I know God answers prayers!
Thank you Jesus!
And Thanks to those who have given, and reached the goal in just 4 days! Bless you!
Let me tell you about my friends.
They have lost a lot lately, and I pray that we can help them keep their home.
Sometimes, in this world, you will meet a person, and instantly take a liking to them. The Mercado family, Jay, Jenn, and their 2 young daughters, (8 & 11) are a whole family that you instantly like. They are always encouraging and lifting others up. Always there with a loving, kind word & a prayer. But they have been beaten down lately, and need some of that lifting themselves.
They live in the Hurst, Euless, Bedford, (H.E.B.), area of the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex. For awhile now, they have owned, and run the Thrifty Pirate thrift mall in Hurst. That is, up until this week, when they were backed into a corner, and forced to close. It was the only place that I have ever seen where the owners truly cared that their vendors made money. They used the store itself to lift the community. Hosting Free movies on Friday nights just to give folks a free place to go. They also hosted, Free open mic hip hop nights to give kids a safe place to be.
Anyone who ever walked in the door was greeted with a big smile, & warm welcome, and probably a hug.
Jay, Jenn, and the "Pirate Sisters", have tirelessly promoted the city, various events, other people's small businesses in H.E.B. The girls have even run lemonade stands to help out. Just last week, someone called, and wanted to do an "event" for an older couple in the neighborhood who needed food. The couple didn't need an 'event" in a week or two. They need food now! Jay & Jenn got busy, and soon had bags & bags of groceries. Delivered them on their way home. Turns out that it was an old customer. Her husband is on home hospice care. They were stressed & isolated. They needed someone who cared, and with the Mercado"s that is what they got!
When they started their store, the strip mall was dead. Lots of empty stores. It had been like that for years. They brought a new attitude, a vitality that draws people in. Now the place is almost full, with New stores moving in. They threw EVENTS, parking lot events that were so successful, that the city "borrowed" the general idea, and spent tons of tax money hiring a Dallas company to do similar pop-up. Not nearly as successful. They should have asked the people who actually cared about the community, and have been pouring their heart & souls into it. Several months ago, a bigger thrift store moved in 3 doors down. Half of their income was gone overnight.
Not sure of all of the details, but I know that they went to the city and to their landlord for help. The strip mall "management" only cared about the new $'s moving in, but not for the people who made that happen for them.
The only real point for me is that I don't want to see my friends lose their home, so I came here to ask help of fellow believers.
if you feel led to contribute, then God Bless You!
I pray that you will receive it back ten fold.
And if you don't feel led, then God Bless you as well with health, happiness, & love, and eyes to see where, and from whom those blessings come
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
God Bless you!