Tuesday, April 3rd, I had the honor of giving the invocation at the Mosaic Partners in Possibility luncheon. It was a lovely occasion supporting an amazing ministry in our synod territory and beyond. Many of our HOT (Heart of Texas) Conference pastors and lay leaders were there and we celebrated their commitment to this ministry as well. MOSAIC provides services to developmentally disabled folks across Texas and other states. In addition, they provide meaningful employment for many individuals in their various walks of life who have experienced the challenges and pains of life. We gathered in the “Baylor Club” at McLane Stadium.
Hope is found in their work. Today we heard a testimonial from a woman who was emotionally and physically abused by her partner. In a powerful and testimony she spoke of the horror of her experience 13 years ago when she allowed her abusive boyfriend back into her apartment. She thought she would be safe because her mother was present. Instead, the boyfriend pulled a weapon, began shooting randomly and eventually killed her mother and shot her in the face. She did not die from this wound but was permanently disfigured.
Her story was one of grief, shame, and guilt until she encountered Mosaic. She did not think there was anyone who could accept her. Yet there she found acceptance, hope, and purpose. Most profoundly she told the story and clarified it by saying, “I am employed by Mosaic as a client advocate.” At Mosaic she has found employment, purpose in serving clients who need her companionship and understanding, and most of all her solidarity in their challenges.
It was an inspiring afternoon and I am grateful for the opportunity to witness and hear of these stories.