Monday, April 28, 2014

Acts of love result in changed lives

After a month of experiencing God's love in practical ways, a couple committed themselves to Christ and church membership. It began last month when someone dropped off some groceries during our food pantry registration day saying, “You're going to need this.”

A little while later, a couple comes to register for the food distribution that would occur later that week. Because their need was immediate, they received the groceries that had been unexpectedly delivered. If that food had not been dropped off, we would not have been able to provide immediate assistance.

Follow-up ministry uncovered some other needs that we could help address. The man is a disabled war vet who is now battling cancer. We continue to minister to their physical and spiritual needs.

There are many love stories like this at Baptist Temple. Earlier this month a church member donated a broken lawn mower. One of our deacons fixed it and gave it to a woman in need. Not a day goes by when one of our deacons is not serving a widow or single mom in our church family. When you include our Sunday school teachers and other workers, acts of love roll out from the Baptist Temple campus and reach out to the edges of our county.

Volunteers from the community and other churches help us serve our neighbors in many ways including providing clothes for our thrift shop, distributing food and more. Partnerships with businesses, churches, non-profits and government agencies have exponentially expanded our reach. Their donations help to become a channel of God's blessing. 

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
James 2:26

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