A Georgia family recently turned a cancelled wedding into a ministry to 200 homeless people, including the venue, food and entertainment that had all been paid for. When their daughter changed her mind about walking down the aisle, Willie and Carol Fowler decided to donate the event to a local homeless organization called Hosea Feed the Hungry, reported ABC News.
“It was a vision,” Fowler said. “(Mr. Fowler) said he had prayed on it during the night and God had directed him and that’s what we were going to do.”
Administrators at Hosea Feed the Hungry thought the offer was a joke at first, but after a meeting with the organization to prove the family’s good intentions, arrangements were made to bus 200 homeless women, children and families to the venue for the event on September 15. Adults enjoyed a catered meal and a motivational speaker while children enjoyed face-painters, jugglers and plenty of room to run and play. The Fowlers greeted all the guests and were deeply involved in the day’s events.
“There is no way to explain how it makes you feel, but it’s wonderful,” Willie Fowler said.
“It’s just that wonderful, rewarding feeling,” Carol Fowler said. “If we could just inspire one youth in that crowd to rise above the situation today and be a very responsible member of society tomorrow, that would be extremely rewarding.”
“When you look at the faces of the women and children and actually participated in the event, they look like you and me,” said Quisa Foster of Hosea Feed the Hungry. “These are working families that for whatever reason—the recession, economic turn—have found themselves in a place where they’re without a place to live and starting over. It was a wonderful event. It brought tears to my eyes.”
The Fowlers plan to make the event a yearly affair.