As we approach the end of the year, we are evaluating how we can do better. We need to be better at sending out Thank-You cards. We truly are grateful for every person that supports us. We are finally starting to get more help in the office so I believe the New Year will see many improvements. We are excited about how much was accomplished in this year and we know it will be even better next year.
We have been sorting and organizing toy for several weeks now. We can see we still have a huge need for gift items for ages 14-18. We could use sports balls for boys. They are only $5 at 5Below. We could also use headphones they could connect to their phones. They have these for boys and girls. I know the Bluetooth ones are popular right now. We could use grooming items for boys and girls as well as jewelry and make-up for the girls. These are just a few ideas. Use your creativity and help us out. Also we need to come together as the body of Christ right now and be on the lookout for families in need. If you know of a family that is having a hard time, please call us with their information and we will be happy to take care of them for Christmas.
How To Help!
There are many ways to help. Be proactive. Give us a call after reading this and let us know what you can do. The needs we have are huge and it will literally take an army of believers to conquer. Pick one or more ways you can help.
1. If you are a business owner, you could put a box at your location with one of our flyers to collect toys for the Toy Ministry.
2. We do utility assistance in the amount of $75. You could send in $75 for each family in need you would like to sponsor.
3. You can use the insert of this newsletter and go shopping for toys for the Toy Ministry or fill one or more request for holiday meals, or you could just send a check for however many holiday meals you would like to sponsor at $25 each.
4. You could donate your time in the distribution of holiday meals or toys.
5. You can gather your Bible study team or a group of friends and do a toy drive to collect toys for the Christmas Toy Ministry.
6. You can send a check designated to a specific purpose and we will make sure it gets spent on that specific purpose.
We are also still saving for the Ann Skinner home for women and children!
We know this is a busy time of year but, we as Christians have a very important role to play. Every day as we go out among the hustle and bustle of life we need to keep our eyes open. Let’s not be so busy doing our shopping that we forget about the Father’s business. We are the hands and feet of Jesus. Let’s let him shine through us. A kind word goes a long way when emotions are high. Look around at the people God has placed around you and share the love of Christ. This does not mean you have to have an alter call in the shopping mall. This simply means being extra kind to the people around us. Say nice things to your check out person. They have probably been dealing with rude people for hours already. Give somebody a hug. Take a neighbor a plate of cookies. Invite someone over for tea. Buy a family some tickets to a Christmas play. Sponsor a family to drive through the lights at the Botanical Gardens. Write a letter to your child’s teacher. Call a few people and pray for them. There are so many ways to show kindness. Now, put this letter down and go out and bless someone.
When the Giver Becomes the Receiver!
Several weeks ago we were able to go on a mission trip to install a roof for a dear older friend of the ministry. We took the guys from the Discipleship Program, our children and Roscoe, our faithful guard dog and we set out to work hard and accomplish something for this gentleman that he could no longer do for himself. It was an amazing time of fellowship and productivity. It was amazing to be able to be such a blessing. When we were on our way out the door he handed me a check for $10,000 towards the home for women and children. Needless to say, we all cried. He will have his name on one of the rooms that will accommodate our precious women and children. We went there on a mission to bless and left as the ones who had been blessed. This was awesome for the guys to see that their efforts not only helped a man that needed a roof, but also help to fund the Ann Skinner Home for Women and Children. Merry Christmas!