What led to our circumstances
I had just started a job working 60 hours week. Although the hours were long the work was promising. However, they have a very strict attendance policy that was to my undoing. I had to take time off to take my wife to the hospital within the first week of starting due to complications she was having from a surgery she had over a year ago. Then one week later I had to take time off again because she relapsed. I had called in letting them know of the circumstances. Nonetheless, they said they had to let me go because I missed 2 days within my first 30 days.
The consequences and our pridicament
We came to Chino Valley, Arizona to answer my calling to preach and finish my training for a Pastoral Degree. There is no doubt in our minds that this is where the Lord wants us. We know that this is just a testing and trial of our faith and trust that God will get us through this. Many times, we have to go through trials like this so that we can be a testimony to others and to be able to help others that are, and will be, going through tribulations like ours. The hardest, but most rewarding, part in being a Christian is learning to put our total and complete trust in the Lord. Jesus said that we would suffer tribulation in this world; but, he also said that he would never leave, nor forsake us. We are putting our complete trust and faith in what the Lord said in the Bible and believe that he will provide for our needs. My wife and I were already struggling to make ends meet when I lost my job. She was looking for work as well, but as you all know, the job market is very tough. We were behind on rent, and with losing my job, we were evicted at the end of August. On top of that, we lost our car to repossession because we could no longer make the payments. So, we are now staying in a room (in a single wide trailer) with some friends from our church (thank God for that or we would be on the streets), all of our belongings are in a storage shed, and we are without any kind of transportation. Our friends are generous and allow us to use their vehicles, but - as you can imagine, this is a very big strain on them and us.
We are trying to raise funds to buy a used, economical car. The obvious reasons: to look for work, go to interviews, go to appointments, etc... without having to be such a burden to our friends who are helping us out so much already. We are not looking for a brand new car. We just want to have a vehicle that gets good gas mileage and is dependable.
We know we are not the only ones going through this and there are so many other people out there in the same predicament. We pray, and hope, that some day we will be able to help those in our situation as well. We are definitely learning what it is like to be on the other side of needing help.
May the Lord bless all of you who can help us bountifully!
David and Tara Henderson