Scott's Thoughts (July 2018)

September 07, 2018


Dear Friends,

On October 27, 2017, my wife and life partner Kim, died suddenly.  She was my love, my ministry partner, my co-parent, my stability, my counselor and my friend.  When she died it felt like my life ended too.  I couldn’t imagine living without her, raising kids without her or continuing my work without her.

Yet, eight months later, here I am.  I have learned again that God can do what I cannot imagine.  The body of Christ literally carried us through those first six months by providing meals, house cleaning, childcare and help with schooling.  People I had never met came to help because Kim had touched their lives in one way or another.  While every day continues to be a challenge, God has once again proven that his grace is sufficient.  Thanks to all of you who have in some fashion been an instrument of God’s grace in our lives.

While Kim is gone, her legacy lives on.  Our respect for her has grown at PitCare as we look at how many people it has taken to do the work that she did by herself!  But I am especially grateful that the board of PitCare has chosen to build on her legacy by committing significant resources to the establishment of the Kim Parsons Library and Community Center.  Kim’s love for children led her to start a modest children’s library in our ministry house.  When it outgrew the ministry house we purchased shelving and moved it to the basement of a church we had recently bought.  When Kim died, the board decided that the best tribute it could offer Kim was to take her modest start of a library and expand it beyond her wildest dreams.  Under the amazing leadership of project manager Steff Knabe and her gifted team, we are turning the sanctuary of the church into a multiuse space, housing a full service library and also providing space for community activities, including dance, exercise and art classes, meetings, concerts, etc.

Through the hard work and artistic talents to the youth group of Grace Presbyterian Church in Dalton, GA, as well as your generous donations, we have raised approximately $30,000 toward a $50,000 goal to open and operate the library for the first year.  If you would like to help us reach our goal, you can donate online through our website or Facebook page, or send a check directly to PitCare.

Thank you so much for your prayers and financial support of our ministry. I look forward to seeing what God will accomplish with and through us in the coming months.