I want to thank you for the CARS at Owen’s Garage ministry. While on furlough I was able to borrow a car that though it runs great had some trouble when the driver’s window quit working. I had no idea where to get this fixed, what garage was reputable, what part needed to be replaced, how much it would all cost, and such. But I was referred to Marc at CARS at Owen’s Garage as a possibility.
After contacting Marc we settled on a time convenient for me to get the window fixed. Marc had already secured the needed part before I arrived and Joe and John were able to begin the work of replacing the window regulator. Unfortunately it was not the correct part (the right part number but the wrong part in the box) but with Joe and John sending him photos of the needed piece Marc was able to pickup the correct part and work commenced post haste. While waiting I was able to visit with David, a young man in the mentoring program at CARS and was impressed with his gentle spirit and humility. Afterward the repair was complete and I could do my happy dance as the window moved both down and back up we sat down to a meal that David had put together. I learned some of their ministry with mentors and young men, repairing cars to give to those who need them, and I could share about my ministry.
Not only did I get the window repaired but got to be covered in prayer by these precious men. I definitely am impressed with the ministry of CARS at Owen’s Garage.
— Linda Buckley (on furlough from Kazakhstan)
For 9 months the life of our family changed. We were forced to leave our land for fear of political persecution. Without a doubt, it was one of the most difficult decisions of our life, assuming with deep sadness not to return to embrace our loved ones for an uncertain time, leave our home, our belongings, in short, a large part of our life!
9 months ago we arrived in this country with our 10 year old daughter and 8 year old son with 4 suitcases and the anguish of facing a new destiny.
With few economic resources and looking for help to feed us, for the first time I knew the help that the Church offers through the donation of food known as food pantry. There, I prayed with Mrs. Ana, asking for help for our homeland and for our new life. She also treated me very kindly and told me that maybe I could get some help with things for my family. I indicated my friend’s phone number because we only had 3 days in the United States.
Afterwards, a shower of blessings has enveloped my family, today we have a mattress to sleep on, a table to eat on and many other things, that have made this beginning of life easier. We have met many people with a great heart, who without knowing anything about us, have given us help, trust and affection.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the Hill Country Bible Church community in Austin, and especially the Milleur family, Shoquist family, Mr. Tom Laws, and all the men at Owens Garage who have voluntarily participated in the improvements of the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, which through the church was donated to us, and greatly benefitted our quality of family life, and has allowed us to drive to our jobs, the supermarket and the school of our children.
Today we feel blessed and grateful, for being in this country and for God to have put us in his path and you in ours, where the language barrier does not exist, only friendship and moments of joy.
We pray for a better future for our children in this country, for health, for a life with full legality and security and to achieve jobs related to our professions, for a homeland with freedom and without oppression, and for all of you to bless others by so noble a work.
God bless you.
A grateful family (names withheld)