Church donates van to area mom
Published 10:21 am Monday, May 5, 2014
For Tammy Lawson, a prayer was answered Saturday.
Lawson thought she was bringing her car to Cornerstone Church’s car clinic for an oil change, new blinkers and perhaps some other work.
As it turned out, she left with a different vehicle — one given to her by the church’s Mission 507 group.
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“It’s an answered prayer, because I have been in kind of a dilemma with my vehicle situation for a long time,” she said.
Her 1999 Buick Century had been acting up, but she didn’t know just how costly the required repairs would be.
The car had a bad head gasket, had oil in the gas and radiator, and several other problems.
“I’d had issues with it, but I didn’t know that it was in that bad of shape,” Lawson said.
With repairs proving costly, the church gave her a 1990 Dodge Caravan that, while older, has fewer miles and can fit more people comfortably, something that will be helpful for her three sons who live at home. She also has two sons in graduate school and two daughters in college.
“It’s really nice to have something we can all fit in and be comfortable,” Lawson said.
Saturday marked the second year Cornerstone’s Mission 507 ministry hosted the free car clinic to help single mothers, widows and women with husbands deployed overseas.
Women dropped off their cars and were treated to pedicures, manicures and massages, while Mission 507 leaders took their cars for servicing and cleaning at Holiday Ford. There, they’d rotate the tires, change the oil, check brakes, wash the cars and return them with a full tank of gas.
“We’re put here on the Earth to help other people and that’s really what our mission, our goal is,” said Terry Miller, a Mission 507 member who worked on cars Saturday.
The event is growing. Last year, the church worked on about 19 cars, but this year there were more than 30. That’s a good sign for Brian Theobald, who’d like to see it become a larger community event.
“I’d like to see Riverside Arena filled with moms being pampered for the day,” said Theobald, who helped found Mission 507 and the car maintenance event, along with his wife, Daneen, and other Cornerstone members.
Members of Faith Evangelical Free Church also worked with Cornerstone this year, and Theobald wants to get other churches involved.
“We have stepped outside Cornerstone,” he said.
Cornerstone members were thankful for the help they received this year. Nathan Toland from Holiday Cars, who isn’t even a Cornerstone member, volunteered space in his shop and donated materials to the event.
Theobald was also thankful to receive a grant from the Austin Area Foundation.
Lawson commended Mission 507 for putting their beliefs into action.
“They’re love in action,” she said. “They just reach out and help.”
Lawson has attended Cornerstone since moving to Austin about six years ago, and she helps out with the Sunday school program.
“They don’t just talk about it,” she said. “They do something.”
As several Mission 507 members said Saturday, they want the group to be about action, not talk.
“We’re just here to be God’s hands,” Miller said.