Berryville VA - Face painting is a unique fine-art ministry that can lead to amazing miracles.
Heart of a Pastor and his Flock
“Desmond Herbert a young man in his 20's attended the National Night Out, to raise money to buy a pace-maker for his Pastor Bill Swope, (who preaches at the Wesleyan Chapel in Berkeley Springs, WV),” explained René White (Feather) who volunteered with the Native American Church of Virginia to do Art in Nature™ face art during the local National Night Out event Aug. 5.
"Desmond was the most amazing person whose face I painted." she added. "I am never surprised who Creator God sits down next to me to face paint or who sets their table up next to mine in the park."
Hearts of Women for Women
The Laurel Center team who set up a table across from René are now partners with the Native American Church of Virginia, thanks to their meeting during the National Night Out event.
Leslie Hardesty sexual assault program coordinator and Melanie Bounds domestic program coordinator shared with passion how no one should live with violence nor the fear of violence. They empower victims of domestic and sexual violence by providing emergency housing, advocacy, support services, and education. (Facebook)
Heart for Our Neighbors
“We believe a Mighty Hand helps orchestrate possibilities for us all,” René said. “We are excited about this new opportunity to help Desmond raise money for his pastor’s heart and help their hearts of women who are victims of domestic and sexual violence.”
"I believe Great Spirit leads people into our lives and us into their lives for a purpose,” added René. “We love our neighbors. And this is one small way of doing something about it.”
Heart for the Native Way
As it began to rain and everyone left the park, then walked over Tracey Pitcock and her daughter Tiffany and son.
Tracey has experience running Pow Wows and Tiffany is a Native dancer. Their whole family have Spirit names. They are of Cherokee.
"We were the last ones to leave the park. We are connected in an amazing and providential way that cannot be explained on a computer," René said. "As we stood in the rain and looked at the clouds, I knew this is the beginning of a beautiful new friendship. I'm glad I listened to "The Call" to volunteer."
About National Night Out
National Night Out is a community awareness-raising event held across the nation on the first Tuesday of August to support the local police, fire and rescue first responders.
Local police and fire departments invited families to Rose Hill Park to celebrate the nation-wide event and meet & greet our emergency responders. The event featured free food, activities and information about community services.
Representatives from the local fire and rescue and state and county police showed equipment and shared safety tips. Representatives from the local health department, social services and animal shelter also participated.
“We love our neighbors,” said René White (Feather) Native American Church president. “ And this is one small way of doing something about it.”
Help Desmond buy a Pacemaker and Defibrillator for Pastor Bill Swope
by calling Desmond at (240) 382-5510
or donate to this link below.
Special thank you to Sue Peoples for helping the Native American Church of Virginia during the National Night Out. Her relentless friendship
and gift of joy are priceless.