Local churches pour hope back into the community

WICHITA, KS- Holding on to his son Michael Tjeda is all smiles, but a year ago the father of four says his life was nothing to smile about.

“We were homeless,” said Tjeda. “It was really hard for me because I didn’t have a job. I haven’t had a job in 3 years.”

Though Michael’s life may not be the way he would like it to be, he says he found compassion for others..after visiting convoy of hope last year.

On Saturday he’s decided to return to Convoy of Hope, this time to pay it forward.

“It’s hard,” he said. “I see all these people god gave me the heart to fill their needs and what they’re going through. There are a lot of people that don’t have anything. People take for granted what they have in life.”

For one day 47 acres are transformed into a headquarters providing much needed items and services to the community. With the help of 75 local business and organizations and close to 60 churches, Bethel Life Center is able to provide groceries, school supplies, clothing and shoes, haircuts, family portraits, and health and dental services–all free of charge to the 10,000 guest this year.

A huge relief for parents like Andre Claibourn who’s two children are starting kindergarten this year.

“It’s helping financial wise its easier for me to not have to sit around and figure out what to get,” said Claibourn.

Just to see the faces of those grateful for a worry free day filled with love, hope and prayer is what matters most.

“Convoy of Hope changed my life. It changed my family’s life and thank you,” said and emotional Tjeda.  “Thank you for everything you’ve done. I’m just glad to be here to help everyone that’s in need thank you Jesus.”

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