Last week I showed up for my hair appointment at HBI Salon. I always leave happy after my visits – for so many reasons. It is a salon filled with laughter, great service, and on this particular day, I discovered the true spirit of Christmas. As I walked in the door, just to the left was sitting a rugged Christmas tree with a message that said it all. I immediately fell in love and asked where it came from.
As Lauri, one of the stylists at HBI, began to share the story of the tree, I knew I had to share it with you. Her son, Brady recently turned 17 and as a result is eligible to go on his first mission trip with their home church. Youth who go on mission trips with the First Baptist Church of Trussville, have to be at least 17 years old and he has been looking forward to going for a long time. There are two upcoming trips, one to Costa Rica and then another in the summer to Pittsburgh. In order to go on both mission trips, Lauri and her husband, Leigh, told Brady that he would need to help raise the money to fund at least one of the trips. Feeling a bit overwhelmed, he said to his mom, “How in the world will I earn enough money to do this?” “God is good,” she replied.
In order to come up with ideas, Brady asked one of his sisters to show him her Pinterest boards. He found the tree and showed his mom, asking, “Do you think I could make these and would people buy them?” They agreed to try it. He and his dad went into the woods on their property and cut their first branch. Within the first 24 hours, he had 23 orders. As they began to deliver the orders, more people placed orders, some church members donated money for supplies and in 3 weeks he had over 50 orders.
Give, and it will be given to you; a good measure–pressed down, shaken together, and running over–will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” ~ Luke 6:38
The pin that inspired him looked like this:
It was originally pinned from Sussle.org.
It became a family project.
His sisters helped write the words.
They all did a little painting.
Mom helps her son.
The orders pour in.
Dad and Brady assemble the trees.
He decided to offer two choices and now has more than enough to fund the two trips.
As Brady thanks those who placed orders to make the trip possible, I couldn’t help but think how right Lauri was. God is good.
As we celebrate the ultimate mission trip when Christ was born, HE once again makes provisions for a mission trip. And how fitting…a tree was used to make the provision.
Come and behold Him
Born the King of angels