To the Missionary Chapel and Seminary Church
I just need one prayer answered, and maybe some positive advice, and guidance from your establishment. Hopefully it's not to much to ask since I haven't been to church in some time, and hoping I can be forgiven for that, sorry.
Foremost, I'd like you to know that others and my family come before I do. It's very important to me that a prayer will serve their needs first instead of just myself. I'm also willing to make any sacrifice for their cause that will make a difference, so any suggestions would be appreciated.
Even though I pray for other people all the time, I do feel a little guilty, and ashamed asking for a prayer, as there are so many people that need their prayers answered first. I just don't want to see my family suffer anymore than they already have because of my lack of contributions.
I'd also like to point out that my family and I are very grateful for everything that we do have, rather than what we don't have, and we're so thankful, and blessed that we have God that unconditionally loves us like he does. There isn't a word to describe more than unconditional love or I would use that instead.
I also want to let you know that I'm not trying to tell a sorrowful story, or trying to make anyone feel pity for the things I'm about to write. I'm just being true with my heart in letting you know why I am requesting a prayer. Please understand and consider my request. Thank you so much.
My prayer request is:
" That God will help guide me in the right direction and help me figure out solutions to the extreme hardships that my family and I are going through in our times of need ".
Before I begin, please excuse my typing errors, grammar, spelling, etc, as I have trouble with my dexterity so I have to type with one finger. Also if the content is confusing to read or mixed up, it's because I have to get up from the computer every 5 or 10 minutes and come back and start again because of a pain related back, neck, shoulder, and knee problem. It's very hard for me to concentrate, so I'll make it as easy to read for you as possible. I do have to laugh at myself, because it may take me a few days to complete this short letter. Thanks for understanding.
The main circumstances are that I am unable to work because of multiple health issues that require some surgeries, so it's just physically making it impossible to provide for my family in that way.
With that said, the results have been devastating. We are one step behind foreclosure on our home, unable to pay our electricity bill, unable to pay our next insurance and registration renewal, and a inability to pay for all my needed doctors appointments and eye care.
Other things include not being able to buy basic necessities like water, personal hygiene products, prescription and over the counter medications, cleaning products, gas for our vehicles, clothing, shoes, phone bill, and regular pet food for out two small dogs, etc.
Our only income, and what we have done to help our situation :
My wife works part time and earns $800.00 per month. I don't have any income at all.
I applied for food assistance and medicaid, it's now under review, and was told the medicaid will take months. I applied for Social Security Disability and SSI, was informed that will take months and or years to get approved.
I was approved by the Health Department, however we can't afford the payments for the doctors visits, lab work, spine and nerve specialist, orthopedic specialist, MRI's, x-rays, medications, dental, eye care, and a ear, eyes and nose specialist.
I applied for cash assistance to help pay our two months behind electricity bill, we were given a extension and they may be able to pay the bill one time, it's under review now.
I filed a health claim with the United States Government, because I was informed that I was exposed to chemical weapons, and radiation while I served in the Army at Ft. McClellan Alabama, that will take years for any compensation.
We have had three yard sales in 3 weeks, all three, the total was $ 56.00. I think they failed because of the extreme heat and rain.
I've had things posted for 4 weeks on Craigslist, Letgo, and Offer-up, but haven't sold anything yet, and that's even though I lowered the price to less than 35% percent of its used value.
We have taken three Comcast t.v. boxes back, and now use a antenna that plugs on the back of the t.v. We still need our internet to use for paying bills, communication with government resources, and filling out job applications, etc.
We have minimized our electric bill as far as we possibly can, by keeping lights and fans shut off, keeping the thermostat set to 78 degrees, doing less laundry, hanging clothes up to dry if it isn't raining, etc.
We are only driving to places that are necessary like : My wife driving to work, food and cash assistance appointments, and the food pantries.
We took our wedding bands and my guitar to the pawn shop to sell or pawn. My wife started crying when they told us they would only give us $30 dollars for the both of them, and they only buy them for the gold, so we kept them.
With my guitar, even though it's a very well known expensive brand " Alvarez ", the man could not find the model on the internet, and told me he wouldn't buy it for two dollars. He said there was something shady about it.
This was a case of " the man clearly doesn't know about instruments, or he was just bias towards me. " In any case " May God bless him, and may God help him.
Some other things we are doing- Been going to the Salvation Army food pantry for the past few months. They give us a few cans of canned food, rice, beans, and a few packages of meat protein.
We only can go there once per month, and it's only enough food to last 4 days if that, we still appreciate it.
We also went to the Trinity Methodist church, and they gave us the same amount of staples like Salvation Army did except meat protein, but we're still grateful just for that.
What we do to make what food we have to last is: not let anything to go to waste at all, and myself will only eat once per day to make sure there is enough for everyone else and our two small chiwawa's.
We also have been trying to grow vegetables from seed but it's not working out because of the weather, and the outdoor animals and insects.
Some things that do work is planting the end from a lettuce, celery, and onion scallions. We get a little more just doing that. With hope, maybe the winter season will be better for growing.
Something Positive :
I recently met a few enthusiastic members from your organization, and they had suggested that I write to you and ask for a prayer request. This has given my family members and I, the biggest ray of hope that we've had in months. I know that when a lot of people get together to pray, the spirit presence becomes more immense and powerful, and also encourages the development of more reassuring positive results.
The most positive thing is that my faith, and love for God has always been strong, and gets stronger by the minute each and everyday.
To whoever reads this, my family and I send our love, good thoughts, and appreciation to all your members, family's and friends.
Thanks so much for all your time, God Bless, and have a fantastic day.