Hope Weekly 7/24/2019

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Hope Weekly Shares Testimony of Reaching Out!
Have you ever had a hankering for a certain food? Well this story begins with a man who had a yearning for a real “Sonoran-style” chimichanga like he used to get at Bitzee Mama’s in Glendale, AZ (now my taste buds are watering!). But Bitzee Mama’s is a little far away from Michigan so his son made a suggestion that they start with different Mexican Restaurants in the area and see if they could find the treasured chimichanga. Last week the man and his wife met with their son at a local restaurant to begin their journey when God opened their eyes to an opportunity right in front of them.
As they ate lunch, they were able to strike up some banter with their server. They discovered that she tried to do something nice for someone on each shift and gave an example of giving two colored pens to a couple of children whose mom really appreciated her generosity. As the conversation opened up, they learned that she was working two jobs to try to make ends meet and that her last car payment hadn’t gone through. She was facing two car payments in four days.  The family realized that God was giving them an opportunity to bring hope right in front of them.
They inquired if they could pray for her and her finances because God loved her and was more than able to help her in this way. She responded that it was very hard for her to go to church without getting anxious because three years earlier she had gotten divorced from someone who was in ministry and abusive to her. The family was so sorry that this had happened to her. They shared Psalm 147:3 with her that God “heals the broken-hearted and binds up all their wounds”. They also got to share that the heart of Jesus is the same. They told her that God wanted to heal the broken areas of her heart and help her with her car payments because He loved her so much. The waitress was open to prayer and the family was able to pray for her needs.
Well, the son needed to leave and it was time for the couple to move on with the day, when the husband said to his wife, “I think we need to leave a $50.00 tip.” His wife said that she was thinking the same thing and the exact same amount! So they did. They are planning on going back soon to see how she is doing. I have no idea how good the chimichanga was!
How is God calling you to bring hope to someone right in front of you? Join in on the fun! We, together, are called to be a people who bring hope!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” Romans 15:13


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