I volunteer with a ministry called Women Supporting Women (WSW). It is a local ministry in Weston, Florida with a small following compared to other larger and more established ministries. However, the work that this ministry does is no small thing.
Personally, I make a monthly contribution because I know the money is used to help women in need. This ministry is not set up to pay for frills. This ministry provides for the needs of women. I will share a recent story with you, and show you how God showed up for a family in a matter of a couple of days. (If you visit their website you will see videos and photos of the people they have helped locally, in the Bahamas and in Cuba.)
Last week, the ministry learned of a family that recently arrived from Venezuela. The woman, we will call her Rose (in her 30s) has MS and is wheelchair bound. She has a baby girl under a year old. The woman’s husband, we will call him Carl works construction and another side job seven days a week to provide for his family. They are not on any government assistance programs. Only services provided by the MS Foundation, assistance provided by friends and family and now by the WSW Ministry. They came here via a medical hardship visa allowing them to stay for 2-5 years depending on the progress of the treatment.
Rose is currently undergoing a new experimental treatment with a 70% improvement rate. Below are some of the photos we took when we visited the family to assess the needs. As you can see, the apartment is empty. They are sleeping on a borrowed frameless mattress which makes getting out of bed and into the wheelchair very difficult for Rose. Her mother who sleeps on the mat is here until April 25 to help her daughter. However, the mother must return to Venezuela despite her own challenges, physical ailments, and deforming arthritis.
When we arrived at the apartment, her refrigerator was almost empty. They didn’t even have a garbage can and minimal hygiene essentials. Although getting the family a proper bed was essential getting them food was our first priority.
The ministry leapt into action and headed to Walmart to purchase the essentials. In two hours the ministry provided two shopping carts filled with items (almost 400 dollars worth.)
Next, we discussed the need for a bed with a frame so that Rose would not need to struggle to get out of bed and into her wheelchair. The ministry didn’t have any bedroom items at the moment. Prior to leaving the apartment we formed a prayer circle and asked God to provide for this family and their most urgent necessities.
Later that afternoon, the ministry leader received a call from someone who asked if they would could use a bedroom set. The caller explained that they had listed it on social media for sale, but no one was buying it and they needed to get rid of it. They wanted to donate it and heard about the ministry through a friend. This afternoon we are delivering this set to Rose and her family. This family went from having nothing to God blessing them with all their immediate needs.
The family does have additional needs, however. Rose could use an electric wheelchair so that she can get out of the apartment. She is a prisoner in her home with her current wheelchair. She is a journalist and would love a job (writing for a Spanish publication.) I know in my heart that will come. We are currently trying to find someone who may have an electric wheelchair for the ministry. Given what I saw yesterday, I have no doubt this will come through.
In Christ all things are possible. When you least expect it, when life seems unbearable, when you think there is no hope. God shows up. God uses us to help those in need. We cannot count on government, they provide nothing but short-term fixes, despair and poverty. But when God shows up, there is no end to the provision He supplies. He uses us to bring hope to those in need. The next time you feel an urge to help someone, to say a kind word, to give up something you don’t want or use, to put money in an extended hand, or to pray for someone, don’t ignore that urge. That is God calling on you to serve.