Stories From Workcamp, as told by Christine Musarra, a homeowner in Hurricane, WV:
Christine and her husband, Tony, have had their share of heartbreak. At the age of 16, their daughter was diagnosed with cancer. While she beat cancer, she fell into an addiction of prescription drugs—an addition that lasted for nearly twenty-five years.
Through counseling, Christine decided to exercise tough love on her daughter. In the middle of that incredibly difficult assignment, Christine nearly lost all hope. It was then the Reach Workcampers showed up at their door. “They were like young, loving angels,” she says of the teenagers. It was solely because of a call to the city regarding increased water costs that Reach got Tony and Christine’s address. A man from the city came to look at the home and see what could be causing the water expenses took a look around and declared, “You need more work done than you think.” It was then he contacted Reach Workcamps…the Thursday before camp began. On Monday, the crew was standing outside their door.
Christine and Tony were able to take part in some of the devotions and really got to know the kids. The crew gave Christine the hope she needed to stop enabling her daughter—and hope that the future can get better. As Christine puts it, “They did more than fix my house, they fixed my heart.”
As part of her therapy, Christine painted art. During the workcamp week, she finished a painting. Amidst the desolation of a devastated city, she painted a butterfly to represent her newfound hope.
But the restoration didn’t end there. Just a few months ago, long after Reach Workcamps had finished, Christine’s daughter came back to her parents—drug-free. They now enjoy a healed and restored relationship!
As Christine puts it, sometimes God doesn’t answer your prayers like you think He’s going to. She wanted her daughter well as soon as possible. Instead, she had to exercise tough love and go through a very difficult period of time. And during that time, He sent a group of teenagers to help Christine help her daughter.
God is good!
Christine and Tony Musarra
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