News & Views

January 7, 2007

What a blast to serve others!  

One of our new referrals needed a couch and we thought we had one being held for us. Turns out it was given away elsewhere-so we had to scramble for a replacement. We checked the internet and a couch and loveseat were just listed as available a half hour before. We inquired and didn't get a response. In the meantime, the response cards from another church were looked through and there was one  that had a note that they had a couch to donate! The note was made last fall though so it would be a miracle if the family still had it around. Sure enough, it was still around and had been cleaned since!  God had it figured out long ago. 

Here are some quotes from the past 48 hours.  

"I think I got the best night sleep I ever had last night! Thank you so much for the bed! I am getting a new perspective going through this. Thank you for everything you've done. I was always the kind of person to help other people but now I need help. Is there someone I can write a thank you note to?

   

January 2, 2007

What will this New Year bring to this ministry?  Our prayer is that God will continue to stir the hearts of local congregations to desire to serve people in need on a daily basis.  We pray that we are challenged to meet and accept strangers who are searching for hope and help. May God continue the work He has started.... We also pray that a storage solution will unfold.

A few of our R&R families are still searching for housing and employment. Housing is a major issue! 

We will be helping them move when they are ready.  

Quotes from the past 24 hours... 

"You are the first person I've been able to tell and was willing to listen to me"

"Thank you for calling back. I didn't know anyone else I could talk to..."

 

   

December 15, 2006

 Praise God for a tremendous Women's Brunch Event!  Thanks to all who prayed for and all who worked so hard on making the brunch come together!  The financial donations are being figured this week and we are thrilled about what God will be able to do with them. We will be searching for a storage solution.  

 God coordinated the main speaker's talk with ours without any communication between us down here! That was an awesome planning detail!  If the guests only had known!

Please pray for the R&R families as they try to make it through the holidays.  A few are still homeless.  

Tomorrow a R&R delivery crew will be helping a woman at a battered women's shelter move her belongings to storage. It's really sad to see so many people without resources for moving. This is why so many people have to start from scratch when they move or get evicted for not paying rent etc. No resources for help in their network. They can only take what they can carry without transportation help.

Two beds are scheduled to be delivered to another family on Sunday and a single mom will be getting help with weatherizing her duplex windows by a service crew member tomorrow.  

So... every day is different and God will use whomever is willing to be used!

   

December 1, 2006

Wow. What a week!

It was quiet over the holiday weekend which was nice. When Sunday evening rolled around, the phone started ringing. This was good because we were on the calendar to move two families this week.  Some of the donations were still needed and prayers were in order.  The phone rang and someone from church asked -without knowing the need- if we needed twin mattresses. "You are an answer to prayer!"  We picked them up last night during the scheduled delivery to the family we helped.  

There has been quite a bit of material donating recently which is wonderful and welcomed but without an official storage place, a bit stressful. When we know of upcoming family moves due to housing searches, leaving shelters or whatever, it's wonderful to have items ready to go. So, praise God for these resources!

Our church van was utilized this week for the picking up and dropping off of R&R kids and their friends!  This is another answer to prayer. There were 10 kids picked up for our Wed. night program the other day!  Last week, two kids had to stay home because of lack of space in a mini van. The church van will probably meet it's limit of 15 once word gets out... Please pray for these children. That they will receive Christ and bring home what they learn.

Our Sat. delivery was postponed to Jan. and in the meantime, a new referral came in!  So, arrangements are being made to deliver to this new connection instead. Isn't God full of surprises?

Please pray that our Dec. 7 gathering of interested R&R churches has some attendees.  Two new connections with churches were made over the phone yesterday though. They will be meeting for info next week at separate times. Please pray for God's direction with these meetings.

Also pray for our women's fund raiser brunch being held on the 9th. May the message be clear and exciting to the guests. 

One of our R&R dads got hired this week through a church connection- a relief and blessing to that family!  There may be some ESL lessons provided to a family starting next month by a volunteer.

Still searching for housing for a few other families. Please pray for them as they look!

Stay tuned!

   

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