Saturday, July 3, 2010

Finding Ministry in Laundry

It's 11:30 on a Saturday night with Sunday and 4th of July Celebrations full force ahead, I'll keep tonight's post brief, but I do want to share about a man we were able to encourage while we were catching up on some laundry during our trip.
His name is Bill, and he owns the laundry mat in Whiteriver. Notice I said, THE laundry mat in that small dot on the map. He was curious as to who we were and why we were there. As Lauren and I got to share with him, he began to pour out his heart of God's goodness and faithfulness even while Christians on the reservation are under persecution. Many are continually losing their jobs and unable to obtain jobs. He's owned and managed his small business for decades now, and his job became threatened. Keep in mind that the systems work differently on the reservation than they do elsewhere in the U.S. To make a long story short, instead of his position being terminated, he not only was able to maintain his business, but the admistrators there ended up paying him money! It was so encouraging to listen to his faith. We asked if we could take his picture so we would not forget him, but rather that we would continually lift him up in prayer. He gladly complied and asked that we would not just pray for him, but for his family as well. So if you read this post, and see this picture, take a moment right where you are, and lift him and his family before God. He and his wife are raising grandchildren because their children are not serving God. God's promise of salvation and abundant life is not just for us as individuals, but for our families! Believe with us for this precious man's family! Even though you may never meeet him on this side of eternity, your prayers can be the difference in eternal life or death for not only his children, but the people he has influence with on the reservation who still need the saving power of Jesus Christ!

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