Moving out of the Newberg Community Shelter is a great accomplishment. “Kiki” had been living in the shelter for the past nine months and finally secured a two-bedroom apartment for her two children and herself. She had just a few personal belongings and a cot for a bed, but was so excited to begin this next chapter of her life.
During the “going away” party the other women in the shelter were throwing for Kiki, one of the Clearinghouse volunteers announced that her neighbors had a yard sale over the weekend. They had quite a few items unsold and left over. She suggested Kiki take a look at the items quickly, as her neighbors were getting ready to deliver the leftovers to Goodwill.
Kiki and a couple of staff members immediately drove over the neighbor’s home to find dishes, furniture, bedding, lamps, a coffee maker and baking pans. The neighbor who had hosted the yard sale said, “We couldn’t understand why these items didn’t sell this weekend. They are really nice and were priced well. Now we know why they didn’t sell; it was because God knew that you would need them.”
By the end of the day, Kiki had almost all she needed to set up her apartment. Over the following week she received even more donations and help from her family, Love INC volunteers and community members. She and the kids are settling into their new home and praising God for all that was so miraculously provided.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus… And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
(Philippians 4:4–7, 19 NIV)