Friday, December 26, 2008
Dear Friends & Business Partners:
There is not enough words that I can express or say to wish you all a wonderful holiday with your loved ones.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the love and support you have shown me and have given to me. I thank you for helping me to help others because that is what life is all about.
Life is not forgetting all those who one way or another made you and love you for who you are and who have helped you in your journey. Each and everyone of you have been part of a special journey in my life.
This holiday season I lost a dear and mentor who was one of the very first people who took me under his wings and helped me get to where I am today. His name is Don Ramon S. Velez. I will always have a special place for him, and I thank God I got to express my gratefulness to him by honoring him at the very first gala I did under the name Christ 4U Youth Outreach Services (which was later changed to Stratford Community Services, Inc.).
Lets reflect on all those who have come into our lives and left a mark. Those who were responsible for the shape we are in. Two things can happen: it can be positive or negative. But take it as a blessing either way. In Romans 8:28, all things work good for those who love the Lord. For those, He has a purpose.
Know that you all are a blessing in my life, and I wanted to express that to you. Thank you for all that you have done during the year for Stratford Community Services and for the NYC LGBT Chamber of Commerce, but most of all thank you for what you have done for me personally. I am looking forward to a wonderful new year. I send you good wishes.
God bless you and your loved ones.
Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!
Rev. Carmen Hernandez
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Here is a special treat from me to you!
(photo courtesy of Rev. Carmen Hernandez)