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Wash and Worship II: GOD Brings Help!

November 19, 2012

Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech,

“How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? (Proverbs 1:20)

Read Part One Here

So after a couple weeks of doing the program Tara and I were quickly approaching a serious problem. We were going out of town the following weekend and had to find someone to run the program. I knew right off the bat that this was not going to be an easy person to find. Even though I had life long friends, I also knew that like the old me, they weren’t going to be willing to give of their time, especially if it involved the Creator of the Universe. So I asked anyway, since I figured that they’d do it seeing as how I was in real need. To this day none of my friends I’ve had since college (I’m 36) have gone to church or came by the Laundromat to see what I’m up to. It’s amazing how something so fake can garner such a strong reaction.

So after asking all of them, I moved on to plan B. After plan B fell through I was really stuck and trusting that GOD would come through and keep this program going. I knew the momentum we had was very weak and the consistency of the program was very important. You can read about the details of what happened next here, but the long and short of it was that the night before we needed to find someone, GOD sent us Lawrence. Lawrence calling me right before it was too late is one of the clearest examples of GOD’S presence in this world and our lives since my testimony. It taught me that GOD many times waits until the last minute so that we know it’s from Him and in turn so that we learn to trust Him more. So that we see His time frame is not only the best time frame but also the only one.

Lawrence has been amazing from the first time I heard his voice that day. He had an eagerness to help that I don’t think I’ve ever heard from someone in my life. As I was telling him what I needed him to do, I got the feeling that it didn’t matter what I said next. There was no balking at the “I need you to be at the bus stop tomorrow (Sunday) at 8:30am”. No balking at “We’re getting on the city bus with some homeless people and then going to church downtown and then grabbing lunch and then riding the bus back and should be done around 2pm”. No balking at the “and I need you to do this from time to time ongoing, tomorrow I’m just training you”. Even though he has a full time job during the week, there hasn’t been any balking since, actually the complete opposite.

He’s proactive and creative in finding ways in which we can do more and be more effective and efficient with GOD’S resources. He hasn’t missed the church portion since he started two months ago, and I think he’s also been at the Laundromat every time as well. This is even true of the times he doesn’t have to be at church or laundry and Tara and I have it covered. He cooks home cooked meals for the Laundromat and has even had a cook out with everyone. Like Tara and I he’s spent so much of his own money on the program for food, supplies, cloths, washers and dryers, and many other things. He has personally told me that what he is doing is so fulfilling and brings him so much joy. All of this from someone who himself would admit that he’s not quite sure what he believes, but that the truth becomes clearer and clearer everyday as he seeks it, exactly as the Bible and I promise. There is no other way that you get a person through what was already a ridiculous set of events, at the last minute, who’s a perfect fit for the craziest job ever, other than GOD!

Lawrence has been helping us run the program for a couple months now. In addition he’s even stayed over night outside with our friends on occasion. It’s just so amazing. Praise GOD on so many levels and in so many ways!

To be continued here…

Don’t take my word for it! Research, Learn, Understand, Trust!

SUGGESTED INDEPENDENT RESEARCH:

If you have logical or rational questions or doubts about Christianity I challenge you to spend any amount of time on the site below. Don’t just watch the videos, look up the people being interviewed, look at their credentials. I just got back from the national apologetics convention in near Milwaukee this past week and there is so much concrete evidence for GOD, Jesus, the resurrection and that the Bible is the divinely inspired word of GOD it would take more faith to believe that everything worked out perfect and we just appeared than it does to see the truth about this world. Consider not just watching these clips but look into each of the speakers and find more of the work they’ve done. I promise if you spend any amount of time researching Christian apologetics that it’s impossible for you not to see the real truth of this world. It’s all at your finger tips!

The One Minute Apologist 

My Testimony

Romans 1:19-20

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