An Update from Margie, August 2016
Someone asked me once “Margie what do you do every day?” I thought a moment and then responded “look to see where God is working and join Him”. This story is an attempt to have you walk with me through today.
The kids are back in school – all of them. As I opened the apartment door at 6 a.m., I became aware of silence. It was eerie and I missed the kids that were with me through the summer, but there was no no time to waste! The donation room was in shambles from Saturday and all of the kids coming for last minute school supplies, uniforms, shoes and socks.
Plastic tubs were emptied and items consolidated. Other tubs were filled with items that were in just plain paper boxes. About 9 am, the room was somewhat organized, so the next challenge was my desk! In about 1 more hour, it was organized and tidy.
I looked at my cell phone and it was almost 10 am, so I opened the front door and found two ladies talking. One Bhutanese lady said her child was scolded at high school for not having the proper uniform. She looked through the uniform polo shirts that were available, but she could not find the correct size and color. No child should fear going to school, or be ashamed to go to school, so I asked if she had transportation. If so, I could give her a Walmart gift card. She said they had a car but she did not drive, so I gave her a Fiesta gift card (walking distance) to help with a polo shirt. She was thrilled.
It was now about 10:30 and the ladies from various countries started coming for diapers. I had ladies from Afghanistan, and Sudan and Bhutan. By closing time at 12 noon, I had helped about 14 families with diapers or food or school supplies or whatever.
One lady from Sudan, who came for diapers, said her husband is currently unemployed but looking for work. She was worried how they would pay the rent in a few weeks. So, I offered to give her some contacts of foundations that pay rent. As I wrote out the names and addresses and phone numbers for her, we had a good spiritual conversation. Her husband has a car but cannot afford the insurance and their cell phone service was cut because they could not pay the bill. Later, I went to Fiesta and purchased some Q cards to use on Metro so that her husband can look for a job but does not have to drive a car with no insurance.
As I was leaving the apartment of the Sudanese lady, an Iraqi lady came toward me. She had asked for food last week but disappeared before I could help her and I did not see her again. Usually by the end of the month, the food stamp recipients find they have more month than food stamps. I had given her a Jesus video in Arabic last week and asked her to watch it so it was good that she came to me so that I could follow up. She said that she and her husband had both watched it. I remembered that in Thailand a Campus Crusade for Christ representative told me that it is estimated that the Jesus video will be watched by different individuals at least 10 times.
God is so good to allow me to serve His people. I am so grateful for those people who give so that I have the funds to buy gift cards or food or school supplies. Since I cannot physically visit the families, it gives me a chance to connect with the women who stay at home and just need someone to talk to and sometimes a little help.
Continue to pray for Margie as ministry continues through the fall. If you can volunteer or donate, contact Margie.
email Margie www.4loavesfishes.org
"Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and will be repaid in full" Proverbs 19:17