Tuesday, December 16, 2008

"He Does Exist!"

This is my paraphrase of a true story our pastor told at church 2 weeks ago. Our church sponsors a Thanksgiving lunch for those who are in need. We also deliver to folks who are unable to leave their homes but are still in need of a meal on Thanksgiving. Obviously this is a large undertaking and requires a lot of volunteers who are willing to give up most of their day on Thanksgiving to serve others. 

The person in charge of the event wrote our pastor to tell him all about the success of the day. She spoke of the 300+ people that ate at the church and then many more who received meals at home. 

One woman was assigned 3 houses to deliver food to. When she called to let the last family know that she was coming with the food they told her that they unexpectedly received a meal from a neighbor already and would not need the food from my church. Not knowing what to do, the volunteer returned to the church and told the person in charge that she had 2 meals left over. The leader told the woman that if she drove around for a few minutes she would probably find someone on the street in need. While the volunteer was a little shy about doing that, she agreed to drive around the area just in case.

Only a few miles away from the church she came upon a park where she saw a woman and a boy sitting at a picnic table. She told herself to be brave and got out of her car to approach the two people in the park. She asked them if they would like some Thanksgiving dinner compliments of my church. The boy couldn't believe it. He tapped on the box and asked if there was turkey inside. The volunteer said, "yes! Of course. Turkey, dressing, the whole meal!"

The boy looked at his mother and shouted "God is real! He does exist! I prayed that He would give us turkey for Thanksgiving and He did!"

The volunteer couldn't believe what she was hearing. Apparently the woman had left her husband after he beat her son. She had nowhere to go and didn't know what to do. The volunteer called 911 for her and was able to get help for the woman and boy. She returned to the church to share the story.

How amazing is it to see God's work? What a wonderful gift that she shared it with our pastor and I just couldn't pass up the chance to share it with you.


Lauren150772 said...

That is a great story. I am so glad that you shared.

Mandy said...

What a great story!! I am so glad you shared, you brightened my day. :-)