Looking back it’s been a year of surprises, and a lot of connections to our community!
We can’t believe this year went so fast! It seems like a blink!
Our last outreach of this year. We’ve adopted several families and organizations to support. People pick a tag from our giving tree after Sunday services. They shop, fill the dot bag with their purchases, and return. We then deliver the items in the dot bags to school counselors to take the gifts to the families. We also deliver the items purchased to organizations that reach out to moms in need.
Our Thanksgiving outreach was a lot of fun. People gathered, picked up dinners, and headed out to serve families in low-income areas. We delivered the dinners, prayed, and encouraged the families.
We put our dinners in the car and paused to decide where we should go. Pattie says, “I think we should go to the Laundromat.”
We pull in, picked up a Thanksgiving dinner out of the car, and knocked on a family’s car window and say, “Hi. We have a Thanksgiving dinner for you.” The young surprised mom says, “You’re kidding!?” “Nope, not kidding.”
She and her daughter get out of the car. We explain who we were and what we were doing.
During the conversation, we discovered the young mom lost her job, was trying to catch up with bills, and adjust to her new job. Her son had spent time in the hospital. This was the reason she lost her job. We had a wonderful conversation.
At the end of our time together we prayed and encouraged the family. Right time! Right place!
Monday after the outreach we delivered Thanksgiving dinners to the school counselors in Tipp City. They were so encouraging and excited! The counselors then delivered the dinners to their families in need.
Students Serve Students!
A group of high school students decided to love and serve their fellow students. They created small envelopes with a small gift card. Then placed the envelops in every students locker. The gift card is to to our coffee shop in Tipp City. Grounds for Pleasure. It’s fun to partner with our schools!
Pop-Up Outreach… Salt and Light.
We heard the news… “People could receive a discount if they shopped dressed up like a witch.”
We decided to be a presence in our community to serve, love, and pray. We had great conversations, and we were able to pray for several people who needed prayer. People were grateful for the water or a cup of hot chocolate. One couple who lived in Tipp Ciity stopped and thanked us for being in the community. They were prayer walking and popped by. One of our connections was with a group of students from University of Dayton on a film shoot. I noticed one of our team praying for a student. At the end of the prayer they hugged.
It’s been interesting. We are finally able to help Naples / Fort Myers Florida. We gathered items to send for relief. We were all packed up and ready to go when the truck pulling the trailer suddenly lost the power steering unit. The delay fell just before the Thanksgiving holidays so we could not send the trailer.
The trailer arrived Monday! We are grateful for everyone who gave and served.
Seeking to do good is sometimes messy. However, it’s always worth the effort. Keeping the end in mind (families being cared for) helped us to push through obstacles and difficulties.
We are continuing to press ahead and are grateful and thankful for the opportunities we have to influence others for good.
If you are thinking about year end giving we’d be grateful! Thanks!
Steve and Pattie