Two Great Outreach Opportunities

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:

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.

Why Kindness To Go Intentional Outreach? Everyone can play!

October is a great month to tap into our culture in a safe, fun, family friendly way.

Why Kindness To Go After Sunday Services?

More people are already gathered for Sunday services. Kindness To Go creates a fun, family-friendly outward-focused environment. More people attend a Sunday service than attend a planned Saturday Outreach.

Upper Room Ohio is mostly attended by young families. They are active in their kids activities and have little extra time. Kindness to go on a Sunday is an encouraging way to enable families to reach out to their community.

“My kiddos wanted to bless their teachers! They handed the gift to them. It was so sweet to hear the teachers reaction and looking through the goodie bag. ‘Oh, this will be a treat on break today! Thank you boys for your kindness.’” A mom @ Upper Room.

Most successful people in outreach tune in to the Holy Spirit and intentionally listen for His prompting. They then respond to what they hear. They are intentional by learning how to share the Good News in a way people can hear and understand. They also have learned how to pray for people by allowing the Holy Spirit to direct their praying. They take risks.

Kindness-to-go is a great way to help people to begin to take first steps into the arena of Outreach.


All outreach is an intentional act.

There is no random.

There is intentional planning, shopping, packing, creating, going and sharing the Good News.

Titus 3:4-5 NASB “When the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us.

Who appeared? Jesus. He was not a random act of kindness! Father, Son, and Holy Spirit intentionally decided to redeem us. They did not randomly choose an Angel. They intentionally chose Jesus, The Son.

Ephesians 1:5 (NASB1995)

He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,

Ephesians 1:9 (NASB1995)

He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him. (Jesus)

People are reached as believers intentionally plan to go, give, serve, and share the Good News.


Connect Card Front. Back has Name, Address & Web.

Here’s how we plan:

  • We plan by picking a date.
  • Designing and printing connect cards.
  • Purchasing the gift bags.
  • Purchasing the items at Costco or Sam’s Club.
  • Packing the gift bags.
  • Creating a great looking display near the exits.
  • Announcing Kindness To Go from the stage.

On the day someone holds up a gift bag, and encourages people to take one to someone they know needs encouragement, or to a drive through, or be creative during the week and give to someone you see. Allow the Holy Spirit to direct your steps. Use the gift bag as a bridge to share the Good News by praying with someone.

Story is everything!

I’ve been working on a short series of mini videos about the power of our stories.

Story is everything! …Fast Company.

A good story has a beginning, a middle, and a conclusion which is connected to life application.

People are drawn into story. Story enables us to imagine and think visually. Positive stories encourage the heart.

Most of us are moved emotionally when we hear stories about acts of genuine kindness.

People who share how they came through their personal crisis in a positive way encourage our own thought processes. How Jesus brought them through their crisis, their point of need, or having their prayers answered…a hopeful thought forms…”If it happened for you, maybe the positive outcome can happen for me.” 

Everyone who follows Jesus has stories. How we met Jesus. How we were provided for. How He strengthens us in our trials. How He changes us in a positive way. How He heals our hearts and our bodies. How he helps us raise our kids. Etc.

When we truly talk to people by listening to their story, we may be the one who has a fitting story of our own that may encourage their heart.

The next big step in the process of listening, and sharing our story, is to pray for the person and their situation. We can confidently invite The Holy Spirit to come upon them, and to meet their need bringing hope, peace, comfort, and healing.

Yesterday my neighbor shared her recent story.

During our casual conversation she mentioned her husband had passed away a couple of months ago. I listened, asked some questions, and gently replied by mentioning my father who died many years ago and how the grieving process takes time. I told her how three years after my father passed away I was sitting on my bed crying on his birthday. Pattie asked, “Why are you crying?” “I miss my dad.” I told my neighbor “I understand …just a little… of what you are going through.”

My neighbor replied, “Yes. Sometimes it’s a song I hear, or a memory floods my heart and moves me to tears.”

She then showed me her first-ever rose tattoo. All of her kids received a tattoo on the same day in remembrance. She’s 79 years old young. My story helped. She knew I understood, and cared enough to take the time to listen to her.

I’d encourage you to think about your life and the stories He has given to you. Maybe you could ask Jesus, “Thanks you for leading my life. Please remind me of the times you took care of me?”

Grab your notebook jot down your positive life giving memories.

The video is the first of a series.