On a Hope and a Prayer, in a Van

Dale (my brother) and I were talking about the podcast. He’s been busy with work things and I’ve been busy with finding work things, so we haven’t been podcasting regularly. The Houston Rockets have also been in the playoffs and I’ll watch them instead of podcasting (priorities, you know?).

Well, Dale and I were trying to record an episode and I thought, “Well, I could talk about family life in the midst of transition. I’m there right now.” He thought that was a good idea—but then he decided to make it much, much better by not making it about that idea at all.

Dale told me of a family at his church—the Todaro family—that is journeying through something in life very few do. To summarize it in layman’s terms: Kelli, the wife, has reactions to all types of things in the environment. Pollen? Doesn’t go well. Scented laundry detergent? Not a chance. Dale and his wife were in community group together with the Todaros and every time they had group it was a requirement to be sure all thing were unscented and everyone had bathed.

After Hurricane Harvey, a little bit of mold forced the Todaros to find a new place to live while their house got repaired. They didn’t go to a hotel, though. They didn’t rent a house. No, they started traveling in a van in hopes of finding some relief—and they weren’t even sure that a new destination would provide it.

In this week’s podcast, Dale interviews the Todaro family from their van (which also served as their house), and he and I talk briefly about faith in the midst of uncertainty. It was great to listen in (I couldn’t interact directly in the call because of the way Skype and phones were working out the night we recorded).

This episode isn’t really about comparing—I think that is a big mistake we make. “Oh, well so and so has it pretty bad. I don’t have it like that. I should consider myself lucky.” Each one of us walks through situations and the Lord is leading us through it all. To compare is unfair to where God has any individual or any family. What is necessary in all circumstances, though, is faith.

Listen in and be encouraged. And if you are able to contribute anything to help the Todaros get their house back in order, you can do that here. You can also read up on Kelli’s blog here.

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