Help Change A Life

I wanted to share a story with y'all today. A story about a young man who has inspired my family and touched our hearts. It's so easy to take for granted how much we're blessed with, and Hiram has definitely served as a great reminder of all I have to be thankful for. Read his story below, written by my mama...
          "My family and I were given the opportunity by our church (Grace Presbyterian Church Houston) to receive $20 given to us by them and use these funds any way we saw fit that might make a difference in someone’s life. When our Pastor handed out the envelopes, God nudged me and I knew immediately who our recipient should be. My next task was trying to discern the best way possible that we could multiply these funds and truly make an impact.

          For starters, my immediate family of 8 each added $20 to the church’s $20 which gave us $180 to begin building. With this initial $180 we started a fund for our recipient through Amazing Ministry’s, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, with the faith and hope we could get others as excited to donate as we are.

          That gets us to our recipient and why we are reaching out to you on behalf of this worthy young man. Hiram Benitez is 23 years old and resides in Abilene, TX. Hiram never had the privilege of knowing his father and was raised by a single mother along with 6 other siblings.  She found herself on the “other side of the law” on multiple occasions and when she was going to be absent from Hiram’s life for an extended amount of time he was taken in by a wonderful foster family in Abilene. This family has provided him with much love, support and direction.

          Hiram graduated from Abilene High School and has worked most of his life to support himself.  One of his jobs was at the Abilene Country Club where he learned to swing a golf club pretty darn well. One of the country club members asked the Hardin-Simmons University golf coach to take a look at Hiram and see if he might be a candidate to play for the school and that is where our family crossed paths with him.

          Our youngest son is also a freshman at Hardin-Simmons University and plays on the golf team. We met Hiram the day we moved our youngest in to his dorm room. Hiram had been recruited by the coach to help and the thing I remember most was his contagious smile. Our son, David, has gotten to know Hiram over the last couple of months and has developed a tremendous amount of respect for him and his story. At 23, Hiram took a leap of faith and decided to go to college and is funding this solely on his own. He works full time, receives a small amount of money from FAFSA and is depending on his savings and tax refund to pay for school next semester. This is a kid who in our opinion is a winner, against all odds. Hiram loves the Lord and he lives to help others when in actuality, he needs some help himself.

          It will be such a blessing to see Hiram succeed and set an example for others and hopefully we can help him “bridge the gap” financially and stay in school. No gift is too small and most of all the act of others doing something for Hiram no matter what that may be will show Hiram the goodness of the human spirit and what God can do in your life when you truly believe in Him.

We Believe,
Kistal and Dave Key, Brooke and Derek Key, Michele and Ryan Key, Briana Buzali and David Buzali"

As you can see, Hiram has been an inspiration to my family. If you're able, please consider donating, and help us change this young man's life. If you can't donate money, please pray for Hiram, and our efforts. I will keep everyone updated!

Additional donations accepted and appreciated:
Checks payable to: Amazing Ministry, Inc. (write Hiram Benitez in the memo line)
Mailing address: P O Box 421566 Houston, Texas 77242-1566


Brittany said...

Very cool that your family is doing what they can to help out this guy. So awesome. Prayers sent for him and your family :)

Emskibeach said...

What a wonderful way to give back to someone - he sounds like a wonderful guy who is so willing to do what is needed to get on in his life and succeed despite his start in life that's so amazing!
I hope that you guys can make a massive difference in his life and give him some more support in getting himself through college.

Becky M said...

Such a sweet thing for you to do! This is so inspiring!

Mel's Mom said...

Bri this is so awesome and very touching. I loved reading that from your mom's perspective. I will help out!

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