Monday, August 24, 2009

Cairns - Working Together

This time of year many things "begin" and "re-start." It's great soil for needs to be recognized and people to be motivated to work together to accomplish goals & help others. It's the season for worship ministry retreats, new community groups, PTSA meetings, support group gatherings, and new prayer groups. Anticipation and planning are in the air (the hot, humid August air). You can't do (nor should you do) it all, but we are obedient to do "good works" as evidence of Christ in us when we contribute where our gifts make a difference.

I shared about our church clothing drive held before school started. It was a wonderful way to meet needs of many who have experienced need before and some who are experiencing it for the first time. The Back to School ministry was the result of many people working hard to make it happen, people who worked together to give out Jesus' love to as many as they could reach.

Eph. 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we would walk in them.

I just got to step in on the actual morning to welcome people as they arrived, but these photos are a testimony, a "CAIRN", to those who spent countless hours taking a mess and making it into a gift that could be given. They washed and ironed and sorted and decided and labeled and folded and carried and cleaned and hung and set up and prayed ... and it was beautiful. The receivers were overwhelmed by the kindness & helped by the generous donations. I believe they went away knowing God sees and cares for their lives.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

As the morning progressed, I wished more of our church family could've seen and shared in the joy as this ministry unfolded. I want to share these photos today as encouragement that we really can make a difference in one of the areas of need around us this year. What's going on around you? Let's look around, see what's "starting," and pray about where God would have us do "good works" that reflect His love for people.

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Libby said...

This is great!

Kristi_runwatch said...

I love that you combined a clothing drive with school supplies - what a beautiful, practical way to show the love of Christ!!

I'm filing that away in my mind for next year's drive... :)

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

That is a great idea...thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JULIE!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for always pointing to Jesus with your life - your life is a blessing to so many. XXXOOO Enjoy your special day :-) Love, Jenny

Heidi Pocketbook said...

This is a very good idea!

Happy Birthday, Julie. Thanks for the heads up on that, Jenny♥

Julie@comehaveapeace said...

I'm glad the BTS Ministry was an encouragement to you, as it was to me. And thank you, sweet friends, for the birthday wishes. A birthday is always a good time to reflect on God's many blessings, and this one was "full"! Can't wait to see what the year ahead holds.