Sunday, November 30, 2014

Jesus Saves Ministries Partners to Feed Seven Families at Thanksgiving

I am reminded of what the apostle Paul stated in Acts 20:35 (NIV), "In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" This Thanksgiving, we experienced the blessed joy in giving. Jesus Saves Ministries partnered with Compliments of Ree Hair Salon, located in Mudd Plaza, to provide food baskets to needy families at Thanksgiving. We give a big thank you to Cheri Barlett, owner for hosting our donations box in her shop. Her clientele responded in a major way with donations even after the deadline. One lady suggested that we include Bibles, something we were already planning to do. We included Daily Breads in each basket as well. We have a goal to feed five families. However, we were about to supply baskets to feed a total of seven families, including four families at the Garden Variety Women's Transitional Home (photo below).

Here is feedback from three recipients:
To Whom It May Concern: Jesus Saves Ministries has proven once again that people are what they are all about. I was looking at not having a nice dinner, but because of people like them, and all of the generous donors, my family has received from the Lord both natural nourishment in the form of this food basket and spiritual nourishment in love and enouragment that we we have received, and we are extremely appreciative. God bless you all and Happy Thanksgiving - Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Keith Goatley
An anonymous single mother stated: "I hate having to ask for help, especially since my children and I were helping people with Thanksgiving and Christmas last year...We went three months without utilities only to get them on a couple of weeks ago with the help of Liheap. I'm unable to get Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas presents, or anything. I am so appreciative for this basket."
After delivering a basket and turkey, Rev. Michael Lee posted on Facebook:
"Thank you, thank you" is what was said to my wife and I as we delivered the Thanksgiving basket from Jesus Saves Ministries and a turkey donated by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Theta Omega Chapter, to a mother and her three little children. Thanks to all who contributed to this worthy cause.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Prayer for Military Families

Heavenly Father

You are the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You are our strong and mighty tower and fortress. We bow to Your sovereign will.

I come to you on behalf of military families everywhere. Please protect our service men and women and their families. Allow them to return safely to this land called America. Bring strength and comfort to those who may have lost loved ones in the war. Help us as civilians become more sensitive to the horrors of war, post traumatic stress, and the specific needs of our veterans.
 
Father, like Langston Hughes, so many military families are asking, "What happens to a dream deferred?" We pray for answers to their hopes and dreams, yes, even dreams deferred that they may know that You are our God, that dreams deferred are not necessarily dreams denied, and that those who do not yet know you will come running, shouting, "What must I do to be saved?"

Abba, Father, Your Word in Ecclesiastes 9:11 says, "...that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong...." And we are reminded in Hebrews 12:1 that you have given us the prescription for winning this challenging race called life. We are to run this race with patience, looking to Your Son, Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is now seated at Your right hand.

Help our military families to stay strong in You, Lord, and the power of Your might. Give them spiritual armor for maximum protection. We pray for the victory according to Your will.

In Jesus' Name.

Amen.


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