My day started like most days, I met with co-workers to discuss our day and pray together. Then it was the usuall, answering voice mails, e-mails, meeting with food pantry, and some of our 29/11 clients. I also met with some of the volunteers who would be helping some of the students in our new Learning Center. Our days are very busy, yet exciting because we never know the work God is doing in the hearts and lives of the people He brings through our doors, until He chooses to reveal it to us. It’s always such a blessing to hear from former clients whose lives have been changed and they have hope for their future.
Such was this day. One of our senior citizen clients came in for a food pantry and shared some problems she and her husband were having and I knew of an agency in our community that would be able to help them. I had tried to get this couple connected with this agency on several other occasions but they had always refused because they had hoped they would be able to solve the problem themselves. Well, today they were open to my making a call to this agency to see if they could help this couple.
To my surprise, when I called, a familiar voice on the other end of the line said, “Hi Judy, remember me.” And of course I did, the first time I met her, a friend brought her in for a food pantry. She had lost her job and was having a hard time getting another job. In the mean time the bills continued to pile up and she was in danger of losing her home, but also hope for her future. However, God is a God of hope and when things seem impossible for us they are POSSIBLE for Him.
I asked her if I could share her story and if she would write me a little note that I could share with you, and here is what she wrote:
“The first time I came to the Open Door Mission Outreach Center I was in need of
food, and little did I know that I would be getting my soul feed. The staff at
the Mission took the time to listen to my story. A story I had been telling to
countless people, some who listen just because I was talking and some who
genuinely cared, but the day I went to the Mission I left with my needs met both
physically and spiritually.
I had a new-found meaning in my life, a strength that led me to have faith in myself through God who can change all things. I kept on with my journey to find a job, a person who would give me a chance to prove that I had paid my debt to this community. And it happened, today I am very grateful to all who have helped me and at my present job, I am able to help and give encouragement to people who are in the same situation as I was.
I often think of the Mission and thank God for using them to help me believe in myself again. Through a phone call from Judy seeking information to help another person I have been given this opportunity to thank the Open Door Mission and it’s donors. Your help does make a difference in peoples lives. Thank you and may God Bless and keep you.”
Her story is just one of hundreds whose lives are being changed through the work God is doing at the Open Door Mission. We are grateful to all our donors, volunteers, resource people and staff, who have partnered with us to help change lives, one person at a time.
Joyfully serving Jesus,
Judy Collins, Assistance Director of Community Services
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