Maria is a first-time guest who is also a believer.  She was excited that a gospel message was given in addition to the food and clothing she needed.  She humbly prayed, kneeling before the Lord despite her advanced age, to thank the Lord for His faithful provision.  Maria asked the prayer center volunteer to pray with her for a job that she could physically handle and for God’s healing on her body.  Recently she was diagnosed with a brain tumor but was afraid she would be denied treatment because of her inability to pay.


Ellen was in prison.  As a young mother she witnessed her husband abusing her small children.  She felt helpless to stop it and cried out to God for her children’s protection.  A teacher at school discovered their secret.  Her husband went to prison, but so did Ellen.  For the next four years she only saw her children when they came with their social worker once a month.  As time neared for her to be released, a volunteer at the prison told her about WLFJ.  Each week she would come to WLFJ to shop but on Saturdays she would come to serve.  

Praise Report for March

Tonya came to shop.  She just found out she’s expecting a baby and is newly off drugs.  Her food stamps have not come as promised and her needs are great. During her shopping experience, at very different times, two leadership people were drawn to pray for her.  They supplied her with a few extras to fill gaps that she hoped food stamps would supply.  We thank the Lord for God appointments!

A man who had walked to the ministry stopped in the prayer center to ask for a coat and gloves.  It was a wet, cold day.  Quickly the gloves were supplied but no coat fit his large frame.  

February Praise Report

The clarinet music sweetly flowed out the door and down the hall as guests came to shop.  One lady stood trying to decide whether she should come or not.  As she struggled with that decision, the music seemed to be calling her to come.  She slipped into the building and started her first shopping experience at WLFJ.  The volunteer came as he always comes to serve and share the Word on Tuesdays.  On this day, he decided to bring his clarinet and add a bit of culture to our day. Little did he realize that God was wooing in a first time guest and would use this small decision in this way.  

Praise Report for January, 2017

A family came to our Johnston County outreach for the first time with their school age daughter who is struggling with gender identity.  A volunteer from out of town visiting for a local church conference was able to relate about a similar struggle she had in her life and how Jesus showed her the way.  She took the entire family aside, prayed, and listened lovingly to their struggles.  After earning their trust, she took the daughter aside to pray and talk with her.  They left having been heard, valued, cared for, loved and encouraged.


It was Tuesday before Thanksgiving and the last day we would be open to the community for that week.  Stacy, a honored guest, noticed that there was a scripture taped to the back of another shopper.  They engaged in conversation over this odd little advertisement of the Word.  The message was given and then they continued to chat.  Stacy stopped two of our volunteers to receive answers to several questions and recommitted her life to the Lord.  Wow! Thank you Jesus for the testimony of one in need who used her need as a stewardship to sow into the lives of others!

Praise Report for October

A Partnering church did an amazing “bumper crop” for us and delivered it recently.  What is a “bumper crop”?  It’s when a local church passes out grocery bags to their members one week with a list of needed food items and other resources for WLFJ.  They fill their bags and bring them back the next week leaving their bag at the back bumper of their car.  A designated committee member drives a truck through the parking lot and picks up those bags and brings them to WLFJ.  If your church is interested, email for more information.

Praise Report for September

Ricardo is a young man in his twenties, who responded to the gospel and wanted to ask Jesus to come into his life.  He admitted he had been pushing the Lord away but was now ready to surrender.  Jennifer approached a volunteer to share that her teenage son had recently died and was looking for God to bring her comfort.  After hearing the gospel message, she stopped in the prayer room looking for comfort and found The Comforter!  Jesus became her Savior and the lifter of her head.  Bernard was recently released from prison and wanted prayer for his new life.  

Praise Report for August

It was a busy Saturday and God blessed us with a good staff of volunteers.  Keisha and Nick came to serve too.  They moved among our guests praying for people as God led them.  We love when we have the opportunity to simply move among our guests and offer to pray especially for those who might never stop for prayer.  They had many opportunities to pray for jobs, housing and illnesses.  God was at work in our building encouraging honored guests and volunteers as well.

Praise Report for July

It was one of those incredibly hot days and because of the heat and limited volunteers we had to close early.  Jimmy was in the number that came.  He was released from prison just a week earlier.  His tone was a bit gruff but his need was sincere.  He did not have a change of clothes and had not been able to bathe in a week.  As he began to shop for clothes, the volunteer realized that there was nothing available in his pant size.  He looked for shirts as she slipped into the processing area to see what she could find to fit him.