Tonight our church started a new Missions outreach program. It's call Missions In Action. And that is exactly what it was. There were several different arenas in which to serve. You could do a project with the children, take food and visit with shut-ins, write letters to potential members or do some door to door visiting. Erik and I chose another option. We took $5.00 from the church's mission budget and went on our way to bless someone with it. We ended up teaming with 3 other people to make a total of 5 people and $15 dollars.
We sort of struck out on a blind mission, seeing that this was the first night of the program and it was all new territory for us all. It was decided that would head over to a Dollar General store and purchase as many groceries and personal items that the $15 (with a little added in) would buy. I was amazed at what we left with!
So then came the big problem...where to take it. We all said a quick prayer that God would lead us to the right house. It was hard!! We drove around for 15 minutes searching for the right house. Who knows if we found the right house, but we did find a deserving house. We were greeted rather tenatively at first but were quickly welcomed when he realized what was going on. We could barely get the words out of our mouths before he began reaching for the food items.
Needless to say, the blessing that we were trying to give was a success, but of equal importance was the blessing that we received. It was AWESOME! I can't wait until next month when we do it again. Wow! What an amazing experience!
Getting the taste of missions in your mouth is like eating a bite of creme brulee and wanting more. The reality that you can only do "so much" is a bitter pill. It is so important for us all to remember that the Mission field does not have to be Haiti or China. It's our own back yard. The needs are great and the missionaries are few.
But if you want to help on a greater level......check out this site.
You can click here Compassion International to donate to this great organization. This is what my family chose to do. It's a great organization that is firmly rooted in Christ and its main focus work is children.
My sweet Ella, who I think may be a missionary one day, is very concerned about the situation in Haiti. I'm not sure where she heard so much about it, as we don't watch the news and have not spoken about it with her. Anyway, on the way home from church today she said that we needed to pray for Haiti. In her innocence she then proceeded to tell me that some people in Haiti live in boxes and that something bad happened to Haiti and they can't find any more boxes to live in. What a precious picture of Christ's heart.
So tonight we gathered around the computer as a family and allowed Ella to type in the donation amount we chose to give. I know it is not as tangible an experience as actually "giving" a gift, but it was the most effective way to donate quickly to a much deserved cause. In two ways tonight I have been blessed. Just by blessing someone else. And isn't that what its all about?