This post is coming a little late but I didn’t get it to with Brian in Birmingham the end of last month. I am still committed to sharing this with you so here is is late.
Family Service Project posts will be shared here month. Our goal is to do at least on Family Service Project each month this year. We hope this inspires you to look in your neighborhood, church, community, or family and see where there is a need. We also hope this gets your family in a spirit of giving.
Why? Late last year, I had someone mention their child was having a hard time with the idea of getting gifts to give to another child. I asked the mom if they did other giving project during the year and she said no. Giving isn’t a one time a year event. It should be part of who you are we are hoping that this is a way to show our children that giving is part of every day here at out house. It doesn’t have to be fancy or cost a lot. It might be a meal. It might be chap-stick. It might be a shoe box. It is giving … giving of our time, our thoughts, our prayers, and our love.
For January, we participated in the efforts our church involved in the PACEM ministry. Local churches provide overnight shelter for homeless men from October – April to keep them out of the cold. The churches provide items of need to these men and meals in addition to shelter.
The Youth and Children’s Ministries hosted two dinners and we were able to be part of one of them. The girls made Fruit of the Spirit bags for the men as part of their Sunday School class. They loved finding their bags on the tables that night knowing someone was going to take them.
The kids had the opportunity to watch and help us prepare the food (pasta bake, rolls, and trifles). They helped carry the food into the church. They talked to the men as they ate.
We had several discussions around WANTS vs. NEEDS. When we asked ourr kids what we gave the men as part of the ministry that night and they start with dinner, backpacks (each man received a backpack), clothing (each man had the opportunity to pick out two clothing items), shelter, football (there was a game on that night) and then they throw out another answer … love … your heart melts. You know they got it!
We feel blessed for the opportunity to part of this large community outreach effort in the month of January. It was a hands on experience for our kids. It was real. It was local. It left an impact on their little hearts. We are one month closer to our goal of at least one Family Service Project a month but I think we are just starting to see the impact this will have on us in the long run.
Some months this year we already know what we are going to do (November is Operation Christmas Child for sure!) but other months are unplanned and we will see where we can give. I admit that February is still open but I have an idea I am hoping we can share next week.
How can you or your family find ways to give this year? Leave us a comment and let us know!