Moving Sale=Success!

I know it may sound silly, but I prayed about this moving sale for weeks beforehand.  Stephen and I have been so burdened lately about how much we have, and how much others are in need, and a few weeks ago we went through all our stuff and got rid of about half of it.

But us getting rid of our stuff didn’t actually put it in the hands of anyone in need, so we were pretty much where we started (except I was WAY happier because I am a minimalist who married a hoarder and am loving the extra space:-).  We tossed around various ideas about how to either get our clothes and books into the hands of those who needed them or turn our stuff into cash to fund someone who was needy.

The idea of a moving sale, with proceeds going to a missions agency, seemed the best solution.  So I prayed and prayed that God would bring people (to PLEASE take our stuff!) and that he would burden their hearts to give generously to the missions need.

Minutes after 7:00, 8 people showed up, browsed through our stuff, and promptly left.  I was definitely feeling a little hopeless when Richmond walked in, put down his backpack, and began thoroughly looking through each pile, asking us about each item and why we were getting rid of it.

Little by little, his story came out.  Here at MBI from Uganda, he is returning to his country in 7 weeks to minister to his fellow pastors.  He spoke of the immense physical need of these pastors, explaining that there is no currency system away from the cities, and pastors cannot care for their families needs with gifts of bananas.  They cannot pay their medical bills or put shoes on their children’s feet. And then turned to the stacks of clothes and held out his arms.

“Oh, all these clothes! How I would love to be able to take all these clothes back for the pastors families!”

Stephen and I looked at each other.  At that moment, I knew that Richmond was the answer to my many weeks of prayers.  We implored him to take all of the clothes–that is what we originally wanted, we simply didn’t know how!  Stephen ran into the bedroom and began pulling things out of his drawers and asking, “Do they need sweats? Socks? What about ties?”  Richmond would answer with “They just need anything to cover them.”

When he brought out some suit coats and looked at Richmond with questions in his eyes, Richmond broke out in a joyous laughter, clapping his hands and nearly crying.  “Yes, yes! They will love those! Oh, they love to be able to dress up!”

The joy on his face was enough for Stephen and I as we loaded up garbage bags with clothes and shoes.  We asked more about Uganda, eager to hear of our brothers and sisters there.  He told us of their desperate desire for Bibles.  “Before I came,” he said, “The pastors said ‘Do not forget to bring us back Bibles!'”

I jumped up. “Oh! I forgot! We have a whole shelf full of Bibles I was going to bring out.”

Stephen disappeared into the bedroom again and came back with a stack of Bibles.  Richmond’s face was shining, and our hearts were overflowing.  What a wonderful thing to be able to give out of our abundance to God’s people who are in need!  Can you imagine people begging for Bibles?? If you are reading this and you have extra Bibles in your home, please let us know so we can get them to Uganda for these pastors!  (He said their favorite translation is NIV, but anything is better than nothing!).

It’s almost 10 now, and much of our stuff is gone.  We’ll figure out what to do with the rest of it later.  Right now, I’m just basking in God’s goodness to send Richmond to us to take our excess and bless His children.  God is good!


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mom on April 7, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    This is wonderful! I am so excited! God is so good!! How He does answer prayer in such unexpected ways!!

    Just one question–how will Richmond get all of your “stuff” to Uganda? Will that be a burden for him? Just wondered if you talked about that with him.

    Hmm.. maybe I can do some downsizing too….


  2. Posted by ashleynicolewillcox on April 7, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Mama, Yep, we are giving him the $ he needs to mail it:-)


  3. Posted by MarySue on April 13, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    We have Bibles! Just tell us how to get them to you!


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