This is a little piece of my heart-
Lately, working on gathering names of women and children who are needy in my community, so that as a church we can provide for them. I have done this for several years, but last year was the first time that I had the experience of a church family that got involved and helped. For most of them it was a first time. I am huge on follow up, I don’t want to just feed their bellys (although if that is all they will let me do, I am okay with that). So normally I plan a follow up Christmas party (happy birthday Jesus) and invite the same families, and try to pull Christmas together for their children. They always get the Gospel message in this.
This year the Lord has been laying something different on my heart. As I worked through it and talked with my Pastors, I became very excited about it. This year we are looking to the church family to adopt a needy family, and when delivering the food for thanksgiving, start building a relationship with them, follow up with providing Christmas for the same family, and share the Gospel with them, invite them to church, and genuinely just walk beside them.
My first time doing this, I ended up on a doorstep of an elderly woman in a three room apartment with three generations living with her, when I spoke of Jesus she cried…and my heart shattered to here her story. She was under a witness protection program, moved and forgotten…she hugged me and said…”I know Jesus and I know HE sent you to help me, thank you, this little baby only has two diapers and is drinking his last bottle” HE does things like this if we just follow…oh that we would have spirits that follow!
Some of my readers that have been with me since http://darla-overcomer.blogspot.com know that this is my heart. I love talking to these people, and showing them Jesus. When one comes to Christ, I know the party in my heart that goes on, I try to imagine the party that happens in Heaven.
As the Holidays are fast approaching us, would you pray for the Lord to guide you to that one person who truly needs something that you can provide? I don’t have much and I can tell you that it isn’t a prerequiste. God always provides.
Father God, please help us to be your hands and feet, to have willing hearts, and to be a picture of your love…not just some days but everyday, and every where we go. I love you so!