“Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.”

Much Needed Encouragement

As I sit here thinking about Fulton’s accident and how God has continued to use it, it’s amazing to me. For example, I had no idea I would send out any emails after the accident, but God has his own plans. Nearly ten years later, here I am, writing these weekly blogs, and God in his grace always gives me something to say. For example, as you probably know I sent out a picture last week with Fulton and his scraggly hair. Here it is again:

Fulton and Nurse Shelby

I was touched by the responses and words of encouragement. It’s amazing, people just overlooked how messy his hair was. It gave me such joy knowing Fulton is loved just the way he is.

Look at what Ron and Nancy Tschetter wrote:

“Hey, Dawson, Fulton looks like he is having a ball. No worries over the hairdo. We’ve got grandkids that come in out of a windy day of play and look like they need a hairdo makeover. It’s all fun in the end and we can overlook the little stuff in appreciation of the ‘Big Picture’.”

Here’s another remarkable response from Lewis Long:

“I love the picture! God want us to smile and have fun, no matter what’s going on. I enjoyed the picture. It helped me to feel less pain. God is so good and that smile can help somebody have the same joy.”

What beautiful responses! Little did I know, I would need the intense encouragement I have received from you after all these years. God knows, he had a plan all along. I praise the Lord for your encouragement!

“Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.”  (2 Corinthians 13:11)

Your Friend,
Dawson

6 thoughts on “Much Needed Encouragement

  1. God’s plan is always better than ours. Your asking a question of us led to answers you had no clue would help you and so many others. Thank you for following the Lord’s leading no matter what life throws at you. You are so strong and show us all how to keep going even when things get crazy. God is using you and Fulton all the time to show you and all of us that He is always in control and always has our backs.

  2. Dawson,

    As I love Fulton just as he is, I also love you and Ruth, and your entire family just as you are.

    May the Lord continue to bless you, and may He continue to bless your efforts, to bring Him to the hurting children who don’t know Him yet,

    Jim Nypen
    701-552-1383

  3. Thanks – yes the way you have handled Fulton’s accident has been a huge source of inspiration.

  4. Dawson,
    I want to thank you and the Hope Line staff for what you do. The stories of young people coming to Christ in their own crisis is encouraging. I have worked with adults and adolescents on probation for over 30 years and on a daily basis see the suffering, hurt, pain and trauma people go through. Also there are so many messed up dysfunctional families that continue in their dysfunction generation to generation. Please keep up the Great Work. God Bless you, your organization and your family especially Fulton.

  5. Hi Dawson!

    Yes, I too thought “what hair?” All I could see was the joy on Fulton’s face and the face of his friend. That’s what shines through the most, and it blesses all of us that there are people who love Fulton so much and hang out with him. And it brings joy all around! Sending much love to all of you!

    Kathy S.

  6. Dawson. It’s wonderful to see Fulton’s happiness and laughter shared in this beautiful moment of God’s love. God Bless you all. Such a happy smile!!

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