Murphy, N.C. couple spends retirement healing broken hearts

The Nolands were surprised with a custom banner made for the ministry. (Image: WTVC)

There's a couple in Murphy, North Carolina using their retirement to heal broken hearts.

The idea started as they were looking for shells on the beach. Years later, they're leading a non-profit that's helping hundreds find meaning and direction.

In this week's Pay it Forward, Jessica Harthorn surprises them at Broken Shells Ministry.

Theresa and Ray Noland spend countless hours providing hope, acceptance and resources to anyone who walks through the door of their ministry.

They say faith is what heals our brokenness and make us whole.

Behind the walls of this store front property in downtown Murphy you'll hear music playing and plenty of prayer.

Today, a discipleship class is taking place in the back room of Broken Shells Ministry and there's a surprise party being planned in the front lobby.

That's Cindy Skelton right there with the big smile. She ordered the cake and invited the community to celebrate.

She says she walked into Broken Shells Ministry three years ago after she hit rock bottom. Today she is a full-time volunteer.

"My mom had passed away and I had a lot of fear in my life. I was brought here and they embraced me in love, and they encouraged me and said there is freedom from fear," said Cindy.

Cindy says she is just one of dozens who share similar stories of addiction, pain, abandonment and fear.

What binds them together is their brokenness and the couple who helped them feel whole, Theresa and Ray Noland.

"Everyone here has been touched by this ministry and we want to tell you on behalf of Newschannel 9 and the McMahan Law Firm, that we want to bless you in this ministry and you can open your hand, ready? $100, $200, $300, $400, $500 to Pay It Forward," surprised Cindy.

As the folks of Broken Shells Ministry looked on, the Nolands explained how they truly felt.

"Unworthy, with everybody just honoring us, because it's not about us, it's about him!" said Theresa.

"Really we are on the receiving end, we don't do anything, we are just a conduit from God," said Ray.

Moments later, the Nolands joined the party where Cindy had one last surprise.

"Wow!" said the crowd as a banner was rolled out.

The Broken Shells Ministry banner is now a permanent reminder of love and acceptance to anyone who walks through the front door.

Do you know someone who deserves $500 cash for helping others in need? Nominate them here!

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