Ephesians 5:26, “That he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,”
Church Without Walls New Orleans has been known as a place of refuge, servitude, and Chrislikeness over the years. Through our ministry God has changed multiple lives in various ways. We have been amazed at the stories that have been created through our services, and we love to share them with you.
In the 2001 romantic comedy titled Serendipity, actor John Cusack played the role of Jonathan Trager. One day Jonathan Trager went out to shop for a pair of gloves. As he pulled the gloves from the rack at Bloomingdales, he felt a tug on the gloves in the opposite direction. Turning around, he realized that he and this beautiful girl came to the store for the same pair of gloves, at the same time, and simultaneously grabbed them. Believing their encounter was true fate, he fell in love at first sight.
They spend the day together and depart from each other returning to their previous lives. Through timely circumstances, they are reunited with each other years later. Wholeheartedly believing their reunion is destiny, the two decide to never let the other get away and made the choice to marry and live the rest of their lives together. Seeking a pair of gloves, they found something valuable neither was looking for. The phrase serendipity is the effect in which one finds something truly valuable especially while looking for something entirely unrelated.
Meet Bill and Scarlett Boles (pictured above). Mr. Boles is a northern Louisiana attorney that hit a rough patch in his life. At that time, one of the ministering voices speaking life into him was Pastor Lawrence Sisung. A short time later God would restore Bill. Grateful for his restoration, he diligently wanted to serve others. He called Pastor Lawrence and the two set up a date to serve the patrons of CWOW New Orleans. However, Mr. Boles would not make the trip from North Louisiana alone. He was accompanied by his friends Scarlett, Paul and Missy. They led the service in worship and served the food and clothing tables afterwards.
While serving the tables, something happened within Scarlett and Bill. Observing the selfless and diligent compassion of Scarlett, Bill said to himself, “If Scarlett would selflessly serve me with half the compassion she is displaying right now, I would love to spend the rest of my life with her.” Observing the selfless and diligent compassion of Bill, Scarlett said to herself, “If Bill would selflessly serve me with half the compassion he is displaying right now, I would love to spend the rest of my life with him.” They saw each other in a different light through servitude.
Not disclosing their inner feelings to each other, eleven months later Bill proposed to Scarlett before their church in North La. The proposal was a total shock to Scarlett. Since their yearning to be joined as husband and wife started the day the two visited CWOW, one year to the day they set up another day to serve at CWOW New Orleans. On that serve day, Bill and company lead worship. After worship, Bill gave his testimony about his rough patch and restoration process. Following his testimony, he shared with Scarlett before everyone how he felt on that day one year ago. With tears in her eyes and the same love and commitment she made in her heart for Bill one year ago, Scarlett said, “yes.”
Pastor Lawrence resided over the wedding. The service turned from a typical Saturday outreach to a wedding ceremony. Looking solely to serve, they found something valuable that would change their lives forever. Pray for Bill and Scarlett Boles as God leads them in His sovereign serendipity.
We, at CWOW New Orleans, are dedicated to the continuation of changing lives and encouraging growth and maturity. If this story along with the other successes of CWOW New Orleans has touched your heart, please consider financially supporting us. All donations are tax deductible as we are a 501c3 organization. Visit us on the web at www.cwownola.org or call (504) 232-7607