This picture represents MANY answered prayers! I have spent hours upon hours the last couple of weeks researching local privately owned businesses to send Business Sponsor Request Letters to in order to invite them to join our son’s “team” by making a Tax Deductible donation for Andrew’s medical treatments and promising them advertising in return. Local businesses because then I wouldn’t hear the “It has to go through the Corporate office” response…and because the “free advertising” might actually mean something to them. Plus, most business owners want to support people and organizations in their own communities.
I stopped counting at 100 letters that went out, but it was over 100 for sure. Before I sent out each pile, I prayed over them. The prayers went something like this…
“Father God, please let at least ONE of these letters MATTER for Andrew. If this is Your will, please use this avenue to bring the much needed money for Andrew’s medical treatments. You know how much we still need, Lord, and it is a lot. I have NO idea where that money is coming from, but I know if it is Your will, that You do.
Lord, the desire of my heart is that you bring this blessing SOON. I would so love to NOT have to go to the car show every Saturday in April to sell raffle tickets and take donations for Andrew’s treatments. I would love time to REST in your provision and instead of having to dedicate every moment possible for the next 2 months to raising this money for Andrew’s treatments, that I could use the time to focus on my family and the many neglected things at our home. I KNOW you will provide this money, as you have in years past, if this is Your plan…but I am also asking that you bring it earlier this year, so I can rest. Thank you for the countless blessings that you bring to us through many wonderful people. Amen.”
So the Lord plays a “confirmation song” for me to let me know that He hears me and He has things under control. When I am praying hard about something, this particular song comes on the radio right when I need to hear it — right before or after an event that has been the focus of my fervent prayers…or right after my prayers themselves. I know that sounds a little “out there”, but it’s true and it has been happening for years. I listen to Christian radio mostly, not CD’s, so I have no control over what song comes on when. Within a very short time of praying this prayer over the Business Sponsor Request Letters these last couple of weeks, THE SONG has come on the radio each time! I kid you not!
The song in question has been out for many years now. It is not one that is on the current popular loop on K-LOVE Radio (station I listen to)…and it has come on very frequently after my prayers about this need. The song is “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe Music
Thus far…ONE of those letters has garnered a response. I was contacted by a company representative asking me how much we still needed of the $13,000 that was needed when the letter was drafted. I told her, “Well, we still need $12,640 for his treatments in California…but who is counting?! :) Please let the owner know that ANY dollars toward that amount would be incredibly helpful.”
Today I met with the owner of that company, Precision Air and Heating in Chandler, AZ. We are strangers to him. He just read my letter and felt “tugged”, as he said, to help. He met with me for quite awhile and wanted to know more about Andrew and his journey. At the end, he presented me with an envelope and told me he was as blessed to help us as we were to receive the help.
After I left, I pulled into the parking lot of nearby business to open the envelope (because I did not want to open the envelope in their parking lot :) ) and the check was written for exactly what I told his staff member we still needed… $12,640. Praise God!
I placed the check on my lap in the car to take a picture…so I could send it to the head of the Cerebral Palsy Hope Foundation (organization accepting donations for Andrew’s medical treatments, which makes the donations tax deductible) to excitedly show him what I will be dropping off to him for Andrew. I realized after I looked at the picture that the shadow of the cross that hangs on my rear view mirror in my car was right there next to the check amount. I cried and laughed out loud at the same time! I said, “Thank you, Jesus! Yes, I realize who provided this blessing (YOU!).”
When I ask you to pray…it is because I firmly believe that PRAYER MATTERS. If you need an example…here it is. Actually, you can choose any place in this journey to wellness with our son and I will show you how the Lord orchestrated many blessings to make things happen for Andrew and our family…the biggest of which is Andrew’s significant HEALING and progress!
We still have a bit of money to raise, because I did not tell them that 10% of the donation goes to the foundation (which is awesome because it helps other well deserving warrior kiddos who also have cerebral palsy) and I did not include the amount needed for the additional intensive therapy that Andrew will do here in AZ this summer when we return from his treatment trip to CA. Any donations that come in at this point will go toward that amount (currently $1,498 — but who is counting?! ;) ). If we are blessed to receive more than that, any additional donations will go toward the $900 per month that we pay out of pocket for Andrew’s local care. Businesses will still be featured and promoted via Facebook and our blog as promised.
Please continue to pray that more of those 100 letters will be answered favorably by other businesses. Our lives would be so much easier — especially MINE, since I am the “family fundraiser” — if this fundraising effort brought in enough to NOT have to do continued fundraising for Andrew’s local care for awhile. I can’t tell you what a blessing that would be…what a significant weight that would lift off of our daily lives!
THANK YOU ALL who pray for, encourage and support our son and family in many wonderful ways. When you see Andrew’s HUGE IMPROVEMENTS…remind yourselves… “Hey! I had an important role in Andrew’s healing!” … because you did!
P.S. There will be no raffle in April after all …and I will not be at the car show! Praise God!
P.P.S. For anyone reading this who would like more info on our son’s inspiring journey to wellness, please go to the following link: https://prayforandrew.wordpress.com/our-story/
Final thought…I did not have the radio on when I was taking this picture, but I should have, because I am pretty positive that I know what song would have been playing! ;)