Ever since my wife Rachelle and I startted rethread 3+ years ago, we have felt like we are living the kind of life Jaworski is describing...."the life we were meant to live."
Over 12 years ago we felt this inward sense, the voice of God, persuading us to begin a journey that would ultimatley connect us with the marginalized. Over the years this "calling" has unfolded for us, leading us to where we are now - putting clothing on children who live in and around the Plaza District of OKC, while wanting desperatley to build long term relationships with as many of these beautiful families as possible.
It is impossible to seperate rethread from a small community of faith called "Convergence." The desire rethread has to live in solidarity with the poor and marginalized, is a desire that Convergence has as well. Years ago, with our friends at Convergence, we began to imagine how together we could show compassion to our neighbors in the Plaza District.
One of the things that Rachelle and I noticed early on about the neighborhoods surrounding the Plaza District, is the number of children there are. Having children of our own, we immediately began to think of how we could "share our lives" with these children and their families. The answer to that question came one night at home as we sifted through a large tub of clothing our girls Sydney and Reese had outgrown. As we sorted through the tub we began to talk about how we might be able to share this clothing with Plaza District families. It was out of that conversation that rethred was born.
What were then just dreams have now become a reality. Because of the incredible generosity of our partners, we have given away countless free items of clothing to children in and around the Plaza District. As each store comes and goes, new ideas evolve, new partners join the cause, new volunteers step in to help, and most importantly we remember more and more names of the children who walk through our doors.
In many ways Rachelle and I feel like we are "living in the flow" like never before. We feel more and more like we are being helped by "hidden hands." We continue to meet the people we are "supposed to meet" - people that join with us in helping to bring restoration to "One Neighborhood."
If you are one of those people, we thank you. If you are considering joining us, we would love to have you.
The Freund Family