Living The Gospel
Pastor Ronnie Stewart and his wife Krystal didn’t have to look very far to find a miracle. In fact, when they opened the doors of their Refuge Church church one day they found 2 miracles right outside their church in Pasco County, Florida. A homeless family, that included two small children had set up their camp right outside the church. The Stewarts offered to take their two toddlers inside so that they wouldn’t suffer from the temperatures that night.
“Our hearts were breaking” “We began imagining the night these boys were about to have as we were getting ready to go home to a warm, dry house.”
“We began imagining the night these boys were about to have as we were getting ready to go home to a warm, dry house.”
The Stewart family already had 3 children, and never expected to be adding 2 more to that total. The next day, after their first encounter with the homeless family, the Stewarts tried to get their family into temporary housing, however, the couple refused the help of the Stewarts. “They chose to, because of their lifestyle of substance abuse and drugs, they wanted to live out with their homeless population.”
The Stewart’s biggest concern was making sure that the two children were safe. They decided to speak with a social worker, and with the parents about possibly adopting them. Without very much struggle, the children’s parents signed the parental rights of their kids over to the Stewarts.
“Our prayer is that our story inspires others to also take generous leaps of faith when your moment arises.”