Robert “Skeeter” Powell is Called to Lead

Skeeter Powell has always had a desire to help others.

Editor’s Note: Robert “Skeeter” Powell of Greenville, South Carolina, is an unusual individual who defines the word love. Once you read his story and learn about his calling, you’ll understand why he’s the role model for many. He’s not the most important person in his world and actually considers himself the least important. Part 3 of a 5 part series. 

When you ask Robert “Skeeter” Powell what has caused him to have such a passion for young people with disabilities, his simple answer is “God. When Ben Brewer came to that Young Life meeting many years ago, and I learned of the problems he encountered just being able to come to the meeting, I knew this was an area of service in which I needed to be involved. Ben originally went to Young Life because his mom was looking for some organization where he could be included. She hadn’t found that type of organization at church, at school or in any of the helping agencies. Finding a good fit for Ben had been nearly impossible for his mom, and she hoped that Young Life might meet her son’s needs..”

Robert “Skeeter” Powell feels that he’s been ordained by God to solve problems. Skeeter recognizes that, “Someone needs to love these children and their families.” Not only did Skeeter see the need, but he also felt calledto start off by loving these people and then doing everything he could to solve their problems. How much better the world would be, if there were more people like Skeeter.

Skeeter took his calling for helping special needs families and their families one step further by creating a nonprofit organization called David’s Table, based on the Bible story found in 2 Samuel 9, where as told in Skeeter’s own words, “David just had become king of Israel. In those days a king oftentimes would try to kill anyone he thought might take away his kingdom. But David was looking out for his friend Jonathan’s family, although Jonathan’s father, King Saul, had been cruel to David. Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son who was crippled in both feet, was the only one left in Jonathan’s family. David sent for Mephibosheth to be brought to him and said, ‘Don’t be afraid, for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather, Saul, and you will always eat at my table.’

So, we invite young people to come to the King’s table. We want to try and provide for them, as David did for Mephibosheth, for Christ’s sake. That’s why the name of our organization is David’s Table. Members of David’s Table include Young Life, my church and several-other churches in our area. We have other people helping us, like the United States Tennis Association (USTA), which has been a tremendous support for supplying equipment and instruction to enable our young people to learn the game of tennis and to compete on different levels, like other athletes in high school do.”

When asked why he continued to stay involved and tried to grow the reach of his ministry to these special students, he gave us two answers. “This is a God thing, and these young people need someone to love them.” Also, as Skeeter says with a smile, “I’m getting older now.I can keep up with youngsters in wheelchairs much better than I can able bodied youngsters.” Skeeter is the executive director of David’s Table and works with four other people who have the same love for young people with disabilities that he has and also want to support them.

Learn more about Robert “Skeeter” Powell and the David’s Table ministry

Next: The Mission of David’s Table

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