Jaw on the Floor.
Today we went to a church a couple of miles from our new house.
On the way there Tyler and I were talking about Max and what we’re going to do. Fundraising basically is going absolutely no where this time. I’m sure it’s because we’ve fundraised so much for other kids over the past few years. People are tired of it. Everyone wanted a happy ending with Igor, and it didn’t happen because it was just harsh reality instead, and now people want to move on to something else happy. I get it, and it’s ok.
But what to do, what to do?
We have about a thousand dollars coming in that we had planned to set aside for our van. We either need to lease (ugh) something new, or put down money for major repairs. I told Tyler maybe we should use that money towards Max. We don’t have any savings due to the rough few years we’ve had.
He said we have to have a car to drive, so we really can’t do that. Which is more important? Max or the car?
I said Max, but that would leave us without a car to drive to appointments, errands, or homeschool activities while he’s at work. He works about an hour away from our house, too far for us to afford the gas to drop him off and pick him up twice a day.
Our van currently has no power steering, which makes it kind of a pain to drive without wrecking at times. It’s a 2005 Toyota Sienna. I guess it’s just hit the point where things are starting to break on it due to age, wear, and tear.
We went into the new church without really finishing our discussion. There wasn’t really any answer to settle on anyway.
We were late for church because…well…yeah. We’re always late it seems. No matter how hard we try.
We came in and sat down in the back. The preacher was in the middle of the sermon.
The first thing we heard him reference was his years of ministry in Ukraine.
What!? Most people don’t even know where Ukraine is.
Tyler raised one eyebrow at me.
The sermon went on, and then the pastor mentioned…get ready for this, because I almost fell out of my chair:
Their new car care ministry.
What is a car care ministry? Well they have a mechanic at their church and every Wednesday night they invite anyone in the community to come with their cars for a cookout and free repairs. The mechanics will check out your car and figure out what’s wrong, and then they will invite you to come back next week once they’ve got the parts to repair it.
Are you kidding??
Have you ever even heard of such a ministry?!
I swear you all, I couldn’t make this stuff up.
You know where I’ll be Wednesday at 6 p.m.? Checking out this car care ministry.
Of course that $1,000 still won’t make us funded for Max to come, but when I’m feeling hopeless it’s a definite sign that we’re on the right path and my prayers are heard.
Max’s picture jumping out at me isn’t a coincidence. Tyler agreeing happily to host him even after Igor isn’t a coincidence. Our random visit to this church wasn’t a coincidence.
I don’t think I even believe in coincidences.