ‘get away’ and reconnect with God. I could see why. From the first moment I was there, I felt welcomed, loved, and peaceful. Sister Diana was a gracious host. She met me on the porch in greeting with a warm hug and big smile. She simply said. “I am so glad to see you. Come and see what is here. I want to show you.” I would learn about the beautiful missions and works that the Sisters had done all around the world. About the children they were caring for and ministering to in third world places, about the adults and families that they spread the love and comfort of the Lord to. I saw pictures of smiling people who had been touched by their grace. I was amazed at all of the knowledge, artifacts, crafts, and pictures they shared for sale that day, and was touched by the fact that the reason for the sale was to raise funds to support their missions. Support and love others. I felt a profound sense of gratitude for all that they had done to reach out with the loving hand of the Lord, and found myself wanting to know more about Hearts Home.
In the weeks and months following that first day, I visited Hearts Home many times. Bible studies were hosted there. I recall one particular bible study that would also be a surprise birthday celebration for a member of our group who was going through a particularly rough time in her life. The Sisters wanted to embrace her with love, show her how much she was loved by God and them. It was a beautiful evening, filled with prayer, thanksgiving, laughter, and joy. Not one I will soon forget.
I realize now why Hearts Home is so important here in our tiny town, and why it is so important to the rest of the world. It is because it a place that openly embraces you with love, filled with special people who always reach out to spread the word and grace of God, offer peace and a soft place to land when you are troubled or need to reconnect with God, a place with open ears to hear and then soothe all of your worries, or rejoice in your joy through faith in the Lord. It is the merciful hand of God who touches those who are needy, poor, and in need of the spirit. Hearts Home embodies God’s love for us.
That’s why I love Hearts Home. My heart has been touched forever by the love and grace I have found there. In this year of mercy, I see Hearts Home as an extension of the loving hand of God. And as Sister Diana always says. “Come whenever you need to. The door is always open.” Open with love and faith and the support of God. Thank God for that and for Hearts Home.
Very sincerely yours,