June 28, 2010

Outreach #20 (Special Needs Carnival)

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:50 pm by reacheachweek

On Saturday Rick and I volunteered for a carnival that our church was putting on for children and adults with special needs.  It was absolutely AMAZING!!  I was blown away by how well the carnival was run.  There were games, live animals, lots of food, a DJ playing fun music, cotton candy and the list goes on!  It touched my heart to see these kids and adults have such a wonderful time.  I volunteered at one of the food tables distributing condiments and helping those who needed it put the right toppings on their burgers and hot dogs. 

I think there is a lot we can learn from those with special needs.  I pray that my heart will be as selfless, loving, and non-judgemental as these precious ones who were at the carnival!  I know the Lord looks down on each one of them with a  loving smile!  My prayer is for the parents/caretakers of these individuals with special needs.  For a long time my Mom took in kids with disabilities so I know first hand how difficult a job this can be.  Will you join me in praying  for strength and wisdom for these families?

“The Joy of the Lord is your strength.”  Nehemiah 8:10

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Outreach #19 (Walk For Life)

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:32 pm by reacheachweek

This summer has been jam-packed and breezing by so quickly that I haven’t had a chance to blog about the many outreach opportunities the Lord has blessed me with over the past few weeks!  Two weekends ago, my husband Rick, daughter Addison and I volunteered at a fundraising event for the Dupage Crisis Pregnancy Center.  We volunteered at the registration booth and then hiked the 2 1/2 miles to raise money for the center to help women make the right choice  for LIFE  and NOT abortion. 

It turned out to be a gorgeous day!  We prayed for the girls to have the courage to step into the crisis pregnancy center and seek help.  Some of the staff from the center read stories about women who were so thankful that they chose to seek direction in their decision to keep their babies. God is good!  Please continue to pray for all of the Crisis Pregnancy Centers nationwide that are encouraging women with God’s truth and the decision to choose LIFE!!

      For you created my inmost being;
       you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

       I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
       your works are wonderful,
       I know that full well.

       My frame was not hidden from you
       when I was made in the secret place.
       When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

       your eyes saw my unformed body.
       All the days ordained for me
       were written in your book
       before one of them came to be.

                                             Psalms 139:13-16

June 14, 2010

Outreach #18 (Encouragement to Others)

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:30 pm by reacheachweek

The other day as I was sorting through some old boxes I came across one of my old journals.  Of course it is always fun to read the things we wrote years ago.  One of the things I found in my journal was a poem that I wrote when I was serving as Outreach Pastor at a church in Colorado.  I thought I would share it with you today.

For the homeless who are hungry and haven’t eaten for days.

For the mother who is left alone with many children to raise.

For the teenage girl who is pregnant and feels confused and alone.

For the wife who is on her knees praying desperately for her husband to return home.

Through the storms of your life when all hope is lost,

Just remember you were bought by Jesus at a very high cost.

He hears every cry and wipes every tear,

He brings comfort and peace and takes away every fear.

He loves you so much no human word could define.

The love that He has for you is eternally divine!

 

The love of Jesus is truly amazing!!   I am so thankful that through the storms of my life I have a refuge in a God who is faithful and who loves me more than anyone else in this entire world!  My outreach last week was very simple.  I just made an effort to encourage those around me with the love of Jesus.  I made a phone call to a friend who is going through a very difficult time right now.  I genuinely complimented a lady that I didn’t know who was in the check out lane behind me at Target.  These gestures, though they seem small, really bless the heart of God!!

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another all the more as you see the day approaching”                                                                                                                                                      Hebrews 10:24-25

June 8, 2010

Outreach #16 & 17 (Prayer and Laundry Outreach)

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:56 pm by reacheachweek

I haven’t blogged about my outreaches for the past two weeks due to the fact that I was in the process of moving.  I am now settled in my new place, but I still don’t have my internet hooked up. 😦  My Mom is gracious enough to let me borrow her computer until I am connected again.

The week of Memorial Day is when I moved, so I wasn’t able to find the time to really get out into the community and reach out.  I prayed that week that the Lord would bring something to mind that would be quick and yet an impacting outreach.  As I spent that time in prayer I felt that God was really calling me to intercede for the troops serving in war and for their families, so that is what I did.  At first I felt like this was a cop-out of doing an actual outreach, but then I was reminded that outreach is really Jesus working through us to touch someone in a special way.  What better way to do that then through prayer!!  Can I get an amen?!! 🙂

Last week my husband and I went to the bank and took out five dollars in quarters.  We then headed to a laundry mat in a lower-income part of town.  I prayed on the way there that God we lead me to the right person to give this money for laundry to.  As we drove up there was a women sitting outside of the laundry mat on a chair.  I got out of the car and walked up to her.  I asked her if she could use $5 for laundry.  She told me that she had finished her laundry for today, but that she has to come often to do her laundry and she could really use the money.  I handed her the envelope containing the $5 worth of quarters.  She shook my hand and said bless you.  I asked her name and told her that I would be praying for her in the weeks to come and that Jesus loved her so much!  She thanked me again, and I started to walk back to my car.  For some reason when I got back into the car I began to cry.  I just felt like God had really used me to bless that woman.  He even had her sitting outside for me when I arrived.  Wow, what an amazing God we serve!!