Here’s an inspiring holiday story from an unlikely place--the tiny Texas town of Possum Trot.
Over the last 16 years, 25 families in that working-class community have adopted 76 children in need
According to NBC’s Today Show, W.C. Martin, the pastor of the local Bennett Chapel Baptist church, helped organize his congregation to help foster children in need.
Pastor Martin says “It’s not a whole lot that we have to offer children right here in Possum Trot. But love, peace and joy and happiness – we can offer them that.’’
Pastor Martin and his wife Donna have adopted four children themselves.
Donna told NBC News “The challenge with the kids is (them not) really, really trusting the love that you have to give them unconditionally.” She points out that many of the children came from homes in which they were abused or neglected.
The foster families in Possum Trot care for these children despite their own difficult financial circumstances.
After giving so much over the years, the families received a surprise Christmas gift. courtesy of Walmart. The company donated enough food to reopen the local food bank and provided each of the 25 adoptive families a cart of fresh groceries and a $500 gift certificate. They also bought Christmas presents for each of kids
Pastor Martin was also given a $15,000 gift card to Walmart. He says “This is like a prayer being answered,’’ “That we have prayed so hard for God, for someone, to do something. We didn’t know when, we didn’t know where, but we knew he was going to do something.’’
To learn more about this story, go to TodayShow.com and enter “Possum Trot” in the search engine.
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.