Fall is in the air! Two great outreach opportunities for families in need… Thanksgiving and Christmas
When I think about outreach, I have to think about how many opportunities people have to participate before the outreach happens. In November, there are two weekends before the outreach on November 20th. This past weekend, October 31st, we launched the outreach to give people three opportunities to pick up an Ikea bag with instructions.
We gather on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, November 20th. We go to several low-income apartments and homes near Upper Room. This year we also have reached out to the schools in our area to help families in need.
If you’d like to read how to set up the Thanksgiving Outreach go to: Kindnesstogo.com
We are in process of developing a post card to put in each Ikea bag.
It’s the same with Christmas. We are partnering with the Tipp City Schools to reach families in need. We launch the outreach Sunday, November 21st, to have three opportunities for our people to adopt a family. They will bring the filled gift bags to Upper Room by Tuesday, December 14th. We deliver the Christmas bags to the school counselors and they make sure the families receive their gifts.
Creating opportunities that are meaningful, fun, and family friendly encourage people to live an outward-focused life.
A Lost Sheep!
This past week I went shopping for a chair for our living room. When I went into the chair area, I was startled by a homeless man sitting on one of the chairs. His belongings were in a white garbage bag at his feet. His clothes and shoes were tattered.
I said Hi! Then continued my search for the chair. As I was searching, I had an impression to give the homeless man some cash for breakfast.
I paid for the chair and went to my car to get the money I keep for such occasions.
I went into the store and began my search for the man. I walked the whole store twice. I could not find him. After 15 minutes of searching, I finally found him. As I approached I mentioned my name. I told him I had some money to give him for breakfast or whatever he needed.
As our conversation flowed, I mentioned he reminded me of the one lost sheep the Good Shepherd went to find. I told him I searched for him for fifteen minutes because Jesus is the Good Shepard and cares about his life.
I shared my story about my life before Jesus, drugged up, lost, no hope, shame, and rejected. I then shared my story after Jesus. Found, safe, traveled the world, had three great sons, and had a great wife. If Jesus could do this for me, He could bring restoration to his life.
I encouraged him to seek help and to turn to Jesus.
As we go along our way we can make time to stop for the one.