brothers and sisters
Beloved Brothers and Sisters,
I am so excited to share with you what the Lord is doing with the Joint Heirs Evangelism team. Part of evangelizing is laboring to provide for people’s physical and emotional needs as well as sharing the gospel with them. For if we don’t take care of their most urgent needs, how can we expect them to be able to focus on the gospel and receive it?
14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?
17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
Shanika, Bangi and I have been discussing and praying about different ideas to go and make disciples of all men, and one of our goals is to provide warm blankets and plastic bed mats for the homeless. Therefore, we need your help. We are asking each of you to buy one thermal blanket and bring it to the church by Sunday, December 22. The blankets will be laid at the altar, where we will all gather to pray over them. In this way, we are meeting both physical and spiritual needs, because these blankets will be covered in prayer. Therefore, every time someone covers him/herself with one of these blankets, that person will be covered with prayer. This is our first step toward evangelizing the homeless, and each one of you will play a vital role by doing this.
Our next step in evangelizing the homeless is to provide each one with a plastic water-resistant bed mat, handmade by each person in the church who would like to do this. Even if you are unable to help make the bed mats, you can still help with this project by saving the plastic bags you get from Walmart, Food Lion, the Dollar Store, etc. and bringing them to church, so that we can work on making the bedding right away.
Praise the Lord! Just think of the many people you can help just by doing something as simple as this! For those of you who are interested in making the plastic bed rolls, please contact Sister Shanika or Sister Cheryl. If you know how to crochet, they are very easy to make. If you don’t know how to crochet, but would like to learn, contact Sister Cheryl, and she will teach you. We will be praying for the person who receives each bedroll, as the Spirit leads, trusting that as they lay their bodies down to rest on the bed roll each night, they will feel the Almighty’s presence and be drawn to Him in Jesus’ name.
May our heavenly Father bless each one of you for giving of your time and gifts to the homeless, in Jesus’ name!