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God & Google

Two weeks of living in her car were more than enough for Debbie.

So she did a Google search for homeless shelters. MorningStar popped up with a list of positive reviews. “Really nice,” said one. “Comfortable,” said another.

That was good enough. Debbie called the Mission, and they said to come right over. She did, and quickly settled in, safe and sound.

Debbie immediately knew this was more than a Google thing. It was a God thing. “I honestly believe God led me here,” she says.

Life has long been a hard struggle for Debbie. In her 20s, she was a cocaine addict, and her husband was a drug dealer. When he got arrested, he quit dealing … and she quit using. She has remained sober for 31 years.

But her struggles weren’t over. Her husband died at the age of 47 after 23 years of marriage. And one night in 2014, Debbie developed an excruciating headache.

“It felt like my head was going to explode,” she says. “I thought I was dying.”

She was rushed to the hospital, where they found a brain tumor. Surgeons removed the tumor, but an infection followed. They went back in and removed part of her skull, replacing it with a titanium plate.

“My life changed after that,” Debbie says, noting a loss of processing speed and short-term memory. “Things that I could do in an hour take me all day now.”

She had to give up a job she loved, driving a school bus for children with disabilities … because now she had a disability of her own.

Debbie moved in with extended family, renting a house from a friend. But earlier this year, Debbie and the friend got into a heated argument over finances, and Debbie was told to leave. That’s how she ended up in her car and, eventually, Googling her next destination.

“If it weren’t for MorningStar, I’d still be sleeping in my car, not knowing where to turn,” Debbie says. “But they gave me a roof over my head. And they treat me like family.”

Sounds like God’s work to us.

Your kindness can give people in need lifesaving help at a critical moment. God bless you!