Goodlettsville, TN—After watching her car consumed by flames, Morgan Carter was desperate for a miracle.
While sitting in the Chick-fil-A drive thru for lunch while her two young children were in daycare, Carter noticed her car was smoking. She pulled out of the drive thru line and parked the car. As she stood to the side watching the car burn, she began to panic. It was her family's only vehicle and Carter had no idea how she would afford to replace it.
Todd Hunley, the owner of the restaurant, and his friend, Pastor Kevin Cook, immediately began discussing how they could help Carter. Hunley was friends with an auto shop owner who he knew was selling a van.
"So, I drove Pastor Cook down. It was probably about two or three miles from my store. We picked up the van and drove it back and handed the lady the key and a title. She was just, bless her heart, so overwhelmed at the generosity," Hunley said. "She was thinking, 'This is something you see on TV that happens to other people.'"
Cook's church paid for the cost of the van and Hunley gave Carter an additional $500 for her family. When she realized the car was hers, Carter was in shock.
"I was hysterical," she said. "I was crying and I was happy at the same time, but still in shock from just everything that was going and for it to just end so wonderful is just amazing."
Hunley and Cook don't see what they did as radical. They were simply attempting to demonstrate God's kindness.
"It's the coolest thing in the world when God gives you these opportunities. It was really neat just to be part of it," Hunley said. "By nature, we are selfish people, but when we do have that DNA of Christ in us, it changes everything. It's hard for us as human beings to look out for other people's needs and things like that, but that is what the cool part about Jesus being in our lives is, that he changes that and gives us those opportunities to reach out to people, whether we know them or not."