Hunger – It’s not just children with bloated stomachs in
Africa. It is here in the
United States too. Chances are hunger affects families not that far from your front door. The good news there is much we can do to alleviate hunger.
101 Ways – HUNGER #1 Have a food drive
Most towns have agencies that feed the hungry. They are always in need of more food. The easiest way you can get involved is to collect food for them and either deliver it or have them pick it up. The best way is to have a stretch goal with an adequate time limit. Usually you can plan one month to raise about 2 pounds of food per congregant. So if you have 500 in average attendance, if you advertised it well, you could collect at least 1000 pounds of food in four Sundays. This would be exciting for your church and those that get the food.
What are you and/or your church doing to help with hunger? Go above to Share How You Are Making A Difference and let us know.
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Next Post – Create a Food Pantry
I was talking to a woman today on the phone. It was her birthday and I called her to wish her well. I could tell she was down and we started to talk about her needs.
She is divorced and the father hasn’t been much help. She was laid off her job. She is trying to sell her house but the market is down. She had to dip into her 401 saving program to make it during Christmas.
I sat there on the other end of the phone listening with my heart aching and yet not knowing what to do that very moment. What would you do? What would your church do? That is what this blog is about. We have to find some answers.
Single women raising children is the fastest growing poverty demographic in America. Every church has pews full of women in this kind of situation. What are we doing about it? What can we do? Here are a few things I can think of:
Have a food pantry, have a support group, have a list of referral agencies that can help, offer budgeting, have a daycare that can discount prices on a sliding scale, increase your benevolent budget, have a job source constantly updated, do job training, find or create affordable housing, create part- time jobs that pay well, help them with legal help to get the father involved with support, work with other churches and agencies to address these and other issues. At Calvary we have started Calvary Charities to address some of these issues.
In the Bible, James writes in James 1:27, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.” Could a single woman trying to raise children in America be our “widow”?
What have you and your church been doing? Let us know.
I couldn’t believe it. I was in shock. Now, having been in ministry and social services, I have known that the church has lost some of the influence and impact that it once had. I had always hoped that we would get it back. But yesterday, I was really shocked.
I have another blog, Sozo – healing, wholeness and salvation. While I was putting books into the Sozo bookstore, I thought that I would do a search on Amazon for books on Healing. It took me pages and pages before I found a Christian book on healing. I was stunned and thought, “I have known for some time that the world doesn’t call the church anymore when catastrophe strikes. When people are in need the last any more to be called is a church. When communities consider those that can make a difference, most Pastors aren’t called. But healing? Surely we still have a corner on that market?” But sad to say, no – it is another birthright that we have traded for a cup of porridge.
The church is at a crisis. It is time we WALK THE TALK. It is time that we live like Jesus did and get into the streets and do something. Thankfully, some churches are and now with you and I and thousands others maybe many more churches will too.
If your church is making a difference, go to the Share How You Have Made A Difference page and share your testimony. You can write it, voice record it or attach photos. Hopefully you will do all three. I in turn will archive your story and share it with as many as will listen.
I pray that 2007 will be a year that we make a HUGE difference.