Shelter from the Cold

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The deadline was fast approaching…Lynette only had two weeks before she and her three youngest children would be homeless. She began praying for a room to become available at Open Door Mission… “I need a miracle, Lord.”

Lynette and her husband were living in Missouri with their three youngest children while their older children and grandchildren lived in Omaha. After shoulder surgery, she lived with daily pain and lost the full use of her arms. Her career as a nurse was over, so her husband worked two jobs to help make ends meet. Eventually, they moved to Omaha to be closer to family. Life changed for Lynette and her family when her husband was arrested and jailed for driving while under the influence. That’s when she started losing everything.

Lynette and her three youngest children lost their home and began living with relatives. She often went without food to ensure her children had enough to eat. After being denied disability benefits more than once, Lynette could sense they were becoming a burden to her family. Eventually, Lynette and her children were asked to move out by December 1st. Immediately, she tried calling Open Door Mission; however, the Mission was full and she was put on the waiting list.

A Place to Stay

The day they moved out, Lynette scrapped up the last of her cash, ensured her gas tank was full and packed her car full of blankets where they were planning to spend that first night. Her only concern was the safety and security of her children. She called Open Door Mission to find that a room had just become available at the Lydia House. Her prayers had been answered.

Lynette wasn’t sure what to expect when they arrived at Open Door Mission. She was overwhelmed by the staff’s kindness and love. That first night, she cried all night long. Lynette felt her burdens begin to lift. She no longer needed to worry about keeping a roof over all of their heads. Since moving in, the kids have made a positive adjustment without any outside distractions. “They have bonded more…playing card games, “ she comments, “and spending time together as a family has helped us all become happier. The children are so well taken care of here. Two of them shopped with Santa’s Cop. It has been nice to watch my children enjoy being kids.”

Lynette shared that her favorite Bible verse is John 3:16 because, “God is taking care of me and my children and lifting us up during this time. I realize that God has a purpose for us being at Open Door Mission now. I don’t know what it is, but I am looking forward to climbing up and out. It truly is a miracle.”

Submitted by Mike Dodd
Open Door Mission Volunteer

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
~ John 3:16

 

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