28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.- Romans 8:28 (NLT)
I had great feedback from last week’s email about my struggle of where the line is between helping & enabling. My friend Samantha gave me some great insight.
“…Often times I think people have the mistaken idea that God is trying to teach people a life lesson through suffering. I personally think that is one of the biggest misconceptions perpetuated by western religion. While I believe that God does work ALL things for the good (as promised in Romans 8:28), I don’t think it is His plan or desire for his children to suffer anymore than it is our plan or desire to have our own children suffer. I don’t deny that I have learned a great deal from suffering or that sometimes people have issues with addictions or other poor choices that they may not learn from without experiencing the natural consequences of those choices. But, that doesn’t sound like the issue with the man you are talking about. More often than not, I think people suffer because not enough believers are being obedient to what God calls us to do. I know the needs are endless and the goal isn’t to make everyone middle class, but I do believe the goal should be to help our brothers and sisters and eliminate suffering while we share Gods unconditional love. Just my two cents for what it’s worth.
God Bless, Samantha”
I love the fact you can hear the passion in her email to really “Love People” which is what we are all called to do. If we can just do that everything else falls into place. Thanks for sharing Samantha and it was worth more than two cents!
*VOLUNTEER DELIVERY SCHEDULE CHANGE*
Jesus Was Homeless food making and delivery will change due to the holiday’s. See new schedule below:
Thursday, December 24th will be moved to Wednesday, December 23rd
Thursday, December 31st will be moved to Wednesday, December 30th
We are going to drill down some of the information we received from our Thanksgiving Dinner survey. Based on the top 3 responses for “Life Skill” classes we are going to survey the individual motels that we deliver to and see if there is enough response to actually put together a class or classes. Based on the information that I sent out, I’m looking for suggestions for additional fact finding. Is there anything else you, a social service agency or non-profit would like to know from individual motels? Please let me know ASAP and thanks ahead of time for your help.
If FREE 90-minute Life Instruction classes were available at my motel for 5 weeks I would attend – Yes No
Money Management & Credit Repair – Yes Maybe No
Small Group/Spiritual Living – Yes Maybe No
Nutrition, Wellness, & Cooking for Motel Life – Yes Maybe No
Best Night – M T W T F S SN
Best Time – 5:30 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00
We’re so saddened to have to report that Audrey’s son, Grant Patrick passed away Friday morning. May we all lift up this family to Our Lord during this time of their tremendous heartache.
*THANKSGIVING PRAYER REQUESTS*
Please keep Amanda safe – Anonymous
Family, friends & the homeless – Breanna
For the soldiers fighting for our freedom – Anonymous
For Monty Burke, Jeff Burke & Brenda Collison
For a healthy baby and safe delivery in March – Yvonne & David Fisher, Hollister Inn
For health for Baby Daniel & Sipes family
For full time employment in Kimberling City – Deanna Dyer
For healing for Bob & Reatha Juden, their son Tyler Juden, age 23, was killed in action September 12th by enemy fire in Turan, Afghanistan
*HOPE ON THE ROAD BUS*
Abby Lewis with the Hope on the Road Bus is looking for “Spirit Filled” volunteer bus drivers for the upcoming “Loaves & Fishes” season beginning January 2nd, 2010. If you have a CDL and would like to drive a few nights a week please contact Abby at 417-336-8234 or by email at email@example.com
*LOAVES & FISHES*
If you missed the meeting but still have questions or would like to sign up, it’s not too late. Please contact Dee Klein at 335-4599 or Sue Head at 593-9127. The third annual Loaves & Fishes program will run from Saturday, January 2nd through Monday, March 15th at the following locations: Mondays – First Baptist Branson; Tuesdays – Church Army Branson; Wednesday – Our Lady of the Lake; Thursdays – Branson United Methodist; Fridays – First Presbyterian Church; Saturdays – Faith Lutheran Church; Sundays – Salvation Army. Each night doors open at 5:30 p.m. and meals are served until 6:45 p.m.
I received an email from John Presley that he is starting a website for opportunities to volunteer in and around Branson. This is a fantastic idea and much needed. If you haven’t received his email yet but use volunteers reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will be a great place to direct individuals and businesses looking to volunteer.