Friday, October 16, 2009
What an Evening!
We started out tonight in search of a vehicle. We sold our car this week and so now we must find another. We are searching for a truck and we are wanting to take our time and get the vehicle the Lord wants us to have. I have 2 requirements, 4 door and running boards, we shall see. So away we go! Now we have been searching for weeks looking on the internet, so tonight we ventured out to look at some of them. The first dealership we went to, we get out and start looking we find the truck we had seen on the internet and no one even came out. So we thought we would just continue to move on. The next one we found one we liked but the salesman wasn't interested in working with us. So again down the road we go. The next 2 places we couldn't even find a salesman. So Scott says lets head home. We had seen a place on the opposite side of the road, but as we were heading back home, I asked him if he was going to stay on the feeder and at least drive slow by this place and we could look. Well, he pulled in and parked. Immediately a salesman came out, I let Scott go see if there was anything. I stayed in the van. (our church van) A little while later Scott and the salesman came to the van. The rest of this story takes a different direction. Steve the salesman says, "So you are a pastor?" He writes down what we were looking for and how much we could spend and said he would keep his eyes open for us. Then this man starts pouring his heart out to us. Last year when the hurricane hit they lost their home and the following Wednesday his wfie Melissa had surgery at MD Anderson for kidney cancer. After her surgery and time to be released from the hospital, Steve told them they had no where to go. And of course, they wouldn't release her because of no sterial environment for her. So for 2 months they ended up living in a Nuring Home, can you imagine? They are now living in an apartment and just starting to rebuild their home. The bad side of all this is they have given her 2 months to live. With tears in his eyes and by this time tears were running down my cheeks. Oh, my heart just goes out to folks going through cancer. It just makes me emotional. I feel their pain and want to reach out to them. Scott then told him that I had had cancer and he started sharing stories of things that had happened to them while at MD Anderson. Now we are all sharing stories and talking about how great God is. Oh, he told us from the start he and his wife were Christians. God makes no mistakes, and I believe he sent us to that dealership tonight to meet Steve. I told Scott as we drove off tonight that Steve was needing someone to talk to and I was still crying. So friends, please pray for Steve and Melissa Slaughter. He told us he would be praying for us, and as I asked him for his wife's name, told him we would be praying for them.