Jamie McIntire never thought she'd find herself without a job, without a home, or without any hope, but life had different plans.
“I have always been a person that exceeds expectations,” Jamie said. “I work hard. I try hard. I believed that if you live right, do right, you will be alright. I learned that’s not always the case.”
Two years ago, Jamie lost her job. The situation spiraled to where she couldn’t find work and used all of her savings, eventually losing even her house. “During my downward spiral I found Hill Country Bible Church,” she said. “I was looking for a place to pray, to find my way, a place to just give me strength.”
Jamie had been attending Sunday morning services at the Lakeline campus for about six weeks before what she considers the worst day of her life hit. She lost the place she was staying, leaving her and her dog, Ginger, essentially homeless. She had a new job waiting tables, but without a place to stay or shower, it wouldn’t last. She sat in her car with Ginger wondering what to do next.
After having no luck finding a shelter in the Austin area, Jamie walked through the front doors of Hill Country Bible Church. “I’ve never taken any charity before, never thought I’d be in the position to need to,” she said. “I was so embarrassed and ashamed. I was so lost.”
“Through God I landed in the seats of Hill Country Bible Church. Through Hope Ministry I have landed back on my feet. I am forever grateful. I am forever touched. I am forever blessed.”
But she was greeted by the kind smile of the Hope Ministry coordinator, and hearing her tears through his office, the Hope Ministry pastor came out as well. Although it was after hours and the office was closing down, the three sat and worked on a solution for Jamie’s dilemma. “We talked, I cried, and they listened,” she said.
The Hope Ministry was able to help Jamie find temporary housing, and they assisted her with a car payment so she wouldn’t lose her vehicle. Everyday, the Hope Ministry coordinator checked in with Jamie to help her find permanent housing, which she eventually did. Jamie was able to find a steady, well-paying job that she’s been working at since September 2016.
“I have never in my life seen such kindness and graciousness as what I have seen firsthand from the HCBC Hope Ministry,” Jamie said. “The only thing they asked of me was to keep trying and never stop believing in God and His will. I now attend church not because I was raised to, but to be in the presence and greatness of God and His love.”
Although it wasn’t a life turn she wanted or anticipated, Jamie says this experience has changed her forever and transformed her heart. “Through God I landed in the seats of Hill Country Bible Church. Through Hope Ministry I have landed back on my feet. I am forever grateful. I am forever touched. I am forever blessed.”