May 24, 2010

Outreach #15 (Provide Food)

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:34 pm by reacheachweek

This past weekend my husband, daughter, and I went to a fair called the Taste of Glen Ellyn.  Glen Ellyn is a town right next to Wheaton where we live (for those of you who are reading this blog and don’t live in the Chicagoland area).  After checking out some of the art exhibits at the fair we decided to get some lunch at one of the many food vendors represented there. 

We found a table and sat down to enjoy our food when a lady who looked to be in her 60’s sat down next to us.  I looked over at her and smiled trying to be polite, and then continued eating my sweet corn.  A moment later the lady looked at me with sweat pouring down her face and commented on how warm it was that day.  I agreed and told her we were supposed to get warmer temps as the week progressed.  As we were talking one of the hospitality workers politely interrupted and told the lady that she checked all of the food vendors and none of them took debit or credit cards.  The lady looked at me and proceeded to tell me that her bank’s ATM was down that morning and she was unable to get cash out to eat lunch that day.  Immediately I looked at my husband and said….”we are supposed to buy this woman lunch.”  My husband said he felt the exact same way.  So I asked the lady if I could buy her lunch.  At first she rejected my offer, and then I told her that I want to bless her today and it would be great if she would let me.  She then agreed so I bought her the food of her choice and brought it back to her at the table.

As we started to clean up our mess from lunch, the lady leaned over grabbed my hand and told me thank you once again.  I smile back at her and said God bless you and have a wonderful rest of the day!!

This outreach was 100% set up by the Lord.  I had a different outreach planned for last week and in one moment the Lord led me to bless a women with no money to eat at the time.  I love it when God chooses to use US to touch someone with his love.  There is no greater calling than this!!

May 17, 2010

Outreach #14 (Letter to a Solider)

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:13 pm by reacheachweek

My outreach for last week was to write a letter to a solider serving overseas.  I wrote a letter to a woman named Jessica who is serving our country in the U.S. Navy.  As I was writing this letter I began to think of all of the men and women who are risking their lives every day to defend and honor our wonderful Country. 

I am praying for Jessica.  She could be someone’s Mother, or a Wife, a Sister, or an Aunt…..I may not know her personally, but I know that our God does, and he loves her unconditionally!!  Please pray today for our men and women serving our country.  Pray for protection and for strength, and most importantly that they would come to know Jesus personally if they don’t already.  There is no greater relationship on earth!!

I wrote this verse in the letter that I sent to Jessica:

 The LORD watches over you—
       the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

     the sun will not harm you by day,
       nor the moon by night.

   The LORD will keep you from all harm—
       he will watch over your life;

    the LORD will watch over your coming and going
       both now and forevermore.   Psalm 121 5-8

May 11, 2010

Outreach #13 (Teacher Appreciation/Food Box Delivery)

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:32 pm by reacheachweek

Last week I had two opportunities to reach out.  First, it was Teacher Appreciation Week so I had originally decided that I was going to take some chocolates and a card over to Longfellow Elementary School (the elementary school that I attended as a kid) thanking the teachers for their hard work and dedication.  As I was praying the day before I was to deliver the chocolates, I felt like the Lord was leading me to give the box of chocolates to some dear friends, Amy and Brian McInerny.  Amy and Brian are in my small group at church and they are both teachers and incredible people with a heart for God!  I delivered the chocolates to Amy and told her how much I appreciate her.  I realized (through prayer) that outreach doesn’t always have to be to someone who you don’t know.  Sometimes the people closest to us need to be reached out to the most.  I want to make myself available for God to use at any time to reach out with his love to strangers, as well as to my dear friends.

The second part of my outreach last week was to deliver a box of  food to a family in need.  My church, Harvest Bible Chapel, is delivering boxes of food over the next three months to an apartment complex in Aurora. Most of the families living in this apartment complex are on welfare or are struggling financially.  My husband Rick and I delivered a box of food on Saturday along with some flowers in honor of Mother’s Day. 

When we knocked on the apartment door one of the girls (who looked to be in junior high) opened the door with a smile on her face.  I told her we were there to deliver food and to drop off some flowers for her Mom.  Her Mom yelled from the back hallway, “I would come out, but I  don’t look decent.”  We told her not to worry about it.  We would be back in two weeks with another box of food.  I also told her we left some flowers for her and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!  Her other daughter (who looked to be in high school) said thank you, and then we left. I am hoping that the next time we deliver food we will get a chance to sit down and talk with the Mom and her daughters.

I’m looking forward to reaching out again this week.  There is nothing greater in this world than being used by God to touch people with HIS unconditional LOVE!

May 4, 2010

Outreach #12 (Almost Home Kids Donation)

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:08 pm by reacheachweek

Last Friday I went and visited an organization called Almost Home Kids.  Here is a little bit about the Almost Home Kids Organization.  I copied and pasted this from their website.  You can read more about their wonderful organization by going to www.almosthomekids.org

At Almost Home Kids, our mission is to enhance the lives of children facing serious and ongoing medical challenges.

Almost Home Kids is a not-for-profit children’s care center. Founded by parents of medically fragile children; this 10-bed facility is housed in a 4,000 square foot home set on 2.5 acres of land. It is the first of its kind in the nation and the only one in Illinois. It is recognized as a multidisciplinary model of excellence for the short-term clinical care of children who are medically fragile and who may also be technology-dependent.

Children in the Respite Care program are welcome up to two weeks a year, and the 120-day Transitional Program serves as a bridge between hospital and home.

The child-friendly decor and beautifully landscaped grounds make Almost Home Kids a wonderful “home-away-from-home.”

On their website are listed some of the needs they have at their facility.  I went and purchased some of these items and delivered them to Almost Home Kids. 

When I dropped off the donation I was greeted by a sweet lady who took us on a tour of the facility.  There were precious babies and kids hooked up to oxygen tanks and all sorts of medical devices.  It literally brought me to tears.  I silently prayed for each one of those precious children.  It’s hard to understand why these things happen to babies, but I know that our God is sovereign and that he is holding each one of these precious little babies in his loving arms.

Today my question is….will you take time to say a prayer for the staff who work here, and for the children who are cared for here?  “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”  Ephesians 6:18

Almost Home Kids Facility