“It is cold out there.” This winter has blown in with several nights of temperatures near and below freezing. Some people are homeless and cold while others have no heart or very little heat in their homes. Reality for many across our region gives us the opportunity to share with some people in need.
Last winter was excellent for our winter warming shelter, and this winter is affording us another opportunity to share God’s love in two different locations. We will have a shelter at Martinsville’s Salvation Army and Bassett Memorial United Methodist Church beginning next Tuesday, December 1st. I am once again overjoyed and amazed at the outpouring of our community to serve those in need, and the people in our community I have shared our desire to have a permanent shelter for men and families are beginning to see the need in greater ways.
With 2 shelters we need more volunteers and more resources to serve with. Will you help us? The people who have made the past year’s project possible came from several different churches and organizations and walks of life.
This project has reminded me a few things that I have learned, re-learned or been totally convinced of. Check these out with me…
1 John 3:17 NLT
If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?
When we see a need and can do something about it, we should do something. It is amazing the feeling you get when you help someone in need, but we don’t do it for the feeling we get. Doing nothing, shows we don’t care. If we do something, we demonstrate the love of God.
Philippians 2:2 NLT
Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
Together we are stronger. We can accomplish more by choosing to work together. This is true on many different levels. Whether a ball team or a business, people who work together accomplish so much more.
The same is true when people from the same community but from different churches come together to make a difference in the lives of the people in that same community who have a need. We love where we live. We love the people around us. We make a difference when we begin to deal with the needs around us.
Matthew 25:40 NLT
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
Remember this important truth: when we serve others, we are serving God. This is the burning passion of my heart. I have met some incredible people while working on the winter / warming shelter. Some of these people are young. Some of these people are retired. Of the people on this volunteer team the youngest is a teenager, and the oldest is in their eighties. More of those type people, available people, are needed. Send me an email (email@example.com) or call Sharon at 276-734-5882 to join this great team of people
We are making a difference by serving one person at a time. We serve to share Jesus with those we serve. I cannot wait to see what God does next!