By Chris Meehan
Joe and Cynthia Hagens (Servant Branch) recently endured a four-week dry spell in their home-remodeling business, J.J. Hagens, Inc., due to the pandemic. It was a double whammy—some customers were leery about spending money on renovations when their jobs weren't secure, and others who might have been willing to spend the money were leery of strangers working in their house, potentially bringing the coronavirus with them.
The pandemic affected the business in other ways as well. For instance, the lumberyard that Joe had purchased all his materials from for over 40 years closed permanently. Fortunately, he was able to establish a connection with a new lumberyard in time to order some supplies for a few clients. Joe says that building a good working relationship with a lumberyard is a significant step in maintaining a successful construction and remodeling business.
“We always pray daily for God to provide for our needs in general, but, after almost four weeks of no work and no income, one Wednesday Cynthia and I specifically prayed for jobs to work on. The very next day I got two calls for jobs that customers wanted us to start on right away! One was remodeling a kitchen, the other renovating a bathroom,” Joe says.
Then the kitchen remodelers got cold feet and put the job on hold. Both the husband and wife were concerned about the pandemic situation affecting their jobs in the airline industry. But a few days after postponing the project indefinitely, they decided to go ahead with it.
Meanwhile, Joe and Cynthia were able to start on the bathroom renovation right away. When that was done, they were ready to move on to the kitchen project. “Since then, there’s been a steady stream of jobs coming our way,” says Joe. “Praise the Lord!”
Jon Grams says:
May 13th, 2020 at 4:50 PM
Great news Joe! Happy the Lord is providing for you.
Gina Kadera says:
May 13th, 2020 at 4:56 PM
Wonderful news Joe & Cynthia! May blessings continue.
Kathy Jandric says:
May 13th, 2020 at 4:56 PM
What a wonderful article showing your steadfast faith In the Lord even in pandemic mode and His faithful blessing to you.
Joe, you’ve done outstanding work as a fine craftsman construction person in my home. So thankful The Lord blest you in this way!
“ All things work to the good for those who love the Lord”...
Ingrid Robinson says:
May 13th, 2020 at 5:10 PM
To God be the glory!!!!!. Our intercessors Group in the Kingston Branch, has been praying for situations like yours, here in our Branch and for our brothers and sisters throughout the entire POP , so it's a tremendous encouragement to hear your testimony of God's provision.
Truly, God is our refuge and strength.
Rita Kottkamp says:
May 13th, 2020 at 5:14 PM
Glory to God! Wonderful, hopeful story for a lot of people who may be struggling. Thank you for sharing it with us!
Julie walters says:
May 14th, 2020 at 12:45 PM
Joe and cynthia, I am encouraged by your faith and endurance. As Rita Kottcamp said "It is a wonderful, hopeful story for those who are struggling with their situations.
EDWARD SCHWAB says:
May 16th, 2020 at 9:57 PM
I am not going to compete with that sharing except to say how sweet it is when He shows up in such a mind boggling way to instill in you and your bride His profound love for you and your entire family Schwabby Sr
Karen Heintzelman says:
May 29th, 2020 at 11:14 AM
What a great example of faith
Mary Gaffney says:
May 30th, 2020 at 7:55 PM
So happy for you, Hagen's! God is good!
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