Ask . . . And You Shall Receive

untitled“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

This is an oft-quoted Bible verse from Luke 11:9.  It’s meant to encourage us to ask boldly knowing that God, who is good, will provide the things we need.  A few weeks ago CCDOK did just this in our April eNewsletter and in parish bulletins. 

We were so excited to learn that we had recently received funding to provide five more transitional housing units to older homeless youth.  These five units would house a total of eight youth and two babies at a time and would give them a safe and comfortable place to live as they learn skills and become self-sufficient through our services.  The challenge?  NONE of these units had ANY furnishings.  So, we put out the call, asking people across the nine counties we serve if they had anything in their attics or garages (or even in their living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms) that they could spare.

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

We asked . . . and we were overwhelmed with response!  The faithful generosity of donors made this verse almost seem an understatement!  We thought our request was huge . . . that it might be too much to ask from our community.   We discovered it was not.  Yesterday — with the help of even more amazing volunteers who travelled across southwest Michigan to pick up and deliver donations — we were able to fully furnish three whole apartments.  More than 20 different donors had provided us with couches, chairs, dinette sets, beds, dressers, pots and pans — and more.  All of this came from a simple ask in faith.  What an incredible response!

As we pulled up to each donor’s home with a huge U-Haul truck, four volunteers hopped out to pick up the donated items.  We knocked on the doors and met the donors face-to-face and we were further blessed to see the joy they took in offering their gifts.  It was obvious that they were so pleased to be able to help create a home for youth who don’t have one.  One gentleman said, “I was going to put this on Craig’s list but I would rather give to someone in need.”  It was an opportunity for their faith to bear fruit — and we had a veritable cornucopia as a result!

If you were one of the generous individuals or families who gave us your chair, your table, or a set of pots and pans . . .  we want you to know that you were part of a miracle.  You were the fulfillment of scripture — and your gift will be a huge blessing to the young people who will benefit from it over the years.  Your chair, table, and pots and pans will come together to create the first safe home these young people have ever had.  We asked, you responded . . .  and the youth will be blessed.  Thank you for your generosity!

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” 

And it was . . . abundantly.

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