Hometown Hero

by Paul Woodward

Have you ever met someone that is such a pure reflection of Christ that it made you stop and take notice? If not, then it’s time you met our hometown hero ERIC MORALES. Among our Impact family, Eric is a constant, shining example of the humility and servanthood that we see when Jesus washed his disciples’ feet (John 13). He never draws attention to himself, but his quiet, powerful example radiates with the love of Christ daily to all who are blessed to encounter him.

Why do we see him as a hometown hero? Eric began attending Impact in the 4th grade and we have seen him mature and grow before our very eyes. In his high school years, we saw a young man not only get fully involved in all the activities of the Youth Group (mission trips, wilderness treks, Bible study etc….) but most importantly we saw him find his deep love for the Lord!

After spending 10 years in the Army (10th Mountain Division) which took him to Iraq, Eric returned home to both his physical and spiritual families and continued his powerful Christ-like example of servant leadership. During this time the Lord blessed him with a Godly wife in Caroline Nichols. God has given them the gift of two lovely children, Claire and Sam.

As we have seen our outreach to the poor, homeless and disenfranchised continue to grow, it became apparent that there was a need for a full-time position to oversee the logistics of our transportation and warehouse. We are excited to announce that Eric will be taking this position as Director of Warehouse and Transportation! It was evident to everyone that he would be the type of man needed for this job. Keith and Susan Hall and Dennis and Tina Stivers, who devote many hours of service in the warehouse, are thrilled at the prospect of Eric coming on board.

Eric is the ultimate team player—he will do the hardest job without being asked, he goes the extra mile. Eric embodies all that the Impact Church stands for: A transformed life, a servant heart and a shining example! Let’s pray that God will raise up hundreds of young men and women with a spirit like Eric’s. And let us pray for Eric and his family. Pray that Eric will go from strength to strength as he assumes this new role.

And to our God be the glory forever and ever.

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