News & Views

November 17, 2006

It was a joy to see God work out details this week.  Last Saturday, two separate delivery crews brought household furniture to a Mound family.  It was fantastic to see them the next day with everything in place and smiles on their faces!  They are looking for a church and plan to visit this week. Our prayers have been with them as the mother has been getting tests done on a tumor behind her eye.  Her results will be shared with her next week. She has lost her sight of her left eye which is pretty scary with 4 small children.  Praise though, her to-be husband was hired this week too.

Tuesday, we supplied items for a family moving out of a women's shelter and Thursday we delivered furniture and household things for another family moving out of a shelter and into their own place. The larger furniture donation going to this family was very timely and was in the same part of the city as the apartment. We fortunately had two beds in storage for this family of two also!

The Chaska family had success with a lead we supplied for housing. Thank you for praying about this! A family took them in at no charge until they can gather a deposit for an apartment a landlord is holding for them! We'll be praying that this all works out.

An older R&R connection resurfaced this week.  We had been praying to hear an update and it came. Unfortunately, the reconnection was tied to a crisis. Fortunately, we can provide resources to help.  Please pray for this single dad.  He needs housing right away.

Housing seems to be the biggest need right now.

Another R&R family brought home their mother from the east coast last weekend to live here. She will be looking for her own Sec. 8 housing.  They are thrilled to have their working washer after being gone for 2 weeks!  Praise that they got back here safely. It was quite the trip! 

Please pray for employment for one of the R&R dads who lost his job on Monday.

Busy, Busy, Busy!

If your church would like to do Reach & Restore, we'd love to talk!


November 10, 2006

Please pray for housing to come through for a family who is currently homeless in the Chaska area. We were able to help with housing leads and a few of them may be options. The family is gathering references and hopefully something will come together today. They are currently in a motel.

Tonight we are delivering dressers and kitchen chairs to a family in Wayzata. Tomorrow, household items will be brought to a new family in the Mound area. They are very excited to sleep on mattresses and have dishes once again! 

May God be real to these families as they are loved! 



November 6, 2006

What a wonderful evening with the folks at Excelsior Covenant. God was with us as we shared harvest stories! Thank you to all who prayed for this event. There will be more crew members joining R&R which is a huge answer to prayer.

New referral this morning-family starting over due to a mold infested home. All practical household items are needed as we are also helping 4 other families get back on their feet this month.


November 2, 2006

Wow. A lot has happened this week. 

One of the R&R families has had a couch delivered this past week. They were sitting on an air mattress before this.  Our delivery crew also delivered donated washers and dryer to two other R&R families last weekend.   Now they can wash their clothes at their residences!

We are learning every day about choices.  The person that was staying in our church family's home has been taken back to the area of his new job. Many resources for positive change were offered and not received so the hard decision to let go was made.  Tough love is no fun but we are praying that God will protect and teach our friend to help himself.  Please pray that the family that stepped up to help can be at peace about what they did for this individual even though right now they feel disappointed.

Multiple meetings were scheduled with various church members around the Twin Cities to share the Reach & Restore vision this past week. Our planned meeting today was very encouraging as we gathered with representatives of six area churches of different denominations who also participate in caring ministries. Thank you for praying about this event. It will be amazing to see how God will connect us through care ministry!  In fact, during our meeting, one of the care ministry pastors mentioned a need for a stove for a family his church is helping recover from a fire. Another attendee raised her hand and exclaimed," I have a stove they can have!"  It turns out that the stove that will be donated is exactly the type- smooth top- the family had before and desired!  Isn't that God working?  Cool stuff!

A referral came today from a previous R&R family we helped. A family they are friends with is homeless, couldn't pay for their storage so it was lost. They will be moving into a different place this month. Ten minutes after this call came in, another call...  someone has a couch and chair to donate!

Guess where it will be going?Wink


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