Operation Blessing is a pretty amazing place. One of the people from our church, John Whittall, volunteers there and was telling me that they are serving the needs of an overwhelming number of people (more than double than this time last year). He shared with me that recently they had run completely out of bread. So the volunteers gathered together, held hands and prayed that God would somehow provide. Within ten minutes a truck arrived with a full load of bread to be donated.
I share this because, I’m having an increased awareness and burden for the needs of people around us. I’m tired of having a faith that doesn’t consciously meet those needs. So, 2009 is going to be a bit different for our students. We’re going to be providing service opportunities on a regular basis. In January, we’re going to box meals for children around the world at Feed My Starving Children. In February, we’re going to get serve Operation Blessing (either at their building or by earning credit for them at the Food Depository). I’m not sure what will happen after that, but my goal is to keep the needs of others at the forefront of our attention throughout the year.
My desire is that our students would (gasp) think of others instead of just themselves. I pray they are challenged to consider how they can make a difference in the world right now. My goal is for them to exceed the low (or non-existent) expectations placed on them and pursue their fullest potential.
Less talk and more do.