Barb was heartbroken from losing so many people and things she loved. First it was her home, due to foreclosure. Then it was her youngest brother, who died of pancreatic cancer. The breaking point came when she lost her job as a caregiver, along with her live-in residence.
She decided to move back home to Michigan, but her bad credit left her unable to find a place to stay.
“I didn’t have any family I could live with. I was scared, lonely and lost. I needed help.”
Barb remembered that her brother had stayed at the Mission several years ago and turned to us for help.
The day she walked into Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries, everything changed for Barb.
“When I came to stay here I knew that God would take care of me,” she says, with a big grin. “That He would provide for my needs.”
“It may not be in your timing – the way that you want – but God will provide.”
In our care, Barb was able to find healing for past hurts. She worked diligently to repair her credit and repay outstanding debts to get her finances in order. We also helped her apply for and obtain VA benefits so she could retire.
But the most important part of her restoration process was spiritual. She attended chapel services every morning and found a local church family that she loves.
“I learned that you never give up… there is always hope. There’s light at the end of the tunnel if you believe God will get you through.”
Today, Barb lives in a local retirement community. She is surrounded by great neighbors and enjoys living on her own again.
This Thanksgiving season – and all through the year – your kind generosity fills hearts with hope and gratitude… and transforms lives through God’s love!
“My faith is stronger than ever. I know that God is always there, no matter what.”