Painting with a Prayer Young Adults Help Senior Citizen

Storm clouds were rolling in when a dozen young adults recently showed up to paint a gentleman's house in Kent, Wash.

The volunteers knew this was their only time as a group to paint the house, and prayed for the storm to be averted. They popped open the buckets of donated paint and began painting. Wind started blowing, the clouds went to the south, and the young people kept on painting.

As they painted, the volunteers learned more about the gentleman they were helping. Walter Johnson, 92, had been studying the Bible with another denomination, and became so theologically confused his study partners told him he should study with the Seventh-day Adventists.

Soon after Johnson met Greg Schaller, Kent Church pastor, the two men began Bible studies. Johnson eventually joined the church by profession of faith.

Schaller noticed one day Johnson's house needed painting, and asked if he would allow them to paint his home. Johnson said, "You don't know how much that would mean to me."

With storm clouds all around, the volunteers steadily worked until they finished the job. They could see rain all around, but at Johnson's house, it only sprinkled a little before the clouds moved on. Cleaning up the brushes, the young adults praised God for an answer to prayer.

December 01, 2009 / Washington Conference