Pastor Ronnie Stewart and his wife, Krystal, were a loving and faithful family. Operating the Refuge Shelter in Port New Richey, Florida, the couple also parent three active children.
Together, they were the figureheads of an established church and very well-known in the community. Then, one eventful night changed their lives forever.
Traveling home one evening, Krystal and Ronnie were heartbroken at what they saw in the Refuge Church parking lot. There in the dark were two young toddlers, covered in dirt and trash while barely clothed.
Interestingly enough, this wasn’t the first time the pastors had seen these boys. The couple knew them as well as their parents. Sadly, the family of four was homeless and frequently visited the Refuge Church soup kitchen.
Ronnie and Krystal knew they had to help and immediately pulled into the pitch black lot. Unsure if she would offend the boys’ parents, Krystal asked if she could take the toddlers home with her.
She hoped to give them a hot meal, a bath, and a warm bed for the night. Surprisingly, the answer was yes.
Once at their house, the Stewarts introduced the boys to their children before putting the brothers were put to bed. They slept for 10 hours straight. Krystal wouldn’t soon forget the heartbreaking experience.
“I don’t think they’ve ever slept in a bed before,” she said.
The next day, the couple met the toddlers’ parents at the church. Shortly after exchanging information, Krystal and Ronnie extended another generous offer: they would be thrilled to take care of the children any other time.
Saying their final goodbyes, the pastor and his wife prayed God would protect the two small children and give them hope for the future. Little did they know, their request would soon be granted.
A few days later, the homeless parents appeared at the church once more. Only this time, they had a few friends with them: both a police officer and social worker. Ronnie and Krystal weren’t quite sure what to think, to say the absolute least!
The social worker went on to explain the children were to be immediately removed from their current “unfit” living situation. Keeping their boys’ best interest in mind, the struggling parents requested Ronnie and wife consider adopting the one and two-year-old.
Without hesitation, the parents of three wholeheartedly agreed to take the toddlers in. Attending countless court hearings, sorting through piles of official paperwork, and meeting with attorneys, the Stewart clan grew by two more.
As one big happy family, they truly couldn’t have been any happier.
“Our prayer is that our story inspires others to also take generous leaps of faith when your moment arises,” Ronnie and Krystal shared. ” … unplanned and unexpected (it) has turned into a beautiful blessing for our family.”
Source: Fox13 News