Sunday, September 02, 2007

Do Something Now

Inspired in part by Passion '07 and in part by Isaiah 6:1-9, I challenged our church to do something this week. In the next 7 days, do something selfless in the name of Christ. Below is the list of suggested ideas I gave each of them. Perhaps you can be selfless this week as well.

Ideas for doing something now:

  1. Take somebody’s lunch tray for them.
  2. Serve at the local soup kitchen for lunch.
  3. Take a meal to a neighbor for no reason.
  4. Tutor kids after school, at your house or at a community center, for free.
  5. Baby-sit for a single parent for free.
  6. Volunteer at the local food bank.
  7. Have a neighborhood family over for dinner or a cookout.
  8. Volunteer at your local school.
  9. Offer your professional services for free to a needy client or ministry.
  10. Take goodies to a retirement home and sit and chat for a while.
  11. Send a care package to a soldier.
  12. Work on a Habit for Humanity house one day with your kids.
  13. Work on our local ministry blog http://www.summervols.blogspot.com/ to get the word out about local ministries.
  14. By groceries for a needy family.
  15. Sit and talk with someone suffering from an illness.
  16. Take a meal and gift bag to someone home-bound.
  17. Meet an inactive member for lunch.
  18. Begin organizing Operation: Christmas Child for your Home Group or family.
  19. Host a neighborhood yard sale to raise money to go (or send someone else) on a mission trip.
  20. Prepare and send a care package or a card of encouragement to Graham & Ashlei in East Asia, Steve & Marie Lindenmeyer in Thailand, or The P's in Central Asia.
  21. Collect costume and craft beads and send to the Awana club in Curacao.
  22. Help stop human trafficking around the world through the coalition http://www.stopthetraffik.org/
  23. Support families who are suffering because of religious persecution through http://www.rememberthose.org/. “There have been more Christians killed in the 20th century than in the previous nineteen centuries combined.” —U.S. House Resolution. Scripps-Howard News Service, September 28, 1996
  24. Lead your Home Group or family to send Bibles from your home to people being persecuted for their faith who want to share more with others in their country. http://www.biblesunbound.com/ or http://www.persecution.com/.
  25. Lead a team to build a HC ramp for someone locally. Contact: Screven Association of local SBC churches. Contact office at 843-871-2410 to get more information or go to http://www.screvenassoc.org/.
  26. Adopt a needy child for about $1 a day through Compassion International or World Vision. Write and receive letters. http://www.compassion.com/.
  27. Write a letter to a child you already support.
  28. Get your Home Group to build a school in Haiti. Costs about $3,000.
  29. Write a Christian who is imprisoned for their faith in another country. Do so in their own language through http://www.prisoneralert.com/ or http://www.persecution.com/.
  30. Buy a goat for a family. http://www.worldvision.org/ or http://www.samaritanspurse.org/.
  31. Invite your neighbors along with some friends from church to a Labor Day cookout.
  32. Start your own blog and write about your journey with Christ. http://www.blogger.com/, http://www.myspace.com/
  33. Invite a co-worker to meet your family for dinner at Zaxby’s or Moe’s.
  34. Get a group to pledge $3,000 to build one well for clean drinking water in Africa. http://www.bloodwatermission.org/
  35. Organize the collection of socks and towels for low country missions and ministries.
  36. Help translate the New Testament into another language. http://www.oneverse.org/