Monday, August 15, 2016

The dad came into my office with his ‘hat in his hands’ – literally. He’d been laid off, couldn’t make rent and the family needed a place for their home; a 36 foot 5th wheel RV. They were desperate. It was February and it was cold.

Acting on our faith as disciples of Jesus Christ, we offered sanctuary and let them park the RV on the church grounds. This offer came with ‘no strings attached’ other than be a good guest. They were. After several weeks it was time to move their RV so we provided a truck and a grant/loan for the RV storage.

Along the way we helped with job leads, resumes, mentoring, and lots of safe listening space. Both dad and mom found full time work, repaid the grant/loan and paid a bit forward too.

Now it was a matter of finding housing in an extremely tight rental market.

Imagine our tremendous delight as the dad shared during a recent worship time that he now has ‘keys in his hands’; keys to a house – and more importantly, keys to a decidedly brighter future.

From ‘hat in hands’ to ‘keys in hands’ took 6 months.

Our faith in Jesus Christ is defined as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

I’ll be the first to admit it can be rough trying to faithfully follow Jesus when the details are too slow in coming …or vague at best….when we’re not so sure about where God is taking us.

The good news is that God’s faith in us does not rely on our faith in God.

Throughout Bible, story after story makes it clear that God is watching over us. And God’s faith in us is because of God’s love for us which breaks down to: God’s love for us does not rely on our faith in God.

We invite you to join us for God’s timeless story of love in our day to day moments of faith. We meet Sundays at 10AM.

Together We Serve,
Pastor Mike

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