Hurricanes. Earthquakes. Fires. Flooding. Protests. Terrorism.
There is a lot happening in this world, but in times of despair believers cling to Hope.
That Hope compels us to not sit back watch the world fall apart around us, but instead to bring Hope to others.
We become “the helpers”. Believers have always been the helpers. Historically in the early church, our women took in the abandoned children. We tended to the sick, forming the first hospitals. In the wake of tragedy today, we see that our Faith Based Organizations lead the way in providing relief to those who have been impacted by forces of nature and political oppression.
We need not wait for the catastrophes to land at our doorstep in order to be a helper.
We are the helpers when we pay for her groceries, when take a collection of diapers, when we feed an empty belly, and clothe those who need it. When we pool our money and resources to provide shelter and even comfort.
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There are people in your neighborhood right now, and they are looking for the helper. The homeless man you pass every day on your way into to the coffee shop, he is looking for a helper. The single mom who wants to attend small group, but lacks the means for childcare… she is looking for the helper.
How can your Women’s Ministry become a helper in your local community?
- Find an organization to support as a Ministry. Use your Women’s Ministry monthly brunches as an opportunity take a collection of goods or money for this ministry.
- Look for volunteer opportunities for your Women’s Ministry to participate in and build up teams of women who will serve.
- For larger causes, work together with Women’s Ministries from other churches.
- Watch the news, check the paper, and keep a pulse on what is happening in your community. There may be specific people you can assist.
- Talk as a team about how you want your ministry to respond to community needs or local disaster relief before it is needed. Create an action plan, work out the details, and even work through a trial run if possible. It’s good to have the plan in place, so that when the need arises we can respond immediately and efficiently.
- Ensure that you have a list of recommendations for services (shelter numbers, abuse hotlines, Christian counselors, etc.) available to all leaders… including your Bible Study leaders. This means we don’t waste time hunting down information and can act promptly.
We would love to hear your suggestions too!