|Windstar at Russell & Smith Ford in Houston...|
|Russel & Smith where we got the difficult news about our Windstar...|
Our return was on Megabus. Really a great way to travel which we would recommend to anyone.
So we began a search for a new car and soon became the owners of a 2011 Toyota Sienna minivan. We are thankful for its upgrades and comfort compared to our "Senior Years" Windstar though we have loved our "faithful friend".
Knowing that the Windstar had some value, we began to plan what to do with it. Fortunately, Russell & Smith allowed us to leave it at their business for up to 30 days at no charge.
A neighbor encouraged us to list the van on Craigs List. He happened to be in Houston, went by Russell & Smith, took photos and advised the creation of a listing. That listing generated a few calls but none that seemed viable or worthy. We also began a search for a ministry to which we could donate the vehicle.
|John with Sylvia and others at the Pregnancy Center...|
We arrived there about 3:30 PM on the 8th and they were delighted and gracious. After our contact with them, Sylvia had called a member of her board who owns a Houston car dealership and he had said, "Yes, take it. I can repair it for your use or sell it at auction for at least $700.00!" Our hearts soared as we heard these words - another reason for trusting that God was answering our prayers for guidance and wisdom.
|John and Sylvia were both ready for the necessary paperwork.|
|And Sylvia gathered her staff with us for a prayer of heartfelt gratitude...|
|One last item...|
|"Windstar, meet Sienna."|
As we drove away yesterday after the title and keys were turned over to Sylvia, John said,
This morning as we read the Daily Reflection of The High Calling based on Ephesians 3:16, this paragraph underscored the rightness of our decision in our current car journey."I feel really good about this." And I wholeheartedly agreed.
"When we draw strength from the indwelling Spirit, we find peace and confidence that exceed our own capabilities. We find compassion to love those who are otherwise unlovable. We find strength to serve, love, and sacrifice in ways that imitate Jesus himself. The Spirit of God empowers us to minister in the church and the world—wherever we are—in amazing ways, so that God's purposes might be advanced through us." Mark D. Roberts