Gallery Furniture is in its 24th Annual Christmas Giveaway, and Gallery Furniture was given an e-mail sent from Wade Hilty of the Magnolia area of Houston, and in it, Wade chronicles the events of one special woman, Stephanie of Magnolia, as her family received some furniture from Gallery Furniture. Here is Wade Hilty of Competition Roofing (a commercial roofing company) with his report:
From: Wade Hilty
"I overheard a conversation between a worker and his helper at the mission project. It was the helper's first visit; he wasn't familiar with the project and asked "is this some kind of church project"? The worker then replied "Dude, this is a miracle going on here in Magnolia and that's all you need to know".
Dudes and dudettes, that truly is all we need to know. Because beyond what we understand is God's economy, where 5,000 can be fed with a basket of food and a whole house can be rebuilt with a small basket of funds in 19 short weeks.
I can't fathom or explain the how and why - I couldn't at the beginning of the project and I still can't. But I do know that a bunch of believers got on their knees and asked the Lord to help us carry out His mission, and He sent the Holy Spirit among us to make it happen.
Yesterday was another example of the Holy Spirit at work. Gallery Furniture showed up with a whole house full (literally!) of furniture. Not a bunch of off-brand items they couldn't sell, but some really nice stuff. Georgia Ann is the lady that organizes Mack's charitable events, and after first giving God the glory (and Georgia Ann can really pray!) she explained the selection process for distributing furniture.
Gallery Furniture receives over 500 applications throughout the year; she narrows the list down to 50 and then a panel selects the final 30 families to receive furniture. 30 out of 500 - long odds in our terms but things work different in God's economy. The result - more unexpected blessings and not a single dry eye in a very large group of people that showed up to witness this huge surprise for Stephanie.
One of her boys summed it up perfectly: "this is the most awesome house ever". What makes this house so awesome is that it's built by loving hands out of love for our Savior. Thanks for all of your loving hands and thank you, Mack, for an incredible act of kindness and generosity."
Wade, from the entire Gallery Furniture family, you are most sincerely welcome. God bless you and your family, as well as Stephanie and hers, as you celebrate the spirit of the Christmas season. Merry Christmas to you all, and have a safe and prosperous new year.