AN ANSWER TO A STRANGER’S PRAYER
When Floyd and his wife began looking for a house, they had no idea they would be an answer to a Tijuana security guard’s prayer. As newlyweds, Floyd and Laura had a hard time finding affordable housing in San Diego. They ventured across the border to look at rentals in a Tijuana complex and when the security guard asked if they would be renting there, Floyd responded that they would pray about it. The guard’s eyes lit up. “Ah…you are Christians! I have been praying for help to come to a little church a few blocks from here. The people have so little and there are no Christmas toys for any of the children in the Mission,” he said. Floyd had volunteered in the past with children’s ministries and saw this as a confirmation of where God wanted to plant him. Floyd put out a call to friends and family, including his mom, Martha, and Violet, a volunteer at the Rock Church Thrift Store.
“It only took a couple of days to get the approval to adopt the church, El Alfarero Mission, for Christmas…and then a group of volunteers at the thrift store sprang into action!”
In addition to items donated by the Rock Church Thrift Store, the families and friends of the volunteers brought in toys, clothes and shoes. “In one week, we collected over 160 toys, clothes and shoes for the children,” said Violet. The volunteers spent several evenings sorting and wrapping presents and then, on December 23, a group of five women met Floyd, loaded up his truck, and drove to the church.
“The church is located about one-half hour from the border,” said Violet. “We were welcomed by Pastor Samuel Ramirez and his wife. The church was a small oasis in the middle of extreme poverty and we felt the presence of the Lord as we attended the Christmas service. The pastor reminded us that Jesus was born in a similar little place with very humble beginnings. One by one, people got up out of their folding chairs to come to the front of the congregation and thank the Lord for all their blessings. As the service concluded, the pastor presented each family with toys and clothing for their children…the joy and gratitude was overwhelming.”
The volunteers of the Rock Church Thrift Store plan to build an on-going relationship with this church in the future.