His Place of Blessing

Our friends Carol and Frank are retired with a fixed income. They live in a small house on three acres in a rural area. They love the Lord and wanted to serve Him in some special way.  Carol repeatedly felt the Lord directing them to step out of their comfort zone and do something bigger.

Their idea was to take much of their investment savings plus all of their emergency savings, and build a small two-bedroom apartment next to their home and share it with people in need. They would call it “His Place of Blessing.”

Carol decorated it with an American Patriotism theme.  Several friends donated furnishings, even a patriotic quilt!  She added a small bookcase containing a Bible and several good books.

Soon there was a call from the church secretary:  “An older woman who lives out-of-state has a son with a terminal illness.  She is a Christian and has called several churches asking if anyone could host her for a few weeks, as she cannot afford a hotel.”

Nancy was their first occupant. Daily she would visit her son who passed away after five weeks. Carol would check on Nancy every other day to see how her son was doing. There were opportunities to pray with Nancy and to encourage her.  She and Frank went to the hospital to meet and pray with her 49-year-old son who left behind a wife and three children. Nancy returned to her home after his burial.

Carol had just finished cleaning the apartment when three young men—college students from the Czech Republic arrived.  They came for a 6-week exchange program to learn English by immersion.  Carol and Frank simply loved these young men. They introduced them to their church and to the Christian fellowship for college students.

Carol found some Christian websites in the Czech language that the young men could enjoy:  http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/czech/whois.htm   http://www.everystudent.com / http://jesusfilmmedia.org/video/1_4432-cl-0-0/czech/the-story-of-jesus-for-children    A favorite comic in Czech:  http://www.chick.com/catalog/TractList.asp?language=Czech

Funny thing is,  “His Place of Blessing” is not just blessing people in need.  It’s blessing Carol and Frank as well!

  •  Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”      Psalm 20:4

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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18 Responses to His Place of Blessing

  1. Liana says:

    What a beautiful couple with a beautiful vision sharing the beauty of our Lord. Just reading your post Kathleen, one can see the True Vine wrapped securely around ‘His Place of Blessing’.

  2. What a great idea….there is no such thing as retirement when there is always a plan for our life!

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