Wheels4Hope is a mission that is near and dear to the West Raleigh Presbyterian Church congregation’s heart as an expression of God’s love in our community. This past Sunday, we welcomed new vehicle owner Debra Andrews and her sister Gloria to worship and celebrate a Wheels4Hope car blessing together.
Debra is a graduate of Healing Transitions who currently lives at Jobs Journey, through Passage Home. She works full-time as a baker at Dunkin Donuts – usually 3rd shift. Public transportation is not available in our community during these hours. To get back and forth to work Debra has been walking, taking the bus, or calling a cab. She looks forward to having her own car for transportation to and from work, to enable her to attend her Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings and to take her 2 year old granddaughter out. In May of this year, Debra celebrated 3 years clean and sober – congratulations! May God’s grace continue to shine through you, Debra.
As the quartet lead the congregation in song to the Vanderbilt entrance we filled the sanctuary with music that poured out of the building and over the sidewalk to the street as we gathered around the Honda Accord. A seed was planted at West Raleigh Presbyterian Church with the idea to serve our community in need of transportation. Wheels4Hope grew out of this seed and has found fertile ground and multiplied. This growth is supported by this church family and our neighbors as we share our resources of money, time, talents, and vehicles to turn donated cars into local blessings. Pam Wilson shared, “No matter how many times there are blessings, each one seems like a miracle!” Thank you for giving of yourselves to support missions in our halls, in our community, and beyond. With God’s grace the light will shine on.
Blessings to you Debra.