In 2004, we bought a home next to the Camp Pendleton Marine Base in California. The current wars had started and we saw hundreds of young men and women everyday who were either going to war or who had just returned. We felt as if everyone we saw was our own son or daughter.
Injured Marine & Family
Then one night, a Marine knocked on our door. He had gotten back home to his wife and two kids. He discovered that while he was in Iraq and recuperating from injuries that his wife had lost her job, their family car and that their utilities had been turned off! – Despite his extreme fatigue and injuries, he acted immediately. – He dropped his bags and began walking down the street and knocking on neighbors’ doors. He came to ours. “Sir,” he said, standing as straight as he could. “Do you have any work or repairs that I can do for you so that I can get my lights turned on in my house again?”
His entreaty hit us like a ton of bricks! Our hearts broke. – We gave him some work and some money. But we also promised to think of something so that other Marines would not have to go this. – After several days of prayer, the idea came to us of creating a free website for local patriotic citizens to use to hire Marines when they needed help with chores and repairs around their homes and yards.
We asked around and found that web companies wanted many thousands of dollars to build the website we envisioned! But we did not have the money. And so we went to prayer again. – I asked the Lord if we should take a loan on our fully paid for home. Then the phone rang. – It was a realtor canvassing our neighborhood. “I have someone in my office who wants to buy a home in your area and I am calling to see if you are interested in selling your house.” – A couple of hours later, we agreed to sell our home to the lady she brought over. And we used this money to build HireMarines.com and to pay for upgrades, job fairs, marketing materials, and marriage retreats, as well as for the hundreds of other things we thought of doing for our local warriors and residents.