Yesterday I popped into Winks before heading to meet some of the girls from Mennonite Girls Can Cook for an interview for the local paper.
I'm often asked ...
where is that store.
It's in Chilliwack, British Columbia.
Exit the Freeway at the Veddar Road Exit. .head south down Veddar Road. .
and when you come to the intersection where the Bank of Montreal is. .
It's right on the North West corner.
You'll see the signs.
If that doesn't help you. .
Check their Website here.
More often than not. .
Winks will be busy chatting it up with a customer when I walk in.
If you don't know her and her helpful staff when you arrive. .
you'll feel like friends by the time you leave.
Winks has just celebrated their second anniversary.
This beautiful basket was delivered to the store ..
by Mr. Winks.
To say he is supportive. .
would be highly understated.
Winks. .(and Mr. Winks) are freshly back in town from their visit to Romania.
I wonder. .
what kind of people open a brand new business ..
and then two years in. .
go to Romania on a mission.
I'll tell you.
When Winks heard that Mennonite Girls Can Cook was publishing a book and donating the royalties to feed hungry kids. ..
she wanted to know if she could sell the book at her store.
Surely enough she could.
We are ever so grateful for every store that has stocked our book on their shelf. .
but for the purpose of today's story ..
we'll talk about Winks.
Winks decided that she would use all the proceeds from her sales of the book to help the people she has grown to love over the last 25 years in Romania.
Winks and Mr. Winks. .
decided that they would go to a village and hand out $20 food hampers to every family in that village.
Since the book was stocked on her shelf she raised $3200.
She asked then. .
how many families are in that village?
Word came back ...
One hundred and sixty families.
God is in the details ..
And so they went.
With Internet connections ..
photos came to my email box while they were there . .
handing out food hampers in the village.
The village bakery was busy baking the 320 loaves of bread for the hampers . .
and the local grocery store was blessed by it's biggest sale in years.
The van was loaded to the rafters and off they went ..
blessing as they walked through the village.
She's back now.. .
and the dust has not yet settled and yet she is already focusing on the next task at hand.
She had called before going. .
wondering if we (the Mennonite girls can cook). .
would come sit in her booth at the upcoming West Coast Women Show.
She will decorate her booth and make it beautiful with lovely things. .
and will have a table for our books.
Being the thinker that she is ..
she thought we might like to see if we couldn't get a spot on the kitchen theatre stage.
So . .
we applied ..
and wouldn't you know it. .
we were accepted.
We are excited for this amazing opportunity that God is giving us.
We are happily grateful. .
and . .
that is what I'm thankful for ..