Inasmuch United Fort Myers…HUGE Success!!
Have you seen God wink? Silly question, you say. No one sees God, much less His wink! Some compassionate souls at Fort Myers, Florida, would beg to differ. They were part of the first Inasmuch United Fort Myers on February 2 and some of them saw God wink.
God winks when our plans go wrong and where they put us is just the place God wants us to be. We make a wrong turn on a journey only to discover an opportunity we would have missed if we had stayed “on course” and God winks. We fail to get the job of our dreams only to learn later that the company was on shaky ground and soon folded and God winks.
Nine congregations of various denominations and races united in Fort Myers to mobilize right at 1000 people to minister to thousands of their neighbors in need in 75 compassion ministry projects and God was winking the entire day. One wink was when a volunteer named John went to a Laundromat to “feed the machines,” e.g. pay for up to 3 loads of laundry for customers on the day of the Inasmuch United. But John went to the wrong Laundromat, but instead of correcting his error, he stayed and served the people there. One woman was suspicious of his offer to pay for her laundry, so John explained that he was helping out with his community’s Inasmuch because God had been good to him and he wanted to share some of the blessing. The woman not only accepted his help but also shared that she had recently lost her husband. As a way of dealing with her grief she had started a blog for other grieving people. She had just received a response from a woman in another Florida city who had just lost her son to suicide. Well, . . . John and his wife lost their son to suicide 30 years ago. So, John and his wife are now communicating with that mother in the other city. And God winked.
Another volunteer was disappointed to discover on the day of the Inasmuch United Fort Myers that the project she had signed up to do had fallen through at the last minute. She asked to be reassigned and didn’t really care to which project. She was sent to a house that was to be pressure washed and painted—with stucco exterior. Until she arrived no one realized that the project leader had purchased the wrong kind of paint. Since this volunteer and her husband own a paint store, she went to her store and got the correct paint and donated it to the project. And God winked. Next year, she and her husband will donate all the paint to be used on all the painting projects! So, God may be winking for a long time in Fort Myers.
David Crocker, who went to Fort Myers to train church leaders there to plan and conduct their Inasmuch United event, says: “These stories illustrate a truth we often hear from folk who participate in an Inasmuch event, namely whenever we do what God tells us to do, He always has more in mind. When we are obedient to his calling to serve people in need in Jesus’ name, He takes our sometimes simple acts of obedience and does far more with them than we could ever expect.”
When has God winked during your Inasmuch experience? “God has winked at Inasmuch so many times in recent years that we’ve lost count!” says Crocker.