A Cup of Motor Oil in My Name
2016.06.13 22:13:31

A Cup of Motor Oil in My Name

John Flowers


     How do you feel when your car won’t start? Or when you get stuck on the road somewhere because of a mechanical break down? If you are a member of Living Hope, your first thought likely is, “I need to get a hold of the car guys.”

     Years ago, Bret Ferguson noticed something. God blessed many at Living Hope with the talent and interest to work on cars. And Bret noticed that many people struggle with car trouble. Some can only afford marginal transportation. Some get smacked with major repairs that come up suddenly, straining family finances. Some need routine auto maintenance that is difficult to accomplish because they are on an extremely tight budget and don’t know how to do maintenance themselves.   Some people enjoy getting an accurate diagnosis of a car problem from our car guys, so they can take it to a mechanic for repair.

     In Fargo, it is not feasible to walk, ride a bike, or even stand at a bus stop through the five cold months of the year. How to meet people’s practical need for transportation, while sharing the love of Jesus with them?

     In the fall of 2002, God called Bret to establish a unique and creative ministry for meeting people’s needs, while using the talents of God’s people: Car Care Clinic.

     Over the years, the Living Hope Car ministry has saved people tens of thousands of dollars, assisted people in all kinds of car emergencies, and demonstrated the love of Jesus in a very practical way to our church family and members of the community around us.

     Three years ago, we experienced a MIRACLE of GOD when an anonymous donor gave us the money to build the beautiful garage that houses our car ministry.

     We don’t have the resources to help everybody, all the time. But the Word of God commands us over and over to care for the needy. So God gave Living Hope the Car Care Clinic as a practical way to put these Biblical commands into action:


If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites….do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them. Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need..… 10 Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart… Deuteronomy 15:7-1


17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:17-18


     One way that you can be open handed, generous, share material possessions, and put love in action is to join what God is doing at Living Hope through our Car ministry.


     God called Living Hope to this ministry by equipping so many of us with interests and gifts to do it and support it. He miraculously provided a place to do it.


     Now, God is calling you to be a part of it.   Would you consider giving at least one hour on the third Saturday of the month? Here are some practical ways you can be involved in this Ministry of Mercy:


-Provide lunch for the car guys

-Be here to provide connection, friendship, and Gospel conversations with our clients

 -Be a parts runner or “gofer”

 -Help with clean up

 -Vacuum cars and wash windows

 -Learn how to do routine maintenance such as oil changes

 -Help with paper work and administrative functions

 -Provide financial support

 -Consider bringing your car for routine maintenance, and give a love offering to the ministry rather than $35 to an oil change shop


-Spread the word to people who need car help


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