News & Views

March 21, 2007

Incredible. Awe struck.  Ever feel that way when God is in control?  He keeps providing and answering prayer around here.

Two of our R&R friends are employed since our last entry.

While visiting with this person, she said" You don't know what a blessing this is.  God works in mysterious ways!"  The woman is leaving a battered women's shelter next week. She was talking to her spiritual counselor when the phone rang. The counselor was giggling in the background because the timing was perfect for the contact.   

Two kitchen chairs and a small table were donated and discovered today at church- exactly what is needed for this woman leaving the shelter with nothing!  A vacuum cleaner was also donated today. When it was mentioned a few weeks ago we didn't have a need for it and sure enough, today it was delivered to church and it will be going to the same woman. Amazing...He even cares about the details.

Quotes this past week:

"I've never been around giving people. The churches I went to in the past, the people were pretentious and just said, "Good Luck" and wished for the best but never helped."

"You are different. You aren't fanatical and saying 'you're going to hell', turning people off. Your church is cool and you show it by your example."

" I wouldn't be around without your help... if you know what I mean."

 

We are working on finding a leader for a support group/bible study for R&R folks. This is so exciting and actually an idea from a case worker at the food shelf! She wants to refer her clients to a Bible Study.

Saturday, a new Life Preserver will be delivering items to a man who is starting over. Please pray for this new contact and the Life Preserver.

A new referral came in this afternoon. A Hispanic couple-with a preschool and a baby- the wife has cancer and they need support. Interesting timing on this... a missionary couple is in town that works with Hispanic people- we may try to connect the two- please pray for this family and that God will bring the right relationship their way to give them eternal hope!

Please also pray for a R&R family who needs housing by the weekend. Just got that call and will be working on it in the morning.

Another church connection has been made. (Second within 2 weeks!) God is using a family that is moving to introduce R&R.  Please pray that these conversations continue between us! 

 

 

   

March 13, 2007

On Saturday, we saw two churches come together to help a R&R family move. The family was in tears when they saw their help arrive and said there was no way it could have been done with just the husband and wife. A surprise meal was delivered to the family Sunday night after the move was done and everyone was too tired and sore to do anything else. What a blessing! 

There are a few of our R&R friends that are going to job interviews today. Please pray that the meetings are positive experiences and provide possible job options.  

A few other R&R families are looking for housing. We're working on giving them some listings to check out. Please pray that there are answers by the end of the month!

Please pray for a new church connection that was made. A few women from this church are contacting a referral that was passed on to them. A family that needs them near their church. This could be a launching pad for R&R to begin in their church. Please pray for the ladies as they meet with the R&R swimmers-that unconditional love will pour over them.   

Right now we are searching for Life Preservers. There are a few families waiting for a call from us.  

If you, someone you know or a church body is interested in joining us in this ministry, please contact us via email and we will get back to you asap to answer any questions.  

 

   

March 4, 2007

Now that the snow has settled, we can all take in the sun. THE SONCool

Many things have happened since our last entry. Besides the move of our donations, God has been moving people. If only everyone could get a taste of what it is like to be God's helper here!

A dresser was provided for a swimmer who is having company this week. She has no family-grew up in foster care and was in tears over the mess in her room because of the lack of storage. It was a joy to deliver the help to her and she was blessed.

A single R&R mom was given chairs to go with her table. When they were dropped off we learned that she had just gotten out of the hospital from having a panic attack. She needed encouragement and a connection that day. Maybe that's why the chairs weren't gathered earlier with the table.? 

A R&R family was given food and gas assistance,  another was given a bed, transportation, and was moved into a better housing situation.  An R&R woman was walked through a panic moment of her furnace not working. The problem was resolved and she said "THANK YOU. I am so thankful for you." God uses us to comfort and persevere. 

Another R&R mom had a preschooler with a high fever and called for help. It was a night of heavy snow and she was stranded because her vehicle doesn't have working headlights. She had no Tylenol or thermometer.  Her Life Preserver brought over those items and brought relief to the family.

Tuesday, a church member called out of the blue and asked if anyone needed a humidifier. Normally, this is an item that isn't needed specifically. The next day, one of the R&R people (the one mentioned above) was moving and did NEED one!  God's timing is amazing. 

A family was referred to our church in a desperate search for housing. A person from our church happened to have a property in the area that housing was desired and is working with them-a lease was signed this past week! An answer to prayer for both parties and next weekend will be the move.

We were asked if R&R had a microwave on hand. A Life Preserver saw the need of his swimmer who is elderly and recently had a stroke, and is now homebound.  Because of our new storage area, we do have a microwave we can pass along to this person! Praise God! 

Please pray for employment, housing and more people to serve and be a witness to our community.

   

February 17th, 2007

We've got our storage key!  This week we began organizing for the move. Quite a job but it's going to be wonderful!  Please pray that some new crew members will come along to help with the upkeep at the storage space.

Two new Life Preservers are also needed. Please pray for the right matches for the swimmers to surface soon.  

Today our delivery crew will be bringing furniture to a woman and her daughter who have an empty apartment. They can't wait to call the place home!

Praise God for new connections and encouragement from God's Body.

   

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