Free Stuff on a Mission

Well one of my goals this week was to meet all the neighbors in the court. I do find it a little discouraging that no one has come over to introduce themselves in the 3 weeks we have been here. But I also believe that this house was given to us by the Lord, which means so were our neighbors. I moved into a subdivision because I want to build relationships with people. I loved my slice of country in Washington where I had land, a garden, apple trees, gorgeous sunsets, chirping of crickets at night, coyote howls, a view of Mt. Hood. Ahhhh!

Ok I am back. I was just reminiscing for a minute. However, I believe as a Christian that God has a purpose and plan for my life. I believe He wanted me to forego my isolated country life so that I could share my faith with those neighbors around me. As a pastor’s wife, I don’t feel like I have tons of opportunities to build relationships with people outside of the church. My little neighborhood is one way I can have a little mission field.

So I met Neighbor #1 and Neighbor #2. N#1 is a 24 year old mom of two whose husband is a truck driver. He drives back and forth to California picking up produce and delivering it to the Midwest for Kroger. He is gone a week at a time. She is a California transplant who misses her family so much and is dying to get back there. She doesn’t seem to have many relationships here and invited me to come over “anytime because she gets awfully bored and loney.” N#2 has 4 kids ranging in age from 16 – 6, she also does daycare. After talking to her for a while she told me her two boys won a trip to NYC for a weekend through the school. She is probably in her late 30s and has never been on a plane. What!? I was floored. So she was packing up her boys and flying to NYC for a few days and she was so nervous and excited.

So after I met N#1 and #2 I was excited to start getting to know these ladies and start loving them and meeting practical needs. So I was trying to think of ways to start ministering to them. As I was laying in bed at night praying and thinking it came to me. For those of you who know me well you know I am the queen of cheap. I love free stuff. I actually have a sick obsession with free stuff. I have so much free stuff I will never use. I actually have a “free box” that I throw all the free stuff in that I don’t want and when my friends come over they raid it. And I have enough free samples of beauty products I could probably travel every day this year and not need to replenish. So I went through my box of free samples and got some travel size toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, deoderant, mouthwash, hairspray, etc. and put it in a little gift bag with a little note. I knocked on N#2’s door and said, “Hey I just wanted to wish you happy travels and I put together a little something for you.” She was overwhelmed and kind of amazed. I made it short and sweet and told her was no big deal and that I was excited for her to take her first plane ride and that I was looking forward to seeing her pictures from her trip. So I am hoping my free samples will open a door to discovering her story and getting to know her. Who knows… free stuff has been known to have crazy affects on people. It does me.