Redemption can happen in many ways. We redeemed a day helping a church redeem a building.
It all started with a puddle under the truck.
Parked at pretty Henderson Beach State Park in Destin, Florida I found that our truck radiator was leaking badly.
Another truck repair?
Getting Repairs Lined Up
Yes, I was bummed. Add the radiator to the fuel pump and brake line we’ve blown this year.
I didn’t have much time. I found the leak on Wednesday and we were due out of the park on Friday.
No chance to extend.
I started calling around to find a shop to get us in quickly. The shops in Destin were helpful - providing phone numbers for their competitors when they couldn’t get me in.
I ended up on the line with D’luxe Automotive. They understood our situation and could get us in on Friday. We booked a time and hung up so they could check on parts availability.
They called back saying there were two possible radiators. I put on grubbies and crawled under the truck to measure the part that was different between the two. I called back and they put the part on order.
Parking Lot Too Small
Friday morning we hitched up the fifth wheel and headed over to D’Luxe.
We found that they didn’t have room for the fifth wheel as expected. I asked where the closest lot was where we could set the trailer while they worked on the truck.
The mechanic pointed towards the corner and said something about a church that was moving into a former nightclub building.
Any Weekend But This One
We pulled into the lot and I went inside to see if we could put the trailer there.
The building was mid-renovation, mostly pulled down to the bones with some new walls up. I dodged hanging wires and hopped over skids of lumber to ask one of the construction workers if we could park the trailer in the lot for a few hours.
He called the Project Manager (Matt) whose first response was “Man, any weekend but this one.”
Turns out they were setting up for a parking lot sale where they hoped to liquidate many of the fixtures and supplies from the nightclub in order to fund the building renovations.
Called to Help
In spite of the weekend plans Matt found us a place in the corner. We unhitched the trailer, drove the truck back to the repair shop, and walked back to the church.
I told the girls that I was feeling called to see if we could help the church prep for their sale. It was obvious they had a ton of stuff to move and I didn’t see much help there yet.
I found Matt again and I said “There are three of us and we’ll have a couple hours till our truck is done, what can we do?”