Generosity, Jeans, and Jesus
I am continually awed at the needs that come to our church’s Helping Hand Ministry and the continued ability to meet those needs. A week does not go by that some amazing story is not shared with me.
Recently, I was told the story about a gentleman who came to the Helping Hand building because his house had just burned down in Fort Smith. He had lost everything, literally. Clothes, furniture, food, everything. He has friends and family just over the border in Pocola so that is where he was trying to establish a new residency for his family. He ended up at our Helping Hand building because he had been to ALL the other benevolence and relief organizations and been turned away. Apparently because he had crossed state lines to establish his new home, the Arkansas relief organizations were prohibited from helping him. Just another great example of government at work (don’t get me started). He came to us looking for food. That’s what our Helping Hand Ministry is most known for in town. We assist over 200 individual families per month with food. BUT we also have a top of the line clothes closet. So while this man was looking for food when he stopped by, we were able to outfit him and his whole family with new clothes. BUT we also have a warehouse with donated furniture in it. After he got some food for his pantry and some clothes for his family, we were able to set him up with a compete set of furniture for his house. And this is where it gets really good. This gentleman was completely blown away and overcome with gratitude. He didn’t have to stand in lines, fill out a host of forms, and work his way through miles of red-tape. He had a need and we had the resources…need met.
This is how God works.
I see it all the time, and on this day this gentleman saw it too. As this man’s eyes filled with tears of joy, he wanted to know exactly how we could do this. And here’s the best part. The volunteer helping him shared the message that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. This man eagerly accepted Christ.
Food, clothes, furniture, and Jesus. What more could a man need or want?
All in a day’s work for the Helping Hand Ministry.
But here’s the key. The Helping Hand Ministry only works because of generosity. The generosity of the membership of our church. The generosity of businesses in the region who donate supplies. It’s ALL about generosity. The kind of radical generosity modeled by Jesus Himself. Who gave it all and died penniless for you and me. Just think about how much money Jesus could have made as a “faith healer!” But NO, he GAVE it away.
What are you giving away?