Updated: Oct 27, 2021
Photo by Jem Sahagun
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: ‘They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”
2 Corinthians 9:7-9
Our students spent part of a morning last week at one of the local food banks. From the time they walked in to the large blue barn like building until the food bank ran out of items to be readied to share with the Maricopa families in need, the students worked as a well oiled machine; organizing boxes so all contained fruit, protein, vegetables and snacks. Later, rice was measured and emptied into containers for distribution.
The food bank provided for the students gloves, aprons, masks and name tags. Tasks were appointed by their leadership. The students did the rest.
Why do we do this once a month, give or take? I want to develop habits and experiences. While mastery of academic skills is important, the ability to work with others, work hard and comfortably talking with adults is of great importance also.
We are volunteering at two local nonprofits so far. The food bank, FOR, is where we served last week. The Hope Women's Center is where we head next. My goal is to be at each of these two worthwhile nonprofits with the students once a month.
Serving is nothing grand. But serving is part of His grand design.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.