Christmas Housing MIRACLE!
What a difference a week can make! It's hard to believe everything that has transpired in the last 7 days. God has made a way for us to house our first resident before Christmas, we have successfully submitted our first major grant application, and the two local park districts have turned our request down down for using their property to host C-U at Home One Winter Night. . .
Christmas MIRACLE! Housing Our First Resident
God did some amazing things to provide for our first resident. We hope you will join us on this adventure with Him, housing the most vulnerable homeless:
I don't know why I should be surprised when God works in unexpected ways, ways that are contrary to human logic. According to the way most of us think (including me, most of the time), it would seem as though housing assistance for the homeless would come from someone with a good deal of resources themselves. . . not from a couple just barely getting by. But that's exactly what God has chosen to do!
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. - 1 Corinthians 1:27
Exactly six days ago I met with a couple who live a simple life. Both only have part-time jobs right now. They have even considered moving into their small house and using their large house as a shelter for women and children. That's the kind of servant hearts the Lord has given to them. And He brought them across our path at just the right time, in just the right way. Just like God, the husband even used to work with the man they will now be housing. But not only that, he even used to drink with him. And now he has been delivered by God from the demon of alcohol and is prepared to help another man do the same. They had been praying that God would make a way for them to get the utilities turned on in the vacant house so that the new water pipes he just put in would not burst. So, for the next three months, through the end of March, all they want from us is utilities--no rent. What a beautiful picture of sacrificial love for the 'least of these.' We have enough in the bank right now to pay that. We would not have had enugh to pay both rent and utilities. God is so good.
The man who will be walking into his new home next Tuesday afternoon has been on the streets for 11 hard years. He is ready to get off the streets and get a job. God at work.
Once again major events have all happened at the same time, overlapping with one another. We found about about the available house on Saturday night, so that set many events, conversations and plans into fast-forward mode in order to get everything ready in time for him to move in before Christmas. This was also the week we submitted our first majory grant proposal. It was a daunting task for someone who's never written a grant proposal before. After 4 people telling me they were unavailable to help, God brought 2 friends one evening to help and 1 incredible new friend who found out about us from the last newspaper article on C-U at Home. This new friend writes grants as a part of her job and she gave up one entire work day and part of another to help use with the grant. Incredible!! She was even the one to actually submit the grant on our behalf. We are so grateful for God's faithful provision, just in time.
Finally, plans are moving forward for our first major awareness and fundraiser event, C-U at Home One Winter Night. This week we found out for sure that neither local park district will allow us to use thier property to host the event. This was very disappointing. It makes me feel kind of like the homeless we serve--banned from here, not allowed in there. . .
God is good and He is faithful. Once again, He will make a way, where there seems to be no way.