Read How God Provides!
A few weeks before the start of school, Joan Pingel, the principal at Praise Academy, heard that a local mall was giving away free backpacks and school supplies. Joan decided to borrow a neighbor’s van and take four Praise Academy students with her to the mall.
“The line at the mall was daunting. There were hundreds of people,” said Joan. As they waited, the oldest of the children pulled Joan aside and said, “Miss Joan, we don’t have any food to eat at our house.” Joan replied, “Let’s get the backpacks and then we’ll talk about how to get you and your family fed tonight.”
Just then some mall workers came by, trying to engage children in a Hula-Hoop contest. The four students were eager to participate. The contest started and most of the children were eliminated very quickly, with the exception of one Praise Academy boy, the one who said his family didn’t have food to eat. He won the contest and a $25 gift card to a local fried chicken restaurant. Joan quickly congratulated him and said, “Look how the Lord answered your prayers. You have food for dinner.”
After they received their backpacks they headed home. Joan dropped off the children and the boy ran into the house, excited to tell his mother what he won for the family. His mother looked at him and said, “See, God does take care of us.”