Whenever I am asked to take a Sunday morning, I approach the message as a sharing of God’s work. There are two ways to look at God’s work, individually or corporately. I would like to share a story of God’s work corporately at The Window specifically, one of the many stories of the renovation project.
The story starts by just giving another tour to a Church. . . Three weeks after the tour, they handed me a check for $5,000, more than enough to pay for the whole bathroom, let alone a handicap accessible shower. I immediately started looking at pricing at the ReStore, online. . . You get the picture. After a few months with time slipping away, I decided that I would check one more time at the ReStore for a handicap accessible shower knowing, that if they didn’t have a handicap shower I would buy one from Lowes or Menards with the cost between $3,500-$4,500. I walked into the ReStore and asked Carol Walker if they had any handicap accessible showers?? She laughed and said, “Yes. We just received 16 showers, 8 with the seat on the right side of the shower and 8 with the seat on the left side”. I just looked at her, stunned. Where?, I asked. She lead me to the back of the store and showed me a handicapped shower still wrapped in plastic, cost. . . . $350.00 and it was equipped with all the hardware!
Long story short, I asked Ross Swihart of Faith Mission if his drivers could pick up and deliver the shower to The Window. He agreed to pick it up and deliver it but not only that, he paid for the shower and put it right into the bathroom!
We all know the parable found in Matthew 14:13-21, the five loaves of bread and two fish feeding the 5,000. Phase 1 reminds me of that parable, which was completed at the cost of $5,000-$6,000.
Thank you for your continued support and please remember The Window financially and in prayer as we continue to serve Goshen and the wider community.
J. Ed Swartley/Executive Director