Rachel first came to our attention several years ago when she asked us for help with yard work and repairs. Because it was contended that there were poisonous snakes on the property, volunteers had been reluctant to help, but after waiting months on our needs list, a church was finally found to assist her.
There is so much more to the story than yard and repair work that bears sharing, because of the impact on Rachel’s life. In fact, if you have ever wondered what happens to the people helped by the churches through Love in the Name of Christ, here is a “rest of the story” example in the words of the volunteer:
“Three years ago, a team from our congregation responded to a need through Love INC. Rachel had gone through a divorce, and was subsequently defrauded by someone hired to remodel her home. She had only a gutted home, without proper plumbing or kitchen facilities. Rachel had attended church as a young person and walked with the Lord, but it seemed like bitter circumstances in life had left her vulnerable, alone, and far from Him.
“Our church helped her as much as we could. We installed kitchen cabinets and gutters. We rebuilt her shed and hired a plumber to install the bathroom fixtures. But it wasn’t meeting the material needs and living conditions that was the most important part of this story. Because we came alongside her as friends, we became people she could trust when she felt like there was no one else.
“We invited her to fellowship events at our church. Reluctant at first, Rachel finally attended and began to make new friendships. In the spring, one of her new friends invited her to attend Easter service. Rachel went — and has attended church ever since. She began attending prayer meetings regularly as well as other church events. We’ve seen her flourish and her life truly turned around. Her family relationships have been mended, and the Lord has shown Himself strong in her life.
“Without the opportunity to reach out to Rachel in her need we would never have had the privilege of watching her reconnect with her Lord.”