Thank You for Providing Life Giving Shelter
Our street outreach talking to Liz at the convenience store she was living behind.
Liz is a vision impared woman in her mid-50’s who lived behind a local convenience store for almost two years before meeting our Street Outreach team. Liz lost her sight when she was beaten by a guy she had been in a relationship with. She gets social security disability checks but must trust people with her debit card so she can purchase food. She has no way of knowing if they are charging the right amount on her card since she can’t see what they are doing.
We put Liz in a motel in April 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and through your generous support we have been able to provide emergency shelter for her this entire time.
We have BIG news on Liz. She has given her life to the Lord!!! We recently brought her to our staff meeting to hear how God has been working in her life during this time quarantined in the motel.
We asked her how this time has changed her. She said, “I found God. It’s not a desperate holding on to God anymore. I had to hold on to him because I didn’t have anything else to believe. But I found him in that motel room.”
Last summer our staff took some time out to retreat. Liz knew we were unavailable during that time so she decided “I’ll go on a retreat by myself. I turned on Joyce Meyer’s and did my own retreat. I heard her talking to these other people and I was like “God, take it. I don’t want it anymore. Just take it all. I’m giving you all of it. It felt like God just picked me up, but my feet never left the ground. And it was just the weirdest thing. I couldn’t quit laughing and smiling. I didn’t know what was happening to me. I thought I had lost it. I had been alone too long.
Then He said something else to me. I am a very disobedient person. I mean I just wouldn’t obey anybody. He told me to stop pushing Him away. He wasn’t going anywhere.
Through her relationship with the Lord she said “I realized that I’m not disposable. I do matter. I’m not trash. Because according to God without Jesus everyone is messed up.”
Liz was hesitant for our team to take her from the back of that convenience store in Garland and put her in a motel in Plano. “I wouldn’t have found any of that if they had not made me come over here. I didn’t want to go over there. I don’t know those people. I’m not angry with anybody anymore. If you even understood the depth of that, I can’t even tell you, because I have been angry, full of rage and evil. When the easiest thing you’ve ever done is try to take your own life, then you have reached a level. I don’t want anybody to feel like that. And I didn’t care who felt like that because I felt like that. I care. And that’s crazy because I hated the human race.
I don’t hate people anymore. I’m not angry. I don’t lay in my bed for a week at a time depressed. I hardly get depressed anymore. I know how to fight back. I know that Satan is a lying loser. I know that. I know his thoughts from God’s thoughts. I had never heard God before because I would never listen. I was too busy doing dope. I was too busy feeling sorry for myself.
When asked, did you say that God made you blind so that you can really see? Liz answered “He didn’t make me blind. I mean it’s a consequence. He allowed it to stick because I wasn’t listening. And I wasn’t seeing what He was trying to do. I’ve never slowed down. You know I was always scared I was going to miss something. Even out there. But I had to be blind to see. I see so much now. I see more than people that can see and it’s just amazing that every day it’s something new. I have a lot of things wrong with me. Things that I would say about other people. And that alone right there, whom I am to judge anybody.
I have dreams again. I have goals. Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve had a goal? Just to make it to the dope house was the goal for the day. I have goals! I’m going to work, I’m going to volunteer, I’m going to go to church. I feel like I got my humanity back. I don’t know how to describe this. I felt humanized and I felt invisible and I didn’t want it to hurt me. I didn’t want to let it hurt me. But it hurt too. You have to admit that. Because you have your rage and your self-mutilation and whatever it is that we do to ourselves. And I wasn’t raised with God. I wasn’t raised with Jesus. I was raised in foster homes and orphanages.
And you know, the little girl in me is not sad anymore. And I don’t hate my mom. And I hated her my whole life and I don’t hate her anymore. Because God showed me what a wonderful person she was. She died last year. My daughter found her but in my bitterness and hate, I missed the opportunity to meet her.”
Praise God for using this situation to bring Liz to him and we couldn’t have done it with YOU!
We saved the best for last. Liz has moved into a place of her own now!!! She is going to have a pacemaker put in and then she may be able to have surgery to regain her sight. Pray for Liz to continue to cling to and follow the Lord.
Liz walking into her new apartment!