It has been a week since owning our new car! I promised to tell the story behind it and how Daddy God showed up.
To begin I have to start in September. We let Tamra’s car go since we no longer could afford the monthly payment we used to be able to. We would get it caught up but fall back into not being able to keep it up. We were left we my 1991 Mazda truck. Beat up, no AC & Tamra didn’t know how to drive manual so I would be the only one able to drive. We couldn’t get a loan and had no back up plan so we stuck it out knowing God would shift our priorities & perspective on the situation. For a few months, we were faithful and stuck to that truck. Even with me not working during part of that time, we knew God had to show up. Then one day out of no where, my truck blew it’s engine. It wasn’t a gradual thing or any mechanical signs it would happen. It just did. Like I said, we couldn’t get a loan, no money saved up, & no one we knew could help us right away. We were left with the ability to rely on his grace to guide us.
We were set to stay with my in-laws for a few days so they could help us around till we figured this out. We had a few people knew how much we needed a break through some how. Tracey* knew our situation and rented us a car for the week so we could situate everything out. Because she knew everything we were dealing with & knew our goals, she kept a few things secret from us. The first was that she was given $2000 for a family that needed financial help. She wanted us to have that to use for a car. She knew that we could find a car with that but she wanted something that we didn’t have to invest in to repairs right away. She said it would be best to see if we could raise another $1000. We agreed. I started a GoFundMe (it is similar to Kickstarter). The first 24 hours was slow and we raise $100. We kept it up all week long but it the $100 was all we raise. We attempted to sell a few things to help but that didn’t pick up any traction.
It was about Thursday afternoon, we have been looking & calling about cars with in now our $2100 price range but coming up with no luck. We kept in contact with Tracey and let her know what we were having issues with raising money and selling a few items to raise the $1000. This is where she had a 2nd secret that happened earlier in the week. The same friend who gave her the $2000 asked if she could pay her back for the rental. Tracey agreed. The next day she was handed and envelope and thought it was just the money for the rental. It ended up being another $1000 for us to use.
Now it is Friday, we are searching high and low. We talked to Tracey about a car we were going to check out but it was still outside of the $2100 we had. She then told us about the extra $1000 she was given. We were blown away but still were sticking with lets find the right car for the best price. We set out for coffee & Craigslist at our local coffee shop and found a few but set out to look at one.
We went out the West Houston area and had a car in mind but “mechanical” issues prevented the car from starting so we had to pass on it. We were out of luck and were getting hungry. We took a break and got dinner thinking our night was done. I got a Craigslist maybe out of desperation of needing a Hail Mary since we had to turn in the rental Sunday. I found this Subaru outside of our price but called and he went down into our price range. We went and liked it a lot. No major issues or beat up and it was right in our budget. We made the deal!
From there we had some title issues but they were fixable. Because of that issue, he ended up payed our taxes & registration as well! The one minor issue was fixed out with a tune up & we were set to go.
We are now proud owners of a 2001 Subaru Impreza Outback. Thanks to a stranger we don’t know & Tracey for being a conduit for God’s hand to move (even if you may not see that).
*Name was changed for privacy