Macon Woman Receives Free Car from Stranger

11:05 PM, Aug 16, 2012   |    comments
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Imagine having to always depend on public transportation and then one day, out of the blue, someone hands over the keys to their car and says it's yours to keep for free.
That's what happened to one Macon woman who spent time at a rescue mission trying to turn her life around.
Marie Ballew is Overcome by tears of joy after receiving a car from a total stranger.

" I'm like, shocked that someone would chose me of all people. I mean, I just want to get on my knees and thank God. It's just amazing. It's just an amazing feeling. I still can't wrap it around my head, my brain," said Marie Ballew.

Jeff Nicklas, Executive Director of the Macon Rescue Mission says a man called his office Monday wanting to donate a car to someone in need. Nicklas says he immediately thought of Ballew because of all that she's overcome and all that she does for others..

" She's got a fulltime job, finds time for the Dove Center and she does church work but she doesn't have a vehicle. She's riding the bus to all these stops."

But not anymore.

" You mean no more city bus? They gone miss me. They gone miss my business (laughs)," said Ballew.

Ballew says her life has been difficult but one by one, prayers have been answered ever since she turned to the Macon Rescue Mission after leaving an abusive relationship. At the time, she says her 3 year old daughter Joy was only 5 weeks old.

" I didn't see a light at the end of the tunnel at that moment. I had faith but that faith was as small as a mustard seed. Now it's grown a lot bigger and I'm just starting to see God's almighty hand move in my life in mysterious ways."

Ballew says receiving her blessing on wheels has inspired her to do even more for others and share her testimony that anything is possible.
Ballew says she has never had a car before.
She says she has always either ridden the bus or carpooled.
Now she has a Dodge Durango to call her own thanks to the kindness of a stranger.

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