Just like all of us, Darren and Mira Mullen have been through challenging times personally.
They have found work and home life struggles can be almost overwhelming and leading to anxiety and depression. Through their relationships built at Pathway Church, through volunteering, they started to experience healing. The generosity of the people of Pathway Church inspired the Mullens to be generous with God and others.
“The church played a huge role in our growth. God graced us and turned the hard things into something good,” said Darren.
Last year they stepped out of their comfort zone and made a year-end Give One gift to God through Pathway Church. They were moved to make a gift over and above their usual giving at Christmas out of thankfulness for what they had seen Jesus do in their lives.
As they shared their story with others about how God had worked in their lives, they were surprised at the conversations that came forth. These conversations gave them opportunities to be more authentic and real about their own life and struggles.
At the Wichita Fire Department where Darren works, 2020 has brought uncertainty and anxiety that he could only compare to 9/11. Preparation and training are at the highest level for what may come as a result of COVID-19. Yet, Darren has found God answering prayers for protection and peace time and again.
During the season of online-only church services, Darren and Mira continued to feel connected to their Pathway family through regular giving. They know God has blessed their family and they have made the intentional commitment to give, even when it is uncomfortable.
Making a Give One gift even helped them take another step in their relationship with God as they trusted Him in their finances in a new way.
Mira said, “Our Give One gift is just like another Christmas gift under the tree. It’s for God and our community at Pathway.”