Faithful Friday – Giving

‘Tis the season for giving!

 Mother Theresa said, “Give, but give until it hurts.”

 

Acts 20:35 – I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
There are literally thousands upon thousands of charities that one could support.  Today I thought I would share several – some that you probably have never heard of –  that we (and our church) support.
Haiti
We have been supporting a work in Haiti founded by Pastor Joseph Rene for years.  He is not only a personal friend of ours, but he is a man of integrity and grace.  Pastor Rene is Haitian and has dual citizenship in Haiti and in the USA.  My husband has been to Haiti many times over the years to lead pastor conferences and to help out in any way that he could.  During the aftermath of the horrible earthquake of 2010, my husband raised over $10,000 to send to Pastor Rene in order to help out.  It was just a tiny drop in a very large bucket, but every little bit helps.
Once when my husband was ministering in Haiti, a little orphan boy named LuLu rushed up to him with a look of excitement that he could barely contain.  He was so proud of the fact that he had made my husband a beautiful bracelet out of strips from an Quaker Oats box.  My husband is not one that cries easily, but he can’t retell the story without shedding a tear and that bracelet has a place of honor on our dresser so that we can see it every day and remember to pray for the people of Haiti.faithful Friday - giving
Good Samaritan Colony is a local drug and alcohol rehab program.  When our church had a desire to help locally, we asked one of our creative team members to find a place in our community that we could support on a weekly basis.  After much research, she reached out to Good Samaritan Colony and asked how we could be of help.  The administrator she spoke with was in shock and could barely speak.  He had never had any church offer to help their ministry before.  He mentioned that they were always in need of nonperishable food items.  So we set up a place in our fellowship hall with a large bin for people to bring food items.  The first time my husband dropped off a trunk full of groceries, the administrator had tears in his eyes.  He yelled to the cook, “Look, we have ketchup!”  The cook had just mentioned that they were out of ketchup a few minutes before the groceries arrived.  Isn’t God good?
I’m sure you all know about Hospice.  This is their mission statement: “At Hospice of Chesterfield County, our mission is to provide quality compassionate care and support for patients and their families.  With the family as primary caregivers, we offer assistance in meeting the physical and emotional demands of the family member, mostly in the comfort of their own homes and skilled nursing facilities. Our goal is to provide this professional service of pain relief and symptom management to as many people as possible.  At Hospice of Chesterfield County, we want everyone to live out their days with the highest quality of life possible.”
The one thing you may not know is that Hospice is always in need of nonperishable food items as well as toiletry supplies.  We also have a bin set up to collect items on a weekly basis.
I think Operation Christmas Child is the perfect opportunity to teach children how to give.  Our FaithKidz class collected shoe boxes and the entire church got involved by giving money towards this project.  The children helped pack the boxes and wrapped them.   And they were taught several lessons on giving.
I was honored to be one of their guest speakers.  I talked to them about other countries that I had visited and my first hand look at the poverty that so many children lived in.  I taught them what “asking alms” meant and showed them pictures of my visit to Israel and, in turn, asked them lots of questions.  And I reminded them how fortunate and blessed they all were!
During this Christmas season and on this faithful Friday, I’m thinking about all the great charities out there and I’m thinking about my father, God, who gave us the greatest gift of all.

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Theresa

 

What’s your favorite charity?

Comments

  1. Alli, such a wonderful post to remind us of the importance of giving and sharing. There are so many wonderful organizations that need our support. I worked for a hospice for 8 years and it was the most gratifying experience. I currently work for another non-profit and tomorrow, I have the privilege of working with another organization, made up of volunteers that work with local charities to provide holiday portraits for individuals and families throughout our community. When you see how happy something we take for granted can make someone, the feeling is impossible to express! I also love the Make a Wish Foundation – I’d make all the wishes come true if I could! :) Have a wonderful weekend!!! Hugs!
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    • I love the Make A Wish foundation, too. And St. Jude’s. There are so many wonderful charities out there. And you are so sweet to volunteer your time and efforts. Have a fantastic weekend!!

  2. This is a wonderful post with Giving encouragement. While I do support the Missionary field, I am a firm believer in local missions. There is so much poverty in the USA. As a social worker, I have seen a lot of sadness right here. There is a growing culture in America of grandparents raising their grands and great-grands. These grandparents no longer have the appropriate income to support raising children which leads to some of the worst poverty situations and sadness one could imagine to actually exist right here in America. All of the charities you named are marvelous. Operation Christmas Child local collections are over but folks can still support the project online for this season through the Samaritan’s Purse website.
    The story of your church supporting Good Samaritan Colony is so uplifting, thanks for sharing, Alli!
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    • I’m also a firm believer in supporting local missions. We also adopt families in the community that are going through hard times and help them have a Merry Christmas. Poverty is so widespread and when we all work together we can make a difference.

  3. Great post! So important to remember to give back, always, but especially this time of the year!
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  4. What a beautiful reminder ~ I love the bracelet Lulu made for your husband. What a treasure <3 ~Renee
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