Matthew 19:14 (NLT) --- But Jesus said, "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children."
This will be our 3rd year to serve our community the back2school outreach. The first year we helped over 100 kids, the second year (last year) we served more than 500, and this year we are set to reach 1,500 kids. Yep. That number is right. Those kids will receive a new backpack and school supplies as well as haircuts and clothes. One of the sweet and biggest pieces are brand new shoes and volunteers will wash each child's feet and talk to them about their hopes and dreams.
That happening makes my heart jump and even makes my heart stop. This is a big deal. And you are needed to make this happen. Your hands are needed to serve. Your dollars are needed to help fund this as the total needed is well over $20,000. That is God sized, both the number of kids and the amount of money needed.
Why are we doing this? There is one reason behind it all. There is one person at the heart of it. These people we will be serving need hope that lasts and that fills their dreams.
John 10:10 (NASB) --- The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
The thief = Satan, and he is a liar. The I is Jesus, and he wants to give life, real life to people who need it.
I want to challenge you and me to reach out to people who need hope and give them hope. Reach out to people who are hurting and broken giving them comfort and healing. Reach out to people who are down and out lifting them up.
We are making a difference every day at The Community Fellowship. This is a big deal. It is a big deal because the people around us need the hope that only comes from Jesus. Will you right where you are help people find hope and see Jesus? Will you join us and help 1,500 kids in our community see Jesus in action as we meet a real need and share with them hope that lasts? This is a big deal.