News & Views

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


October 25, 2006

God provides!

The R&R person who is staying with a church family has been offered a job.  Please pray that a  transportation solution will be figured out.  It may mean moving closer to the job which will be a difficult housing search.  Spirits are high though.

The shingles that were donated for last weekend's project were exactly the right amount! God's work!

Two twin beds were donated/picked up yesterday for two families we will be helping start over next month.  A trailer became available to use during the day for this pick up.

A washing machine was found for another R&R family who has been without one for 3 weeks. It will be delivered later in the week.

A van driver has volunteered to pick up kids at the apartments for Wed. night programs!


October 21, 2006

This week has been a roller coaster ride! 

God has opened doors with new potential church connections. On Nov. 2, R&R is having an informational meeting with other Twin City area churches to share a larger vision for this ministry. Please pray that hearts and minds will be ready and excited to network!

Today a huge service project was tackled. Thanks to 5 gentlemen on the service crew, a family was blessed by their hard work and company. Praise God for a dry weather day too! Some of the materials for this project were donated which was a gift from above!

Searching for a loveseat, side chairs and kitchen table for one of our families. Thought we had found a washing machine for another one of our families-but someone beat us to it at the curb. In the meantime, the stinky washer has been shopvacced (is that how it's spelled?) out.

A few more referrals this week. Please pray for more Life Preservers to join in! 



October 12, 2006

The other night, the last 2 beds were delivered to the family who is starting over after losing their rental home to arson and robbery. One of the beds is a loft which is the only solution for the boys' narrow bedroom.

Today, we moved the Reach & Restore person out of a hotel room and temporarily into a home! Please pray for employment and peace. This was a huge step in the right direction! Praise God!

We are researching donation storage solutions for winter. Please continue to pray about this... it sure isn't cheap!

Tomorrow we will be giving beds to a new Reach & Restore family. They will also be needing some other items because the items they had were being borrowed and the owner is taking them away.


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