When I was growing up my best friend was from Italy. Her family stayed in New York for a couple of months before coming to California. I’ll never forget her first day at school. She dressed different and stood out like a sore thumb. I asked her to join me for lunch and that was the beginning of a great friendship. Over the years I spent a lot of time with her entire Italian family and Greek friends. When I was at there gatherings, it never failed I was always asked, ”Karen, what nationality are you?” I would say ”I’m American.” then several voices would say. We’re all American but where are your father and mother from. Oh, my father is from Oklahoma and my mother Arkansas. They would laugh and say you truly are American. The first time it happened I went home and asked my mother about my heritage. She said I was a Heinz57, our family came from several different countries. At eleven being called a Heinz57 did not make me happy. I had just been baptized and realized that no matter what my lineage was I now am, A CHILD OF GOD. That is what defines me.
Published by Matthew, Karen, and God
Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives. View more posts