Why would I drive to Bloomington, IN from Noblesville, IN just to buy firewood? It is not because I save money but because I want to see my 70+ year old lumberman buddy who cuts the wood by himself. He and his wife live in a few acres of land with a large backyard full of trees stacked together and ready to be cut for firewood. He alone do all the work himself!
Two years ago, I asked him if I can pray for him. I noticed that his countenance changed immediately. He shared with me that he lost 2 sons that year. We prayed together for strength and comfort for him and his family. After we prayed together, I found out that he has been following Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. This year is my 4th fall season visiting him. It seems like he never changes and is still as strong as an ox! I am always encouraged to see him!
Every time I ask him how he can manage to cut huge trees into firewood by himself, he would always say, “The good Lord helps me!” with a strong country accent. He has difficulty in hearing and his speech is a little bit slurred.
I noticed this time that his lumberyard was almost out of wood. He said that he will slow down next year but will still sell firewood to a few people including me. He said that he needs at least 40 ricks of firewood to heat and ventilate his house every year. I prayed for him again before we left. There were a couple who were stacking firewood on their trailer who joined my wife and me in prayer.
Every year, before I go to his house, I always pray that I will find him still strong and still there. He has been an inspiration to me. I have never seen him sad, he’s always smiling and encouraging. He remembers me as his buddy from Indy and I consider him as my brother in Christ.
Similar to my experience with my lumberman buddy, I pray that the FHL missional food pantries become places where people come, not just because of food but first of all, relationship. At the FHL fundraiser dinner on Nov. 7th, we will share stories how God has been using our pantries as Kingdom Hubs in the neighborhoods. Please support us with your attendance and/or your donation.
God bless you,