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September 20, 2007

The past few days have been busy with God’s goodness.

God has provided housing for a R&R family!  They will be moving early next week. In the meantime, a local food shelf is helping with their motel bill up until they move! This is the couple that was temporarily living in their car a few weeks ago. “We don’t know what we would have done without your help! Thank you SO much!” Today the male is interviewing for a permanent job, currently he is doing temp work.  Household items are being collected for the move.

A woman with no resources to make the rest of her move happen, received help moving her heavy furniture items a few days ago. There was so much relief in her voice as she said, “God bless you!”. Her deadline was today.

A boy at a local shelter received pants for school. He was still wearing shorts.   

Two children will be receiving winter clothing this week.

A woman who graduated from Teen Challenge will be receiving winter clothing. She walks a mile and a half to school and doesn’t have a coat or boots. Last year she wore two sweatshirts for her coat!

A woman received business attire for job interviewing. When she said she didn’t know what she was going to wear to interview, we checked storage and just “happened” to have 4 suits in her size! “Blessings to you! Someday I’ll return them to you. I didn’t expect this at all. I have to do something for myself now and get back together.”

Two other families will be helped with moving next week. One has nothing but God has provided a housing solution for them that is larger and cheaper than their last place. The mother is recovering from a stroke with a baby on the way! Household items will be delivered to them from R&R supporters.  The other is starting over after a horrific relationship. She had no resources for helping with the move- this help will be a huge stress reliever- keeping  her possessions will keep normalcy for her children. 

Yesterday, one of our social worker connections called and R&R was asked if we had 2 beds for a local family. Sure enough, we’ll be able to help.  “Amazing! You are such a great help, I’ll let the family know.”  This will be another delivery done in the near future.

After meeting with a case worker at a local food shelf, I am realizing how the church needs to lift them up in prayer!  Last year they had 8-10 new financial cases per year. Last week alone, they had 20!  The numbers have gone up 190% she said.  Please pray for the workers who are overworked and underpaid!  May God encourage them in what they do and give them discernment with their clients. 

Wow. Please keep this ministry in prayer. Lives are being impacted through people like you. God can use “ordinary” people!