Washing Clothes to Serve Others

washing clothes

A quick glance at the image above suggests it was taken at an ordinary residence in any Southern California neighborhood. A married couple is shown taking clothes out of the dryer, just as millions of people do every day of the week. However, there is nothing ordinary or routine about this picture.

This couple, Ed & Peggy Kossart, do not live in the place where this photo was captured, and these are not their clothes. They don’t even own the washer and dryer, and they have no idea whose clothes they are holding.

Lifelong Lutherans, they have supported Lutheran missions of all kinds for many years. By their estimate it is more than 40. Married for 51 years, this Christian couple has been active and faithful in Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Granada Hills for more than 20 years. One of the ministries they have supported has been Lutheran Social Services of Southern California.

They heard about the Homeless-2-Home program at the Canoga Park Community Care Center. That initiative assists people in securing housing. The only requirement is that there is some regular monthly income of any amount.  LSS assists them with a portion of the monthly rent, and over a short period of time the tenant gradually assumes full responsibility. The result is that one more individual, or family, moves from being homeless to having a home.

Ed and Peggy realized that those who live without a permanent home cannot even take a shower, let alone wash their clothes like ordinary people do. Wanting to help, they wrote a check to purchase a new washer and dryer, both of which are hooked up and in use by our homeless clients at the LSS Community Care Center in Canoga Park.

In addition to providing the chance for people to bathe and wash personal items, they are helping Lutheran Social Services of Southern California to embrace with dignity and respect those children of God whose needs are beyond their personal capacity to cover on their own.

The picture below shows Ed and Peggy holding the check that was donated for the washer and dryer. Through their generosity they reached out in the name of Christ to offer options to homeless human beings who have nowhere else to turn.  God uses all kinds of people to minister in all kinds of ways.

We are grateful for the faithful commitment of Ed & Peggy Kossart. They helped the Word become flesh in, of all places, a washer and dryer in Canoga Park. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Canoga Park W & D bottom of blog pic w check

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