- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

PATOKA, Ind. (AP) - Visit Fulton Speed Wash in Princeton and you might run into Anne Voyles cleaning a stranger’s laundry.

Voyles, of Patoka, says her Laundromat ministry is what she was called to do. She began it about four years ago after getting the idea from a church where she was vacationing in Arizona.

“I love doing laundry,” said the mother of five, “I don’t mind it.”

It takes about $60 per visit to wash and dry clothes for four or five people, Voyles told the Princeton Daily Clarion (https://bit.ly/1x6LKb9 ). She waits until she has a good amount of money because she doesn’t want to turn people away. Sometimes they’ll even call her up for help.

“Some people can’t believe there’s no catch,” she said.



Voyles asks whoever’s in the Laundromat if she can bless them with her ministry, invites them to church if they don’t already have one, and gives them a tract.

“Fifteen or $20 is a lot to people who don’t have much,” she said.

Three bottles of detergent is $25, she said.

“I want people to feel good about themselves,” she said.

Voyles keeps quarters in her car ash tray. She describes herself as a behind-the-scenes person who tries to help all people in different ways, including hitchhikers who need dinner and the homeless.

“They need clean clothes more than anybody,” she said.

If they don’t have clean clothes, they don’t feel good about themselves, which can make it difficult when on a job interview or just living everyday life.

“I just think it’s something God’s called me to do,” she said.

“I do count it as a privilege … to see their faces light up, and know I’ve saved them money,” Voyles said.

Oasis Assembly of God associate pastor Jeff Enochs says that Voyles was inspired to do it.

“She wanted to begin to do it, but you’ve got to have resources to do something like that,” Enochs said, “So her Sunday school class decided to help her; they all bring quarters in for her all the time.”

Enochs says that the church also gives quarters to help with the ministry, and that they always encourage members to “dream about what God could use you for. If God gives you an idea for ministry, then step out and do it.”

Sometimes people help out by giving her a single quarter, or several. Voyles appreciates every donation to her ministry. She says she hopes to keep cleaning laundry as long as she “has quarters and strength.”

“I feel we all can do something,” she said. “This is my calling.”

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Information from: Princeton Daily Clarion, https://www.tristate-media.com/pdclarion

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