On my third day of working with Mission Arlington, I was able to do something new from my regular job in child care. I worked the in the front office.
My job was to help people who needed food, clothes, help paying bills, etc. I would bring them into a room, talk to them about what they needed, pray for them and then take them shopping in our store where everything was free.
I talked and prayed for several people. After about four hours, I had a woman come in. When I sat her down to talk, I asked her how she was doing. She looked tired, and stressed out.
She said, "I have to ask someone to jump my car all the time, I don't have a lot of food and life is just crappy. It's life though, I guess."
I told her I was sorry, and asked if I could pray for her. She looked delighted and told me she prays every day. I found out that she has five toddlers, and is not married. Three of her children are boys, and the other two are girls. She was looking for clothes for them.
When I took her into the store, we went straight to the toddler section. We searched for clothes, and couldn't find anything. I started to feel disappointed, and she looked disappointed, as well. We started to leave the store, as we noticed someone bringing in a box full of toddler clothes. She started searching in the box, and I saw her face light up.
She started pulling clothes out and putting it into her bag. Her bag filled up with clothes for both of her girls. I asked a worker if there were any boy clothes for her toddlers, and he said they just got in a big load of boy clothes. He brought them in and she was able to find clothes for all of her boys.
Seeing how sovereign God was, especially in this moment made me tear up. I tried my best to hold back my tears, but they came out anyways. She also wanted a Christmas tree, and some toys for her kids. When I went out to the store, I usually didn't see very many Christmas trees, but this time there were three! We found a Christmas tree, which fit in her car, and lots of toys for her kids. When I first took her in, she wasn't in the best mood, but by the time she left her mood changed completely.
I was so in awe of how sovereign and caring our God is. I pray everyday that what she experienced will have an impact on her spiritual life!
Laura Cadena served as a Go Now missionary at Mission Arlington over Christmas break.