SAM Celebrates 9th Anniversary
It's hard to believe that Smile Again Ministries is now nine years old. Judy and I founded SAM on May 4, 2007. We could never have imagined what God had in store for us when we stopped talking about the idea and took the steps of faith that have led us to this point in our ministry.
This year marks the seventh summer that Whitetail Lodge has been opened. Since hosting the very first family who's infant son had died Judy and I have had the privilege of meeting with scores of families who have suffered the loss of a child. Every story is different, but the ending is always the same. The heartbreaking reality of a child lost and the agonizing grief that follows. At the same time we have seen lives changed as we've walked with moms and dads and surviving siblings on this journey we call grief.
Judy and I want to thank everyone who has helped us along the way. Hundreds of people have supported us in prayer and financially. We are humbled as we reflect on how blessed we have been with your trust and support.
Ultimately, none of this would be possible without a great God who gives us wisdom when we don't know what to say.
As we enter year 10 we look forward to meeting more and more families and offering them the hope and peace that only God can give after the loss of a child. If you know of a family that has lost a child please point them to Smile Again Ministries. And please do one more thing, pray for Judy and me and for the families that come to Whitetail Lodge.
God bless, and remember - we love you guys! Pat & Judy