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When road construction nearly drove Mukhtar Raja out of business, a local church saved the business, one tank of gas at a time. Raja’s convenience store was losing business because the construction project cut off many of the ways into the business. He was considering filing bankruptcy because he had seen a $100,000 reduction in business over several months. Just as he was about to give up, customers started showing up again. Raja said the first time the people showed up was right after a church service at a nearby church, so he knew someone must have mentioned it in the service. The pastor of the church says he asked church members to buy at least one tank of gas there as part of project to help people connect to the community. Raja, who is from Pakistan, and his wife, who is from Ukraine, said they feel like they have family in the United States because of the support they received. Raja added, “I’m very thankful to them. They basically woke me up…that good people exist out there. They don’t care what race you are…what religion you are, and that is unforgettable.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Strangers step up after business drops off for Shawnee owner, http://www.kctv5.com/story/23564783/strangers-step-up-after-business-drops-off-for-shawnee-owner, Accessed September 30, 2013.

Romans 15:2 (NASB) (2) Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.

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