FullSizeRenderMeet Liberty. She is a local 13 year-old swimmer that has dreams of Olympics in her future. Liberty is a junior national swimmer and has competed in international swim meets the past few years. But she almost didn’t make it to those swim meets. Not because she didn’t qualify or have the skills, but because getting there meant using lots of gasoline her parents just couldn’t afford.

Last year due to some unforeseen circumstances, both parents lost their jobs. At the same time, Tracy, her father, was diagnosed with some serious health issues. Making ends meet under these circumstances was hard enough. Add to that, needing to drive Libby sometimes 100 miles away to compete and it became a question of whether to buy food or gas. That’s when her parents found Community Mission of Hope.

“At a time that you have no idea where your next meal might be coming from, the pantry has been an absolute blessing. Everyone has been so helpful and so understanding and has given us knowledge and direction to help us out in a very difficult situation. We are so thankful!” 

Libby is consistently ranked as one of the top five swimmers in the nation in her age group. Libby’s favorite strokes are the freestyle and the backstroke. One of her goals was to qualify for the Olympic trials in June 2016.  Her father was happy to report to us last week that she did just that! Congratulations!! Her new goal? To compete in Tokyo in 2020. We have a feeling she’s better get her passport ready!!

Everyone at Community Mission of Hope is incredibly proud of Libby and of her family for showing her such unconditional love and support. We will continue to lift them up in prayer along with all of the families who come to Community Mission of Hope.