After a year and a half leading Laundry Love Springdale, Jeff and Jennifer Powers will be following their calling in life to serve our community through the Samaritan House Fellowship. We could never thank the Powers enough for their contribution to the Laundry Love effort & the impact that they have made in the lives of so many will be reflected in eternity. They took the responsibility of beginning the Springdale Laundry Love efforts from the ground up and they have seen some incredible stories of life change take place over the past year and a half. They will obviously be missed at Laundry Love, but we are glad they aren't going far. We asked Jennifer to share a few thoughts on Laundry Love and their role over the past 18 months.
...written by Jennifer Powers
It’s been nearly 2 years since I first volunteered at the Laundry Love Project (LLP) in Rogers. That night a seed was planted and four months later, Jeff and I were launching LLP in Springdale.
At that time we were earnestly seeking God’s will for our lives and were preparing to sell our house and move away to where we felt God was calling us to do mission work. As we prepared for this transition in our lives, we sensed God close the door and reassure us that it was merely a test of our obedience to Him. Instead He opened our eyes to see the need in our own community; and thus, LLP Springdale was born.
We began LLP thinking we had something to offer. Our mission was to bring hope and love to the under-resourced in our community; people who have to choose between having enough money to wash their clothes or enough money to put food on the table. What we didn’t realize is how much LLP would change us.
Through LLP, we had opportunities to meet and relate to people who might otherwise go unnoticed. We learned how to truly see people - to look past appearances, to learn the context of a person’s life, to offer hope, encouragement, and a helping hand. Through LLP God taught us lessons about unconditional love and demonstrated His promises to provide and equip. After 1 ½ years with LLP, God has lead us to join Him in His work at Samaritan House Fellowship in Rogers. We are blessed to, now, be part of their youth ministries where we are leading Jr. High and High School students.
We are happy that LLP Springdale will continue under the leadership of Patrick and Lindsey Kelley through the Grove Church.
Again, we have been blessed by their contribution and our community is truly a better place because of them. We can't wait to hear the stories that will emerge in this new chapter of their life.
If you would like to learn more about Laundry Love and how you can serve through this incredible initiative, we invite you to visit the Laundry Love initiative page or email LLP@CobblestoneProject.org. Laundry Love is an initiative of Just One a non profit organization that was formed to stimulate greater global awareness about extreme poverty, and to provoke compassionate ideas and intelligent giving in order to provide sustainable relief.