By Marc Wyatt
Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13 ESV)
Amani met us around 6 p.m. that Friday–after she had worked a full day and fed her family of 6 their evening meal. We met in the model apartment. It had been donated for our use as a base of operation; a place to meet the residents of the Palms Apartments. The complex had been sold to a developer after 50 years of providing low income housing to the working poor of North Carolina’s capital city. For Amani, and many like her, it had been their first home in the United States after she and her husband had fled the war in their homeland. All of her children had been born while living there–each one an American child. Now because of money, they would have to leave the only home they had ever known in this country.
“We’ve applied to many apartments in the area,” she told us. “Each time we pay the application fee. It adds up. We don’t have a lot of extra money. My husband works at a restaurant.”
We listened to her as she shared her concern, offered encouragement and suggestions and asked if we might pray for her and her family. We are followers of Jesus, Kim said.
“I believe in Jesus and Mary, his mother too. Yes, please pray for us!” Amani exclaimed.
“Father, Amani and her family need a safe and affordable home. Her children need to go schools that will provide a good education where they will continue to learn and grow. You know Amani and each of her family. You love them and have a perfect plan for their lives. Good Father we trust you and thank you for your provision and care.”
Kim finished, “I pray for Amani in Jesus’ name.”
“Thank you,” she said.
We stood, said our good-byes and Amani left.
In Arabic, the name Amani means security, safety, hope and peace. When you pray, remember Amani asking our Father in Heaven to make her name come true.
Marc and his wife, Kim serve as CBF Field Personnel and Advocates for Internationals in the Research Triangle, an eight-county area surrounding North Carolina’s capital city of Raleigh.