Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.,~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When asked why Ray volunteers his time at Fix It Forward Ministry, he spoke to us about growing up in a home with a leaky roof and attending a one room schoolhouse with no indoor plumbing.
Times, that is, we're not always perfect or plentiful. Though, as Ray stated, he didn’t know the size of the obstacles they continued to overcome (graduating college and moving to steady well-providing job), he confidently stated that along the way “people have helped me up when I fell and it seems natural to return the favor”.
Beyond this, Ray, expressed a familiar feeling – one that many of us have felt when life has felt overwhelming. He reflected on how when facing personal challenges in day-to-day life, “it seemed that I couldn’t do things for myself [but], I could find success at this activity, when I needed a win it provided a big win”.
The feeling of fellowship, working on an activity he loves (fixing cars!), and knowing that he has made a difference in the lives of his fellow community members has been, in his own reflection, a way of also supporting his own health and faith. Ray told us: Believe me this need is real, recipients are screened for eligibility, and what we do truly makes a difference. This Ministry is unique in that it is a hand up and not a handout.
We are grateful for Ray, whose work and reflection reminds us to revisit the message and charge found in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.
If you love reading these stories and want to become part of our mission, contact Tommy at 701-936-2225 or visit vwww.fixitforwardministry.com/volunteer for more information.
We are urgently looking to bolster our volunteer teams to help meet the ever increasing need in our community.
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