Praise Reports

DECEMBER PRAISE REPORT

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 (carrollskitchen.org) 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.

PRAISE REPORT FOR NOVEMBER

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. 

OCTOBER PRAISE REPORT

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. 

SEPTEMBER PRAISE REPORT

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. 

PRAISE REPORT FOR AUGUST

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.  

JULY PRAISE REPORT

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!

PRAISE REPORT FOR MAY

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.

APRIL PRAISE REPORT

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.