Monday, September 20, 2010

A Pipe Dream

We are seeing both good progress and minimal progress in getting the clothing pantry in Aguilar up and running.

Many hands make light work"- that was so true the Saturday we painted the inside of the building! Several from our fellowship and Pastor Dan from Colorado City came out to help spruce up the inside. My, it is amazing what a little paint will do!!

Always good to see someone on his knees! (Pastor Dan Carlson)

Ken was a paint rolling machine!! Blue and pink were old colors-
Custom mixed (Ken and Bill hand mixing ) flat white paint that was graciously donated and
a variety of oops paint colors made a beautiful golden tan -
Mary was holding her breath till it got on the walls as it looked not so good in the buckets!

We are being blessed with a good amount of clothing donations, and are ready to start sorting. The one big hold up is racks to hang the clothing on. Clothing racks seem to be hard to come by so we have decided that we would just make some racks out of pipe. I have checked out the price of black pipe to construct 5' long racks double decked. The materials to build 1 (one) rack will cost $108.00. I am sure that you have figured out pretty quickly that that is waaaayyyyyyy out of our reach financially at this point.

My next thought was maybe, just maybe some of you would know where there is some pipe laying around that needs a new home and purpose. I have wire brushes so the condition of the pipe doesn't have to be new, although new is good. Any heavy duty clothing racks that you have laying around in your garage will do too!! :)

I suppose my biggest dilemma here is that I feel that the majority of any money that comes in should go to buying food for the people of this town. Yet there is a need to provide good clothing for them also.

So here I am before Father God and you seeking wisdom and input in this time and with these 2 needs. We appreciate every one of you so much!

Other Prayer Requests

In my last email we asked you to pray for Peggy, who had had 2 strokes. On Friday Peggy passed from this life. Our prayer was that during this time the Spirit ministered to her spirit to bring her to a place of assurance of salvation beyond the religious teaching she was familiar with. Please continue to pray for her family.

Would you also pray for Pastor Al Dagel. He has a blood infection that the doctors have not figured out as yet. We were blessed this last Sunday to be able to fill in for him at Grace Community Bible Church in Pueblo. We always enjoy being with this church.


Bill & Mary

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Aguilar is not a very big town but there are some very big needs there.

Last Friday our desire was to make a little difference in the need for food, in some homes, at the end of the month. For many it gets pretty skimpy at that time of the month. The new food pantry in Aguilar gave out 51 boxes/bags of food to help feed about 135 people. When I placed the order for the food I was thinking we would be able to do about 25 -30 boxes.

Charlie and Ken getting boxes ready

I wasn't intentionally thinking small. It was that another food pantry in Walsenburg was paying for the food this time to help us get started. Simply stated we were pretty amazed at what took place.This all happened in a little over 1 hour. It went very well and God has given us some ideas on how to do it a little different. The changes will allow us to spend a little more time with the people, getting to know them and to speak and live the Gospel out before them.

We are in the process of painting the inside of our building and hope to create a warm and comfortable environment for those who come next month. The next painting day will be Sept.11. If you are available and would like to help we have a brush just for you. Just give me a call if you can help.

One of our desires is to have some food that will be available at anytime of the month for emergency needs, as well as having a good supply for the once a month distribution. We are open to donations of staple foods,canned goods,etc. We have no refrigeration facility. Also financial donations will allow us to purchase food from Care and Share at very very low prices. A lot can be purchased from them for very little. Checks can be made out to "Unspeakable Gift Fellowship" (yes our we finally have a name! Many called us the No name church in Aguilar )and sent to 137 W. First St. Walsenburg,CO 81089.

Peggy, one of the precious women of Aguilar that we have been working with, had a stroke Saturday. We visited her in the hospital,in Pueblo, on Monday evening. The hospital released her on Tuesday and before she made it home she had another stroke. She was flown to Denver and at this time is still not able to talk or understand commands. Please be praying for her and her family.

Bill and Mary