July 5, 2011
God is doing amazing things through 1st Hillsville – Out of the Box Worship Center and this is the latest. This is a ministry that has been started to reach out to those in need. Not just people who have low incomes but to everyone. It is for people who are living on a tight budget and it is for those who just want to help out the way the church helped in the Book of Acts. In Acts they sold what they had and worked together to assure that everyone was taken care of. Now, we are not necessarily selling our things, although that may and surely will happen in some cases. We are working together to make our community better.
BUT…Here is the greatest piece of this. This Ministry is happening because of people becoming Disciples of Jesus Christ. The responsibility of the church is to assist people in the discovery of their burning bush (life purpose) and then throw gasoline on their life passion.
Disciples are being transformed and I am Excited to be a small part of it.
Here is the blog site that has been created as well as a link to the facebook page. If you want to be involved, let Brenda Harmon know. You can always speak to me about this as well.
So here we go! The S.O.H.O. Ministry of O.O.T.B.W.C. Blog is up and running! This blog is still a work in progress-I’m trying to set up links and such-but this will hopefully be another way people can get in touch with us and learn what we’re about and what we do.
About the Ministry:
Step Out/Help Out is just getting started, and I’m sure it will change as new workers step forward, new needs are communicated, and we begin to reach out into the community. After a lot of prayer, thought, and some encouragement, the desire is to have an avenue for people who have a talent, time, or ability to share with others can “Step Out” and let people know they want to “Help Out” a neighbor. As a church, we have many individuals that together have an abundance of talents, abilities, and time to share. We are surrounded by a world that is hurting and in need. As a church, we are called to go out into our community, BE the church, and show people the love of Christ in the process of meeting their need.
Needs such as:
Yard Care for individuals who are elderly or sick and unable to do it
Companion, Shopping, or Housekeeping Services for the sick or elderly
Auto Care, Plumbing, Carpentry (For Instance, if someone has the materials, an individual can help to change their oil, or even teach them how to change it themselves–empowering them to be more independent and save money in the process)
Any talent or time that someone has to offer will be offered.
The Providers: Right now we are assembling our “crew”. I was overwhelmed and ecstatic yesterday at church as people were asking for forms to sign up to provide a service. At least 20 people took forms to complete-actually, we ran out and needed more. We have individuals who are offering auto services, yard work, housekeeping, budgeting, and shopping/companion services already! I believe God is working in people’s hearts and moving us to step out of ourselves and reach out to others. It’s time to move.
This is totally grass-roots. It’s people stepping up and being a neighbor out of the kindness of their hearts because they believe God is calling them to do it. Step Out/Help Out Ministry is simply a centralized “hub” of sorts that organizes the workers so we can communicate and organize to meet the needs either individually or collectively. For instance, if someone has a yard that needs mowing, and 4 or 5 people can organize, we can quickly get the job done.
People Needing Help: I am working on a way for individuals to communicate their needs. To be completely honest, I think the needs will be put before us as we pray and ask God to show us where we need to go. I also think that if necessary, He will provide us with the means and even the tools to do the jobs. This is going to be FAITH based work! Many of the people we serve may not have a computer or internet, so as we get more providers signed on we will start reaching out to certain area agencies to let them know we’re here and we want to help. We will get word out “the old-fashioned way”.
So I hope everyone will bear with me while I get educated about the blogs, pages, links, and such. Can’t wait to hear from you, let me know what you think, ideas you have, ways you can help, or a need you are aware of.