Thursday, August 23, 2007

Volunteer!


Be the change you want to see in the world.
--Gandhi


A must-read for every Christian is Shane Claiborne's book "The Irresistible Revolution". After reading that book the Lord really opened my eyes to the needs of the poor in the world, our country, and even in my backyard and my responsibility to help. Mother Teresa gives us the inspiration to do small acts with great love.

Recently I listened to Shane's teaching called "Finding Your Calcutta". Again he reiterated that we just need to take one small step towards helping the marginalized in our society and living our lives as Jesus did. Maybe it's painting the fingernails of the elderly women at a local nursing home. Maybe it's inviting a homeless person to eat dinner. Maybe it's calling someone who is lonely and friendless....poor in spirit. Maybe it's teaching our children to sit with the child in the cafeteria who is all alone. Could we all just give a little bit of time, a little bit of resources, a little bit of sacrifice?

I was inspired to google "ministries to homeless in SC" to find out what services are offered in my area that I may be a part of. I was so excited to find Hannah House...a transitional housing place for homeless women and children. I went down there today to take a tour, to fill out a volunteer application, and to see the needs. Boy, were there needs. More warmth, more moms to love these moms, more beauty, more training and on and on. I am going to give 2 hours a week to go there to help moms learn life skills....how to cook, how to budget, parenting tools, decorating. It's not a lot, but it is what I can do with what I have.

Most of us as Christian moms have so much to offer about what we have learned on the journey. I looked at these dear mamas and their children and thought about how much they need unconditional love, acceptance, empathy, help, encouragement, and inspiration. However most of the volunteers there are young college students who have great hearts and yet have never walked a mile in these moms' shoes. Mamas unite! Let us link arms with these other mothers and help them along in the next step of their journey.

I encourage you to read Shane's book and pray about one small step you can take to impact your local world. To give a cup of cold water in His name is what true ministry is all about.

9 comments:

Andrea said...

Aimee,
That is a great idea, and I'm sure you are the perfect person for the job!! I know you'll be great. :)

Email me, ok, I lost your email. :)

Meredith said...

I have struggled with this challenge, too. There's not a lot I can do with small kids in tow and no babysitter!

However, I did find a few opportunities working with refugee families nearby...and our kids play together while we talk.

Glad to have found your blog and look forward to exploring it!

AIMEE said...

Meredith, my husband will watch the children while I go from 6-8 pm one night a week...I don't miss dinner with them or bedtimes and they have some daddy time.

Working with refugee families sounds wonderful! And that your children are playing with them is wonderful...I hope to take my children down to Hannah House with me to play with and serve the younger children too...

E. R. Dunhill said...

aimee,
It's good to see someone finding praxis between belief and action.

Lois E. Lane said...

Thank you for posting this -- such an important message!

Miriam said...

Aimee, I've been wanting to read Shane's book - maybe I'll start by listening to the link you shared - thanks!

I have been thinking and wondering along these lines, too. As for me, my children just started attending an inner city mission school, and I'm really praying about and looking for opportunities to connect with the precious people there.

It looks like you're off to a great start with your "sabbatical". Such a good use of your extra time. Bless you!

Mrs. Pivec said...

Oh, Aimee, what a fantastic idea. I'm not sure how much time I would have, but I am going to do a Google search myself and check it out.

Blessings to you in your ministry; I know you'll be a blessing to others. :)

tonia said...

I loved that book, and we have begun the process of volunteering at a retirement community as a result. (Background checks and such.)

I was so excited to read your post! Good for you!

Lib said...

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Blessins',
Lib