April 27, 2010
Last week my husband and I helped CareNet Pregnancy Center with their bottle fundraiser. We were given 150 empty bottles that we needed to stick stickers on that read “Coins For CareNet”. We also attached a little piece of paper that asked about the person who was filling the bottle with coins. We are going to deliver these bottles to a few churches in the area who are then going to distribute them to their congregations. My prayer is that each one of these bottles is filled not only with loose change, but also with the prayers for CareNet who is making a difference in the lives of many women to make a choice AGAINST abortion.
If you are reading this blog today, I would ask that you would take just a moment out of your day to pray for this wonderful ministry. As James 5:16 says, “The prayer of a righteous man (woman) is powerful and effective.” Let’s get on our knees in faith believing for God to continue to use this ministry for HIS glory!!
If you would like to volunteer for Carenet you can visit their website at http://www.carenetdupage.com/carenet/ .
April 22, 2010
Last Saturday my church, Harvest Bible Chapel in Naperville did a church wide outreach. The event was called Compassion Day and the task was to serve 50 different places (i.e. women’s shelters, schools, parks, food pantries, jails, and the list goes on). Some people painted schools, while others organized and handed out food at a food pantry. I led a group to a place that takes care of mentally disabled kids and adults. Our task was to clean up the grounds of this facility. We raked leaves, picked up sticks, picked weeds, cleaned patio furniture, and swept the sidewalks.
When we were finished cleaning the grounds I asked the supervisor at the facility if there was anything else we could do for them, and she just smiled and said the yard looked wonderful! I sometimes wonder who outreach really touches more….the person receiving the service, or the person doing the service? I’ve come to the conclusion that I really believe the person doing the service feels the most blessed! 🙂 To God be the glory.
April 13, 2010
When I woke up on Friday morning I decided to bless someone in line behind me at Starbuck’s with a free drink of their choice. When I arrived at one of the busiest Starbuck’s in Wheaton the place was desolate. There were a few people at tables talking and drinking their coffee beverages, but there was absolutely no one in line. This was very unusual for this Starbuck’s location. I decided after ordering my drink to hand the cashier a five dollar bill. I told her to buy the drink of the next person who walks in. The cashier looked at me with a confused expression on her face. She said she didn’t understand why I would do that. I told her that I just wanted to bless someone today with a free coffee. She told me that was very nice thing to do and that not many people are that giving. I smiled and once again told her I just want to bless someone because I am so blessed. I didn’t elaborate that my blessing was really knowing Jesus the giver of all good things. I kind of regreted not being more vocal about that, but my prayer is that I at least sowed a seed of what God’s love looks like.
I don’t know who received that free coffee, but I hope that whomever it was it brought a smile to their face. I prayed on my way home from Starbuck’s for the employee’s at that particular Starbuck’s along with the person who was told their drink was free. I kept thinking of the verse in the Bible where Jesus tells us to love one another just as he loved us. He goes on to say, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35. That is my heart’s cry!! May people I know I am a disciple of Christ because of the way I love others!! AMEN!
April 8, 2010
Last weekend my husband, daughter, and I drove to Northwest Indiana to help my brother-in-law with an outreach that his church puts on annually at Easter time. It is called the Easter Fun Fest and over 500 people came through the church doors to play games, visit the Easter bunny, and win prizes. I was put in charge of the “Pin The Tail On The Bunny” game. Very similar to the donkey version except we used cotton balls instead of donkey tails. 🙂
Each person received a flyer advertising the Easter service that would be going on the following morning. It was so much fun to participate in this event and to volunteer to help my brother-in-law and sister with a HUGE and very succesful outreach to their community!
I took a bunch of pictures and I will post some of them in the next day or so.