“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. (I John 3:16-18)
Many days, God reminds us why we have been called to do His ministry work at Mission Central. One one of these days, a woman (let’s call her Judy) who needed assistance called. As she talked, it was clear that she was overwhelmed with the task of taking care of her physically disabled father-in-law. Her mother-in-law, his only care-giver, was hospitalized suddenly.
A physical therapist, who understood that we gave away medical equipment had given Judy our number. She asked if we had a tub seat for her bathtub. She was concerned because her father-in-law was unable to move on his own.
He had an old wheelchair but no other equipment. He is over six feet tall and she was having a difficult time moving him around her house. I checked our inventory and found a tub transfer bench. Part of the bench sits inside the tub and part of it sits outside the tub. It makes the move in and out of the tub much easier; hence the name, “transfer” bench.
Judy was going to come in to pick up that one item; however, the more she talked, the more I realized we could supply her with other items to assist with his daily care regimen. When she told her father-in-law that we had some items for him, he started to cry.
She arrived at the warehouse in the early afternoon bringing her son to help carry the needed items. When they walked into the warehouse, they were overwhelmed with the amount of supplies we have stored here. I briefly told them the story of Mission Central and how our main goal is “connecting God’s resources with human need.” When they saw the equipment I set aside for them, Judy and her son were so grateful and expressed that they could not believe we were willing to give it away.
We were able to provide a newer, taller wheelchair, a bedside table and some other personal care items. They were talking about getting him a motorized scooter at some point in the future. Our warehouseman, Harold, ‘happened’ to come up to us at this point. Harold mentioned we had a scooter here but it needed a new wheel. They checked it out and were willing to try to get a new wheel for it. They could not believe how their prayers were being answered right before their eyes! (Actually, I couldn’t either! God is so amazing!)
It is difficult to describe how happy they were with the items we provided. They left with a full truckload of supplies! They repeatedly asked if there was a charge for the items. Obviously, we do not charge for them. The items are donated to us and we believe they are God’s resources to give freely to those in need.
They were on their way out of the parking lot when Judy’s son came back in the front door. He said he understood we did not charge for the items, but wondered if they could they give a donation? Of course!
As I said at the beginning, God reminds us of the reason we are here: to be a conduit for His work to be accomplished.
PRAYER : Thank you, God, for allowing me—and all your children–the opportunity to be the “hands and feet of Christ” by connecting Your resources with those in need. AMEN.
(Submitted by: Deb Harden, Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of Mission Central)
November 18, 2015 Mission Central Provides Support to a Family in Need (downloadable .pdf)