We don’t believe in coincidence and our own story is proof that God’s providence (His purpose in our lives) is undeniable!
One morning as Restore One was sharing our continued vision with local pastors and church supporters, some time was spent praying over each room in the Anchor House. Being on the board for Restore One has allowed me the privilege of spending some time there, of which, I recalled that I had never set foot in the Cottage (where the boys would sleep and call home). Afterwards, I went back through the Cottage to make sure all of the lights were off. As I entered into the second room I had an overwhelming feeling of protectiveness and that the boys that were coming were indeed “ours”. Kenn’s heart was already aligned when I called to tell him what had happened! Both my husband and I have dreamed of what it would be like to be House Parents for the Anchor House, but those dreams were from a time where we were both single and had NO IDEA that God was getting ready to join us together for His Glory! As I locked the door on the way out of the Cottage that day, I knew in my Spirit that there was more to this feeling. Little did I know, the path God was leading us towards.
Kenn and I have supported Restore One since before we began this amazing journey that is our life together, and God has continued to show us that this fight is worth fighting, just now, we can fight it together!
Early on in our relationship, we often spoke about our personal relationships with Christ and how we hear His voice. One thing we have in common is that we both hear through repetition and His peace that passes understanding. When we prayed about getting married, we asked God what we could do to honor Him with our union. He gave us a vision for One Worship Fest, a community worship experience, where He then led us to give any donations that came in to Restore One. Little did we know that just two months prior to this, The Anchor House would be partially flooded due to an unexpected hurricane, and restoration of the house would need to begin. We may not have foreseen this need, but GOD DID! We have shared the vision of Restore One for the past two years at these events and have celebrated along side them as we have seen God’s faithfulness!
As we set out for this next adventure as the house parents for Anchor House, we are reflecting on how our journeys have prepared us perfectly for each other as we rest in God’s hands and submit to listening and obeying where He leads us. We took the time to pray over if we should apply for the position of House Parents. We wanted to make sure we did not respond out of emotion and instead from hearing God clearly that this was the right step to take in faith. We humbly asked our spiritual authorities and parents to pray over this decision, as there is wisdom in listening to counsel (Prov. 12:15). Logistically this path answered so many prayers, and our hearts aligned with what God was showing us as we began to talk about “our family” and all the amazing things God will do through these boys! The overwhelming support of our families and community is yet again the repetition that God uses as he winks at us urging us to continue on.
It has been our honor to serve on both the Advisory Board and Executive Board as God has been preparing us for this step without us even knowing it! It is our hope that as we transition into this role we will see a glimpse into what could be with God’s direction and the support of our community! We love that we serve a loving and gracious God and that He is faithful to do abundantly more that we could ever think or imagine!
Please continue to hold Restore One, The Anchor House, and the many lives that will be impacted by this amazing organization in prayer! We commit to do the same and love these boys as Christ has loved us.
- Crystal Pritchard