After a woman shared her struggles with health and employment issues in meeting for worship, he was finally moved to speak with her around the fellowship table in the foyer. Due to health issues her teeth were gone. Her appearance hampered what work she could get in the food service industry. Her family’s financial situation didn’t include dental care. Surprising himself, with her permission, he began a new and very personal ministry.
He negotiated with dentists for the best possible price. He approached people he knew who had some discretionary income and, including his own contribution, he raised the needed funds.
He made sure she knew there were no conditions attached to what he was doing. It was something the Lord had called him to do. He drove her to the dentist. Within a week all the dental work was done and the swelling had gone down and she looked fantastic. Changes in her life were immediate. She rediscovered herself and her self esteem. She was overjoyed and extremely grateful.
Some in her family weren’t pleased at all. She had been emancipated and was no longer compliant. Feelings of inadequacy and failure became keen. One man’s ministry opened the door to new ways the Lord is now at work.
Contributed by Nick Block, Spokane Friends