Recently a beautiful family came to make a very special donation.  Five years ago, they lost their sweet baby girl. To celebrate her memory, they rallied their community to collect and fill “Birthday Bags” with all the supplies needed to bake a cake, decorate, and celebrate a child’s birthday.  Each kit was packaged in a gift bag, and the collection was brought  to WLFJ.  Children all around our community will have special birthdays because of this family’s choice to honor their daughter in such a special way.


James came to our door after hours. He had been living with his brother but was kicked out and had no food and no coat. All were blessed when a 4X new coat was discovered that was a perfect fit for James. Another homeless man who arrived obviously cold and hungry received both food and a nice coat. New and gently used extras become the tools we need to bless our community!  Thank you Jesus!


Walter and his wife are homeless and living in their car.  They ran out of gas trying to get to WLFJ to shop. Walter has health problems and needed a cane.  The volunteer joined them in praying for His provision for them.  He was so excited to receive a cane as he is always worried that he will fall.  They were given a few dollars to buy some gas and received much needed groceries.


Gloria was leaving the building after shopping but stopped the volunteer and asked for prayer that she might be used by God.  At the end of the day, we noticed that Gloria was back in the building with two young people who needed to shop. After hearing the message, Gloria escorted the two into the prayer center where they prayed with the volunteer to receive Christ.  Gloria’s prayer to be used was quickly answered by our amazing God.  God’s eyes are always looking for those who are willing to be used in His Kingdom work.


After the Jesus Shop was closed down at WLFJ, God gave us the blessing of continuing to share from the resources He had entrusted to us.  Carroll’s Kitchen ( is a beautiful partnership for WLFJ in the Body of Christ.  It was our privilege to host a day for these precious ladies to come and shop for their children for Christmas and to help them understand a provision the God has made for them to shop on their own at WLFJ in the coming year.  these ladies who are striving to partner with God in rebuilding their lives and families were blessed.


In Johnston County on Sunday night, the crowds continued to pour in and the available turkeys were getting very low.  The leader shared with the honored guests that turkeys were low but we wanted everyone to be blessed.  If anyone was having dinner with someone else for Thanksgiving and didn’t need a turkey and would be willing to pass, they would be allowed to shop first and also could have a second meat from our deli table.  Several guests raised their hand willing to pass on this big treat in order to help others also be blessed.  It is wonderful to watch even those with great needs be willing to bless each other. 


Melissa, a young mother, stopped in the Prayer Center because she needed help breaking free from the addiction of smoking marijuana and was convicted about her anger and swearing as well.  She said that she knew these things were a sin against God and that her boyfriend told her she was going to hell because of them.  The volunteer asked Melissa what she thought she could do to avoid hell.  The girl responded with ideas like reading the Bible and going to church.  The volunteer loving explained that these things were good, but none of them could save her.  She shared with Melissa about God’s plan of forgiveness and salvation through Jesus. 


Recently we experienced something that never happens on a Saturday…we didn’t have enough volunteers to open the doors!  It was the weekend of Hurricane Irma and volunteers and resources were in great demand in other places.  As our tiny group of leadership prayed, a few more volunteers trickled in the door.  We were finally able to open the doors to a small group of Honored Guests.  We had to limit them to receiving food and prayer only.  Jessica was on a time schedule, but our limited ability to serve her and her fiance gave them the time to stop in the Prayer Center. 


One of our volunteers was giving out the message and shared a story about a bird that had gotten stuck in her house and refused to be rescued.  She compared it to how often we run away from God instead of to Him.  Emma came to the prayer center to talk afterward because “she was ready to come to Jesus to be saved.” They prayed together, she received Jesus, and she was given a Bible.  The volunteer encouraged her to get connected to a local church.  Emma’s teenage son spoke up and suggested they go to the church he had visited with a friend from school.  


A man that shops with us often, and is quiet and always a bit of a loner, was blessed this week with a wheelchair.  As he was exiting the building, he spotted a wheelchair at our bonus area.  His wife has been in need of one for a year.  The bonus area is just that–a bonus!  It’s extras that folks can take as they leave the building.  He was moved with emotion at this beautiful gift from the Lord just for him.  We could be seeing his wife shopping with him soon–Praise the Lord!