Seek support to fulfill the ministry of serving families with critically/chronically sick children who travel to Memphis area for treatment
The Dover Adventure Tour continues. We are transitioning from international missionaries reaching out to Europeans to living domestically reaching out to families like ours (i.e. families in the mid-south facing the challenges of caring for critically or chronically ill children from a Christ-like perspective) through “Habitat for Hope.” We are venturing into new places and encountering numerous people who are not from the immediate Memphis area who, like us, are in need of community support when uprooted from family, friends, and neighbors in order to seek medical treatment for severe illness.
One factor often overlooked prior to Josiah’s health issues and our medical travels from Macedonia, to Hungary, to Birmingham, to Memphis in search for answers was that of community. Family (including our missionary family) and friends graciously surrounded us through it all, though, often times it has been forced to be from a distance (i.e. phone, email, cards, letters, social media, and other such means). We have been truly encouraged through all such endeavors, but we all can appreciate that there is something intrinsic about physical contact and proximity that facilitates comfort in uncertain times of stress and heartache.
We have been graciously blessed by God with people and churches from the Memphis area, in part, because we have been working on behalf of these local bodies internationally and have made many friends throughout the world that originate from this area. We have also been blessed to have missionary friends who knew of Habitat for Hope and connected us to them. Without lodging nearby, or even within the States, HFH fulfilled that need. Meals, friendships and support, both emotional and spiritual, were provided by Habitat for Hope as well as ministry that focused on our entire family.
As we have stated to many before, this is not the path to getting us to this point in our lives we would have willingly chosen for ourselves or our children; however, beyond doubt we see God’s Hand leading us and nurturing us toward this avenue of much needed ministry.
Please visit the Habitat for Hope website for more information about the organization and their story as well as the role our jobs will play in fulfilling the mission to support, serve, and care for families facing the serious or long-term illness of a child.
Our hope is that you too have seen the need for this ministry and have decided to partner with us both financially as our sponsor and spritually as a petitioner before God.
Charlie and Jennifer Dover