Paul and Maggie were excited about the prospect of being a part of Prop Closet. After their recent purchase of a new vehicle, they felt called to donate their 2006 Toyota Sienna to Journey Church.
Although they were excited to bless the church with the monetary value behind the gift, Maggie started to feel slightly disappointed that their donation didn't seem to have as impactful of a story behind it as others had. So many gifts came in with testimony of spiritual breakthrough or God-breathed confirmation. Maggie and her husband Paul hoped for the same experience. What they didn't know was that the Lord was aligning the details to surprise them with an extra dose of proof that their gift was indeed His calling. What happened next was truly a sign that God is the ultimate author and perfector of our faith--the ultimate provider--and the Master of detail. In many ways, we are all along for the ride.
Soon after they decided to make the donation, Maggie called her insurance agent to register their new car. She told the story of how they were donating the proceeds made off their old car to their church and how they wanted the car to make a difference to someone. They hoped that it could go to someone who really needed it.
Maggie's insurance agent was so moved by the story, she brought it up in conversation with her boss, Calvin, later that day. He, too, was so moved by the story that he determined in his heart to purchase it for someone in need. He remembered the hardship of some friends of the family who lived in El Paso, Texas--an elderly missionary couple with four children. Their van had recently been totaled ... and ... believe it or not ... their vehicle was also a 2006 Toyota Sienna!
Wow, God. What a story.
This couple, well known for the way they meet the needs of people either through missions or acts of service, had put over 380,000 miles on their old car by driving anywhere and anywhere they could be of help to others. It didn't matter if it was just delivering food to someone in need or doing their frequent missions work in California. They pushed their Toyota Sienna to the limits because it was their only way of transportation to serve others. Their whole world revolved around that car staying on the road. Luckily, the man who drove it had always been able to repair his vehicle, to keep things running smoothly. However, after their Sienna was totalled, he was at a loss for what to do. They didn't have the funds to replace it. The situation was beyond his ability to fix.
That's where a few precious prayers got answered. The Lord met Paul and Maggie in their request, while meeting the El Paso missionaries in their moment of need, by using the generosity of an insurance agent. It goes to show that tax collectors, insurance agents, all sorts of every day people can make an extraordinary difference.
Calvin's thoughtfulness enabled the El Paso family to continue to minister. The missionaries were recently flown out to Nashville to fetch the car. They are now back on the road again, ready and equipped to love and care for the people God puts in their path. Journey Church (and the Prop Closet team) pray them to have a safe "journey" home.
How's that for a touching story, Maggie? Thank you, Jesus! And ... thank you Maggie and Paul for the generous gift to The Prop Closet.