Hey all, Melissa here!
One of the biggest joys I’ve had while working with All Good Things has been building relationships with people on our shipping team. (Being from out of state meant I was a bit lacking in the friend department when I first arrived!) Through the craziness of the Advent season and the transition of our company from Amen Paper to All Good Things, these people have truly become friends. A few months ago, we introduced you to Max + Tieshual! Here is a little update on our two dear members of the AGT team!
Max came to us by way of an arts program for the homeless where Helen taught every Thursday morning. He has a gentle, bashful demeanor, dreadlocks nearly as long as he is tall, and probably the best imagination of any adult I know. His artistic style is totally story-driven. If you take the time to ask for an explanation of his paintings, you will be blown away by the thought that went into each detail.
By God’s grace and the generosity of a well-known, local artist, Max now has the opportunity to work out of his VERY OWN studio! He is currently wrapping up a project he has been working on for months: an incredible 2-D replica of a church. The exactness of each detail is incredible. I am so thankful to have a friend like Max; he has taught me to pay closer attention to life’s details.
Many of you may remember the story we shared with you months ago about a single mom named Tieshual and her son Quentin, who has a brain tumor. In another glorious unfolding of events, God brought our attention to their situation, and gave us the opportunity to invest in their lives. Tieshual would come to work several days a week, after attending college classes in the mornings. As I got to know Tieshual and learned more about her life story, I became increasingly burdened by her situation, often wondering desperately if we could do more to help her. I prayed and fretted and strategized ways to get Quentin into a better school, to move them into a better neighborhood, to give her more hours. I felt helpless.
God is always working on so many different planes and in ways that I cannot see. One day Tiehsual came into the office and casually told me that she had gotten a full-time job working next door at MercyMed (a wonderful community health center that we partnered with for our 2017 Verse of the Year Line). I am pretty sure my jaw dropped, my brain trying to catch up with what she had just told me. And then I started loudly exclaiming, so giddy with amazement and relief, so surprised by how God had been working all along.
I had lunch with Tieshual and Helen about two weeks ago, and the good news just kept coming. Quentin is being transferred to a better school. His brain tumor is shrinking, and for no apparent reason. Tieshual is growing at her job and getting her driver’s license. I was, and continue to be, in awe of the goodness of God that is so evident in her life.
God has taught me so much about beauty and about who He is through Max and Tieshual, people I probably would never have met under normal circumstances. He has humbled me with their stories. Their friendship has had a profound effect on my life and I am so very grateful.
We wanted to share this great news with you, because it is all possible because of YOU! Because of you, All Good Things has been able to provide meaningful, flexible work for those struggling to find employment. You have come alongside those in the adoption process by allowing us to provide prints for auctions and fundraisers. You have given to Young Life and other local ministries. We believe God asks us to be responsive to the community around us, available and willing to step in as needed, and by your purchase, you are making that happen. Thank you for coming alongside us and agreeing to keep your “eyes open” to those in need of abundant life.
We are beyond grateful for you.
All the love,
The All Good Things Team