I’ve spent the last two years placing families who have lost their homes through natural disasters into free RVs so they have a place to live. But I’ve received the greatest blessing because I’ve seen God working miracles and bringing me back to Him.
I accepted Jesus at 16 but I hadn’t been walking closely with Him for some time. In 2018, my six-year-old daughter, Luna, and I were preparing to have our first Thanksgiving alone in Colorado. I wanted to do something to show her the meaning of giving. I heard about the people of Paradise, California where 50,000 people were left homeless from wildfires. I saw a story of a man giving thanks that he still had an RV to live in.
That’s when the idea came to me. Why don’t we buy a used RV, drive it to California and give it to a family that lost their home. I contacted everyone selling an RV locally on Craig’s List and told them our plan. One guy sold me his RV for $2,500 instead of the $12,000 he was asking. That was the first time God showed me His hand in this. Once Luna and I took off for Paradise, I saw more evidence of God’s presence.
On Facebook, I told people to email me if they knew of a family in Paradise that was now homeless. I got several hundred emails. But people also wrote they’d donate their RV to give to a family.
A friend in media relations heard our plan, alerted the press and we had requests from TV stations along our route to do a story on our giveaway. The requests for RVs and people wanting to donate expanded exponentially. An attorney contacted me and volunteered to set up a nonprofit for us, and the COO of a local non-profit offered to handle the processing of donations.
By the time we delivered the original RV, I had completely surrendered to God. “I see you and feel you; just show me the way and I’ll obey.” I became His instrument. Our not-for-profit ministry is called EmergencyRV.org. We’ve now delivered 88 RVs to families affected by disasters and to firefighters in California, Oregon and Colorado.
I’ve had a great seat to see how God orchestrated all this. I originally thought this was my idea, but it’s obvious I’m not the one driving the RV.
Amber BoutonMarch 30, 2021 at 1:03 pm
A true hero and one of my very closest friends! So proud of you Woody! Love you and Luna so much!!! Thank you for letting me be a part of this incredible mission! You have changed so many lives doing God’s work! Amen!
MerryMarch 31, 2021 at 8:40 am
Wow, what a terrific blessing!
God has incredible ideas, if we’ll just listen and get on board with Him! He has every detail already planned out and every resource in place! He’s just waiting for someone to say “yes”!
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