Another Day in the Life of Margie Randall: August 16, 2014
UBA Missionary to the City
Serving refuges in southwest Houston
To volunteer, contact Margie by email.
"The day began at 7 am with a short stop at the Crosby Wal Mart to pick up a water cooler before the drive to SW Houston," begins Missionary Margie Randall as she writes about the blessings and challenges of providng backpacks to the children in the apartments as they just keep coming. Celebrate with Margie our God who provides:
'Something' prompted me to to pick up some extra school supplies, knowing that in a few weeks, the cheap prices would be gone. I expected that as the "news got out" (backpacks went home), children from other countries at St. Cloud would come. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED AT ALL.
Grace Fellowship did an excellent job of BACK PACK preparation. Janet organized a group to pack and pray over each back pack. A child's name was assigned to it and we worked from a list. WE WERE ORGANIZED. The problem was that God had other plans. When I arrived, I was told by one of the youth that there was someone giving out back packs at Los Arcos apartments and the children were invited there. Many planned to go. So, those kids who were going to Los Arcos were deleted from our list and the fun began.
Each child was called in, given a back pack, had a picture taken, and was measured for a future new winter coat to come in December. As that continued on, the African children started coming. We had prepared some extra supplies in advance for them with extra back packs donated on Friday. About 50 children were served totally and then classes began so we closed our donation doors.
I actually had some time to talk to the wonderful people from Grace and we enjoyed some brunch together. Then, they left and the storm hit again. About 20 more children came wanting back packs. Some were Bhutanese, some were African, and some were Hispanic. I discovered that as the "news" got out, the leasing office told anyone who wanted a back pack to go to apartment 435. Wow! It really was Loaves & Fishes time. I had prayed on the way to the apartment this morning for Jesus to bless us and help us to multiply everything because I never know what is going to happen, but I did not expect to have to give a back pack to every child at St. Cloud apartments.
Naina and I were exhausted. We were cleaning up the apartment and telling the kids to come back on Tuesday. I thought 'maybe I have time to shop for more supplies.'
At 5 pm, I was more than ready to go home, but I found some Bhutanese youth outside who were causing trouble so I went to talk to them. Just at that moment, I saw Mrs. M., the principal at Las Americas middle school, and some of the Bhutanese youth carrying some big boxes. Someone had provided box lunches for their school program and they had hundreds left over. Mrs. M. did not want to just throw them away, so we said we would help distribute them. With the help of the youth and Naina, we brought a table out of the classroom and started giving out the box lunches to anyone who would take them (my refrigerator does not work well and it could not hold hundreds of box lunches). By 6 pm the lunches were all gone!
However, before Mrs. M. left, I asked her boldly if she had any back packs left over and to my surprise, she said she did!!! (BTW, Mrs. M. was already one of my favorite people). She had 60 back packs. I was almost in tears when she said I could have them. What she had took care of almost everyone at St. Cloud. Only a handful are left to receive back packs but they go to Jane Long or Lee High and need the see through back packs. On Tuesday, we will finish up with what supplies are left and that will be it.....until.
Thank you for praying for this ministry and for reading all of this!!
Margie Randall 281-733-3921 www.4loavesfishes.org
"Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and will be repaid in full" Proverbs 19:18
Margie can always use an extra volunteer or two. If you'd like to help, contact her by email.