August 31, 2010

Outreach #23 (Backpack Outreach)

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:20 pm by reacheachweek

A couple of weeks ago our church handed out backpacks to the congregation to fill with school supplies for kids that live in a low-income area of Aurora.  My husband and I had so much fun buying all of the supplies to fill the bag up with.  We even bought a gift card to McDonald’s for our kid.  Ever since we have dropped the bag off, we have thought and prayed for the child who received that bag. 

It has to be rough to be in school these days!  The lack of morals and disrespect for God in our school’s today is absolutely heart breaking!!  All we can do is get on our knees and pray, and that’s exactly what I am going to do!

“But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”    

Psalm 55:11

August 2, 2010

Outreach #22 (Divine Appointment)

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:53 pm by reacheachweek

It’s been a few weeks since I have blogged about opportunities to reach out each week.  I’m finding that instead of strategically planning a way to reach out each week that the Lord is really just setting up divine opportunities for me to help someone in need.  For instance, last week I was at Wal-Mart and before I started my shopping I had to run to the bathroom (this is happens a lot when you are expecting! :-). 

As I was washing my hands I heard a lady in one of the stalls coughing and sounding very sick.  I wanted to ask if she was okay, but I didn’t want to bother or embarrass her.  When I walked outside the bathroom I noticed a guy standing next to the bathroom with a wheelchair.  I asked him if he was waiting on someone in the Women’s restroom.  He told me his sister was in there and he was really worried about her because she has had a lot of medical problems over the last year.  I asked if I could offer his sister a bottle of water.  He said that would be wonderful.  I went and grabbed a bottle of water out of a case of water that I was going to purchase.  I handed it to the man and asked him to give it to his sister.   Before I walked away I told the man I would pray that his sister would feel better.  He smiled and said thank you.

I didn’t go to Wal-Mart that day expecting to reach out to someone, but thankfully the Lord gave me the opportunity.  It’s really neat that in this process to tangibly touch someone’s life each and every week, it has really become a LIFESTYLE!!  My prayer is that even after my 52 week challenge, I continue to live like Jesus and bless those around me DAILY!!