Where I am at this point in my life and ministry I owe to mentors. At least the good part of what I do and who I am. One man that has walked me through some of my life's most difficult challenges is Carl Mims. He's prayed with me and has always been the source of the sagest wisdom.
Fifteen years ago when I launched to plant a church, he dug a bunch of really great stuff from his storage unit to add tremendous value to my garage sale ministry-launching-fund-raiser. I couldn't believe the quality of the stuff he just gave away to me. His items were the hottest, best, and most quickly sold.
When horrible tragedy hit my family about three years ago, Carl prayed and counseled me through it in the most gentle and encouraging way. We walked me through my grief. Several weeks ago, tragedy stuck his family and the medical bills have piled into a small mountain.
On August 10th, 2010, Carly Mims was in a ATV quading accident while visiting our family in Cedar City, Utah. At first glance, her injuries seemed fairly minor. While at the family doctor getting a cut stitched up, it became apparent that Carly was seriously injured. She was rushed to the ER where they stabilized her and airlifted her to Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City. To read the full story of the accident, please click here.
This Saturday, a garage sale will be held to raise money for Carly, Carl's daughter. Details are here. I've dug the best stuff I can find (it doesn't begin to touch the value or sacrifice the Mims have shown our family), and loaded up my van and hauled it over to my buddy Kelly's house to sell tomorrow. I hit up my neighbors for their stuff, too. It's a chance to make a dent in the debt I owe this man.
Now go forth and buy our stuff and bless the Mims family.