Imagine – you just celebrated 15 years of marriage along with 6 little blessings from the Lord. Despite the rough economy, you’re doing okay. Your wife resigns from her job to follow her dream of going to nursing school. You put down the $5,000 you saved on a late model car.
Then – imagine losing your job. Thankfully, early retirement money saves you – for a few months – while you both look for new jobs. Your wife’s nursing school is on hold. Unfortunately, the car and rent payments don’t have a hold button. The bank gets the late model car while you replace it with a 1992 Ford Tempo that came with a custom oil leak, transmission leak, and fuel leak.
And rent? Well, moving day arrived too soon with limited options. But praise God for a caring father who opened his two bedroom apartment for your 8 member family to live. Having a place to live in a time of need is a blessing. The seven months of living with your father in another city goes by slowly at times as you struggle to provide for your family.
Finally, after both finding full-time jobs – your wife with two – God provides a new rental home. The home owner was willing to work with you to get your family into the home. Yet, the rent and security deposit took all the money you had so you are not able to get the natural gas turned on. That is, you have no hot water!
However, you don’t need the daily cold showers to remind you of your other needs. While you get back on your feet basic home items like food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc. are needed.
Through all of these crushing waves of life you thank God for His goodness and how these trials have brought your family closer. And at the same time you realize it’s time to wipe off that last bit of pride and ask for help from your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Now – stop imaging and meet Shawn and Tamika Scott – that is their story.
Shawn and Tamika need help, but their story doesn’t stop there. God also brought them through a theological journey during this time. When the Scotts needed financial help they turned to their church. When the Scotts turned to their church they found out they were under God’s curse.
Their pastor told them that since they did not give 10% of their gross income to the church they were under God’s curse and not worthy of financial support. The Scotts were eventually told to find another church.
The pastor’s reactions to the Scott’s needs was like a loud morning alarm that was set an hour too late. While this did not seem like the best timing, God’s schedule coincide with our own. Shawn began studying about tithing sorting out how God saves us by grace, yet puts us under a curse for falling short of giving 10% of our gross.
Shawn began studying theology on his own. He turned to theologians and preachers from John Calvin and Charles Spurgeon to Paul Washer, John Piper, and John MacArthur, etc. As the scales fell off, he began to clearly see and move away from practices such as throwing money on the altar on Sunday morning. He would soon renounce the dualistic teaching of Christ’s nature, false speaking in tongues, being slain in the spirit, and similar practices in his now former church.
God opened Shawn’s eyes. He is truly free in Christ and has been leading his family along the journey.
The Scotts have a new home and are looking for a new church home in Charlotte, NC. While they are not part of a local Body of Christ at the moment they are part of the universal Body. I offered to tell their story to see who might be willing and able to help the Scott family during their time of need.
Shawn tells me they are actively looking for a new church home using sources such as the 9Marks church directory. Let’s pray for a new local church for them and pray considering how you may be able to help them.
They have an Amazon registry set-up where items can be purchased and sent directly to them. If you would like to help, yet cannot afford the items, I suggest an Amazon gift card. I have suggested to Shawn that he set-up a PayPal account in case people would like to send monetary and/or smaller donations. In the meantime, you can use my support link and I’ll make sure they receive your donation.
Please pray and consider helping Shawn and Tamika.
p.s. Whenever I think about reaching out through the Christian blogosphere, I remember years ago when many Christian bloggers were able to raise money to buy a small-church pastor a used mini-van. Well, we do serve a God who parted the Red Sea and raised His Son from the dead, but the mini-van story still blows my mind.
p.p.s. After talking with Shawn last night, I realized that my post barely touched the depth of their need. I won’t go into details, but as a husband and father I cannot imagine what it feels like for your family to go hungry.