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It started one day with an eye-opening realization. Not everyone had enough to eat or a friend or smile or heat or even a place to lay their head at night. Everyone was different. Everyone was in need and some were in need more than others. Twenties found their way into some very interesting adventures when they were put into the hands of those who cared but were unable to do. Those people then put twenties into the hands of those who saw but didn’t have twenties to give. When hearts say help and God says move, adventures are soon to follow!!!
Adventure #9: Our “Rag Doll”
There she is!! Where?? We quic”kly turned around and ended up almost under a bridge but it was well worth it.
You may remember us talking about our “rag doll” friend who has a name, Tammy. We met her on the street in Destin where was sprawled like a broken doll with her belongings around her. They had been taken from the abandoned house where she slept at night and she found them on a trash heap and she collected them and now kept them with her. We usually found her on the north side of the road in downtown Destin and looked for her whenever we went down there. We were planning on asking her to lunch and to find out more of her story. We had then found her coming back from Fort Walton not recognizing a mobile “Tammy Doll” who was walking, pulling her things in a buggy type of wagon. We pulled over and she recognized us. “Number three,” she cried as she saw a twenty sticking up from my hand. She came over to the car and told us she was coming from Fort Walton. This part of our story happened a while back and she had gone to see if it was any better over there but found some of the homeless men to be less than friendly. She went there because of the recent water spouts we had. We got her and her stuff into our car. I asked where she stayed and she pointed to an abandoned building with a broken roof. She explained that the water spout had hit it and broke all the windows. She had been in it at the time scared to death and covered in glass. That was why she tried Fort Walton. But she said it was not worth the walk. She knew one of the hotels was cheap and she needed to save money for one night to just get cleaned up. She knew the price, but we warned it would be more as Spring Break had just begun. We asked how much she had saved so far. She had $1.00 We drove to the hotel and she swore softly under her breath. They had raised the price by $20. This was not a fancy place. We hoped they would let her stay for cash. We had not seen many homeless that month and had many $20’s that needed a home. So we said “Tammy, here is enough for you to stay, even though they raised the price.” She was stunned. We hoped she was ok and that she would be allowed to go in and relax and clean up for the night. She could barely talk and thank us enough.
Next we next saw her on the south side of the street a couple weeks later. We always looked for her but it was odd to see her there. We pulled off so we could talk to her and then we saw her talking to someone else. That no one else was there did not make us upset but did help us understand why she was on the street. When she noticed us, she came over to us and greeted us as always. She was happy to see us and we gave her a new cart so she could rid herself of the cumbersome broken down buggy and move more easily. She thanked us as always and now remembered our names as she waved goodbye. Her reality was different but we were the same.
We searched for her for a month and a half. Looking in all the places we had found her before. We were watching and hoping that we had just missed her or she was eating somewhere or someone was helping her but fearing in our hearts that something had gone horribly wrong. You see, we had heard of others being run off or escorted by the police to different counties or even taken to jail, where at least they were out of the elements and had food and clean clothes and medical attention. But the worry of this caused us such pain. We knew God had his hand on Tammy. We just did not know what happened, and it was hard to look and look and not find. We helped others but even others were few and far between. Where had all the homeless gone?
Then, driving into Fort Walton, there she was. We didn’t get a chance to ask why she came back here but when she saw us she was so excited just like we were. We got hugged and kissed and we said, “Where have you been?” and she said “Where have you been?” We laughed at how we all missed each other.
We asked if she was ok and she said NO! Someone stole her cigarettes and lighter! We said, “No silly, we couldn’t find you. Are you ok?”
“Well, yeah, but where have you been?,” she asked again as if it was perfectly natural to be in a different town. She then told us how she had been in Destin and Fort Walton and she was fine but she warned us about being careful of getting coffee in Waffle House.
I asked why. She explained she paid for coffee and after the 2nd cup the waitress said she would have to pay for coffee again if she wanted another cup. You only get 2 cups when you pay for it. She wanted us to know so we didn’t get ripped off. We said thank you and we realized that being homeless makes restaurants and other places treat you differently. We are sure we have had numerous drinks, at least more than 2 whenever we went to a place and ordered. They never limited you to 2 drinks.
Being homeless means never being treated like anyone else. But God was good and we were reunited with our broken rag doll, Tammy. She is ok, smiling and able to eat for another week. We now know to look for her in other areas and will continue not to enable her to be homeless, but to enable her to eat, have a cup of coffee or two and be able to live. We wish we could do more and ask God to help us know what else we can do.
The Rural Relief Pantry will be open THIS SATURDAY and if you’d like to lend a hand distributing supplies, the Muscogee Tribe will appreciate whatever help you can provide in their efforts to relieve the plight of our working poor. For information and directions to Bruce, please email Cyndi at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once a month why not come and serve with us at Rural Relief? Also remember the continuing need of diapers, feminine products and adult diapers or monetary donations. Come join us!! Talk to a Talty at 850-585-0370 or email@example.com.
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A Love Worth Giving: Living in the Overflow of God’s Love by Max Lucado
God loves each of us. Personally. Powerfully. Passionately. And it’s a love worth giving. But before we can pass love on, we must receive it ourselves.
Building on the principles found in 1 Corinthians 13, known as the love passage, best-selling author Max Lucado helps us dive into the depth and perfection of God’s love, exploring the ways that it can be reflected in our daily lives through patience, kindness, forgiveness, and more. For those of us feeling low on these attributes, A Love Worth Giving opens the door to the transfusion we need in order to spread a love that really is worth giving.
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I would like to thank the people of A Simple Faith who sent cards, gave me hugs and lifted my sister and I up in prayer during this difficult week. Even though I am fairly new to this church I am overwhelmed by the strong feeling of being part of a loving, caring family. My sweet sister Beth is fully restored and at peace with her Savior, and that gives me such comfort.
Please put my very good friend Jay and her husband for strength on our prayer list for God to look over her and bless both of them with healing. She found out today she has throat cancer. Still awaiting one more test to see if it has moved to other glands to see if she will elect surgery or treatments. She’s a great lady and does so much for so many, and never complains. She fought breast cancer and won, please pray she will concur and win once again.
Judy Hamilton and Craig Seelman
Bobby Rains is at home now. He will be continuing to receive treatment for some time. Please continue to include him on your prayer list.
If you’d like to send him a card, Bobby’s address is:
304 River Chase Dr
Bainbridge, GA 39819
5 rounds of chemo, 4 blood transfusions, 2 platelet transfusion, 2 cryoprecipitate transfusions, 2 bone marrow biopsies, 3 spinal taps, 2 weeks in the hospital & 19 blood withdraws. Scotty is officially in FULL REMISSION!!!!!! We will now spend the next 3 1/2 years keeping this beast of a disease at bay. Thank You Sacred Heart and Nemours for all the wonderful care. WHO SAYS PRAYERS DON’T WORK? Let’s all continue encircling Scotty with prayer!
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