Wonderful testimony from the great state of Virginia!!
Written by Salty Sidewalks Member: Joann
"This past Friday, during our Salty Sidewalks workshop, we were sharing stories of our salt leaks. One of our ladies told of going into a very popular Mexican restaurant in our town, and leaving 3 bookmarks in the restroom. She came out and went back to her seat. A few minutes later, one of the workers approached her, asking if she was the one who left bookmarks in the restroom. My friend replied, that yes, she had done that. Not knowing what might happen next, the worker asked if she had any more, that she could give to her friends. PTL!
Also, last week, our car battery went dead in the doctor's office parking lot. A sweet lady came out to go to her car, and seeing our hood up, asked if we needed a jump. My husband told her we did. She came back with jumper cables. After our car was running again, I gave her a bookmark. She was SO happy! She held it up and said, "I will remember this forever!"
Only eternity will reveal the impact it has in this world"!!
A lovely Thank You Note from Loisann's Hope House which provides transitional housing for women and children:
A sweet "Thank You" from a pregnancy resource center
We were so blessed to be able to bless the women of the "Living Loved" retreat. Each woman was able to pick a salt leak out that spoke to them. One sweet woman, was so enamored with the idea of Salty Sidewalks, that she took all of the extra- promising that her husband, who is a trucker- would spread them out across the US. Yay God ----love that they were willing to shake some salt onto our city streets!!!
Good morning, friends! I would like to send out a huge thank you to *Salty Sidewalks for the gorgeous salt leaks! I wanted to share it with you all. The picture on the front of the card is SO meaningful to me. Most of you know, that my son, is also a member here. It has been such a joy to work on salt leaks together. He is such a special young man with a heart for God and compassion for people. He was this way very early on. There was a period of time in which I had stopped going to church entirely for several years when he was young. HE is the reason I went back! He pleaded with me. Even when I was not the finest example during those years, he was an example to me, and kept drawing my focus to God. I encouraged these traits in him, but my life wasn't matching what I was conveying. Of course, that has all changed now. I rededicated my life to the Lord many years ago, and I have not looked back. So, I just wanted to explain why this salt leak means so very much to me!! Isn't it gorgeous? The tags too! Lovely!
Another Amazing Testimony from Mary Washington College, VA
"Today was my first day of my Junior year at UMW. I was waiting outside of my french class, nervous. It was a cool morning but it was quickly getting hotter, something that might once have been called Cleveland Weather (after our 22&24th President). I sat under a tree by Combs Hall and saw that somebody had left their keychain behind, so I picked it up to look at it and found this written on a card "Isaiah 55:11". I don't read my bible much but when I came back to my room I picked it up and found the verse:
"So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."
The keychain is now on my backpack and there it will stay. Seeing somebody leave art around helped me not be so nervous for my first french class.
Some testimony and pics from a conference held in April in NC
GOD IS IN THE DETAILS!!!
In March, we had a lovely lady, Anyia, join Salty Sidewalks. Not long after, her friend, Beth, came on board as well. Immediately, they became actively involved in creating artwork (salt leaks) to share the Gospel. They have reached out in a huge way. They have donated creative artwork with Scriptures to a pregnancy center, as well as abandoned so many items, I’ve lost count!
As an observer and fellow member, I was continually in awe of their obedience to God, their humble spirits, and sincere desire to reach others with the love of God. They were and continue to be so inspiring.
In April, I was facing some personal struggles that were a distraction to me. Although I had been actively participating myself in Salty Sidewalks, I found myself in the middle of a dry spot. I had allowed the distractions to become a hindrance to reaching out with my artwork to share God’s love. I was dismayed by this, and I decided to do something.
I messaged both Beth and Anyia at the same time. I thanked them for their dedication and inspiration. I also requested though that they would pray for me for renewed strength and passion for this ministry. Sometimes, reaching out in this way is hard for me, and I really didn’t know Beth and Anyia very well. They both accepted me where I was at with arms wide open.
A beautiful thing began to take place. We began to pray for each other in earnest. We were sharing deep thoughts, and a friendship as sisters in Christ was born.
Much to my amazement, one day, Beth sent me a photo of a salt leak that she was given at The Encouragement Café-Unspeakable Joy Conference in NC in March. I had no clue she had one! I didn’t know that is how she learned of this ministry.
Then, Anyia sent me a photo of one given to her at this same conference. Both were asking if I knew who had made them.
They are both pictured below.
Salty Sidewalks members were given a fantastic opportunity to reach out to women at this conference. With help from many members, we were able to send off enough items with Scripture and uplifting thoughts to offer as gifts freely to every woman who desired one. I participated in this, and I prayed over each item I worked on and prayed about what Scriptures or encouraging thoughts to include.
When I saw these photos that Beth and Anyia sent me, the tears began to flow. You see, I was the one who had made them. I felt the presence of God so strongly, and a deep sense of humility and gratitude.
Beth shared with me that her cards spoke to her because of a period of depression that God had helped her get through, and that she was able to share a photo of her cards with new believers, and it encouraged them. She and Anyia have also shared that in receiving these gifts, they too were inspired to join the Salty Sidewalks ministry, and to begin reaching the lost, the hurting, the broken through their artwork.
I do not believe there are coincidences with God. God used two little key ring cards to bring inspiration to Beth and Anyia’s hearts for ministy, to uplift and encourage them, and to become my friends and prayer partners too. Indeed, my desire to keep reaching out in this way has been renewed. Only God could have woven all of these details together to create our story. For this, we all give Him honor and praise!