As we serve meals to our friends on North Street every Saturday in Daytona Beach, I meet women from all walks of life. Every now and then I connect with them. I look them in the eyes and smile, some choose to not look up for fear of being judged. But when they do lift their head they meet love. A love that points no fingers. A love that says you are welcome here.
I’ve had the privilege of talking with some of them. Learn their names and give them hugs. Some have even asked for prayer. Others are involved in harmful relationships. One left an abusive boyfriend that left her without shoes or a change of clothes as she fled for her safety. I am thankful to God for those who donate clothing and shoes each week for she was able to get what she needed.
Since we began serving meals to our friends I’ve had a real desire to provide housing for women who are looking to get out of their destructive relationships and lifestyles. A place that provides Safety and Hope! And when they come to us for help I can scoop them up and lead them onto a new path, a new journey; a new life!
I know I will see it come to pass one day and I’m encouraged because I know that all things are possible. It took two years with a vision for young women and we currently have our first home for aged out foster girls, Legacy House, which helps prevent homelessness among teens, prostitution and trafficking. We are currently trusting God for a home for older women that never had anyone help them and lead them toward a better life. There are a few amazing ministries in the Daytona Beach area but they are limited. We need more.
Pastor Nina Tidwell is Co-founder and Pastor of Ponce Church in Ponce Inlet along with her husband Pastor Rick Tidwell. She is also founder/pastor of Ponce Church of St. Augustine and has a heart to help women. She is also Co-author of The Main Thing and The Right Thing – by Rick and Nina Tidwell
If you are reading this and are in danger of abuse please call 911, get out and seek safety. Also contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline
At, Ponce Church in Ponce Inlet, Ponce Church of St. Augustine and Ormond Church we help feed the homeless, provide housing for girls aging out of the foster care to prevent youth homelessness and trafficking. For more visit legacyhousingproject.com
We also provide a private campground for our homeless friends. And are planning to launch our second home for aged out foster girls in St. Augustine, Florida. Visit Ponce Church of St. Augustine and Legacy Housing St. Augustine for more information and updates. Thank you.