A few weeks ago, the C.A.R.S. ministry received a phone call from a distressed mother living approximately an hour from Willow Creek. A few days before calling, she and her husband had separated, leaving her as a single mother to four girls between the ages of two and fourteen. At the time of the separation, her husband took their only vehicle and she was left without transportation to get her to her job in the city.
A friend offered the use of a car, but the brakes were unsafe and it had failed emissions testing. She was desperate to make the car safe, but her finances were tight, so she called the C.A.R.S. Ministry. C.A.R.S. was able to contact a local high school near her home and make arrangements for her to take the car to the school’s auto repair training shop. Students, who rely on cars in need of repair in order to learn auto mechanics, would be able to fix her car if she paid for the parts.
“I am writing to let you know how much I appreciated your assistance. Somehow I feel you gave me a boost of good blessings,” said this mother in a follow-up letter to C.A.R.S. After C.A.R.S. connected her with the high school, she had to postpone the repairs in order to save enough to pay for the parts. Two of her co-workers overheard her dilemma and offered to pay to have her car repaired by a local mechanic. It is now fixed. The co-workers even purchased the necessary emissions sticker and paid for the penalties associated with the delinquency in complying with state laws regarding vehicle emissions. “You opened doors for me and my family,” she said. “I want to start taking my daughters to church. It’s a value I’ve been unable to offer my girls until now.”