One Family's Unexpected Mission

I have discovered my own personal key to faith. It's what people once said I couldn't do.

By Marty Via, Waycross, Georgia

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The next few weeks I went from church to church explaining what I planned to do. At first I felt shy about telling our strange story, but folks were supportive. Soon, we had a tiny storefront downtown. The first day we opened shop, we had nothing but a telephone, not even a sign on the door. "Have you ever heard of a benevolence mission with nothing to give away?" I asked. "The Lord brought us this far," Dale said. "I have a feeling he'll provide."

Sure enough, it wasn't long before a woman appeared at the door carrying a sack of clothes. "My kids have outgrown these," she said. "Y'all are welcome to 'em." We thanked her, and hadn't even had time to unpack them when another woman came in, two kids trailing her. The clothes fit them perfectly.

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That was the beginning of Brighter Days Ministry, and we've grown quite a bit over the years. Sure, there are still tough moments, and sure, I still worry sometimes. But I have discovered my own personal key to faith. It's what people once said I couldn't do. I listen.