Last week I shared about the financial crisis that started our journey through homelessness. Today I want so share the next part of our journey where I found myself with a move out date, two kids and nowhere to go.
I spent all summer long trying to prevent being evicted from our rental house. I tried to figure out how to stay in school. I racked my brain trying to figure out how to find a job and afford child care. Things just didn’t seem to work out for me. I took a loan out on my life insurance policy to cover the bills in June but it wasn’t enough to pay the May and June Rent. I was supposed to get a big back child support payment but it didn’t come when I was told it would.
I tried going around to the social service offices in my area for help. I went to a family homeless prevention program and was told that I didn’t have enough money to qualify for help. They said to come back when I had some steady income and was able to prove that I wouldn’t be in the same situation a month after they helped me out. There’s more to that story that I’m not going to share. I will tell you that I went back when I had some steady income and was then told that I had too much money to qualify for help.
It seemed that everywhere I went there was no help available for us. I was scared, angry, frustrated and depressed. I prayed and cried out to God but it felt like He’d turned His back on me. And just when I thought that I couldn’t take anything else, my beloved Pastor and spiritual father passed away. My heart was broken and I felt like the world was crushing me.
But then a miracle happened. A blogging friend shared that post and the encouragement and prayers started pouring in. For weeks I received support and love and emails from women all over. A few readers blessed us with some money to help us out. It was not enough to keep us in our rental home or enough to get us into a new place. But it was exactly what I needed.
That money helped cover our moving expenses and kept gas in the car for weeks while I drove around looking for help and house hunting. But it was so much more than that. You see I had been asking around to see if anyone would let us stay with them while I waited for money and a place to live. Everyone in my family said no. A few friends said yes but I knew it wasn’t a situation that would work well for us. I had started to feel like no one cared about us. But with that post God showed me what agape love and fellowship was all about.
I felt like God was being silent, that He wasn’t answering my prayers. But He was. He sent me several angels and blessings that I wasn’t looking for. The day came when it was time for us to be out of the house and it was a lot of work. Everything that could go wrong did. And as we packed I still had no idea where we would sleep that night.
Come back next week to read how God provided us with a temporary home.
For more testimonies and encouragement during financial hardships check out Overwhelmed: Hope and Help for the Financially Weary. This series has been expanded and is included with 8 other stories from other woman that have walked through hard times.