Last night, a couple of students and adult youth ministry volunteers joined me for a mission project that we had been planning for a couple of weeks. I had met with our adult leadership team and said that for the holidays that I wanted to see our student ministry more “others-focused” and asked for help with ideas for mission/service projects. I have found that the holidays can easily become a time where we focus on “me”. My wife mentioned a great project that we could do and call it “Baby Shower In A Box”.
Here’s how it works… we would collect diapers, baby wipes, baby clothes, and other items needed for new parents and donate them to the local Sav-a-Life ministry in our area. If you have a ministry like this in your area, you need to partner up with them. They have a great ministry to young mothers and unborn babies going on. Our local office does a deal where the mothers go through a four-week class on how to take care of yourself (the mom) and the baby all the while sharing the Gospel of Jesus with them. At the end of the four weeks, the mothers are given a shower with gifts. This is where we came in helping to provide some of these items. We held the collection for 3 weeks and received an entire carload of items.
Last night, we took these items to the Sav-a-Life office and worked for an hour helping out in their “store” where they have baby clothes, toys, and more. It was fun and the office was overwhelmed that a group wanted to come in and help like this. The lady that we were working with said, “Wow! Y’all have done a month’s worth of work in one hour!” Amazing what can be done when we team together and work towards a common goal. It was a true blessing to serve those who are truly serving a part of our community that might not normally come into our church buildings.
I would encourage you this holiday season, look for ways that you can serve others. Remember the words of Jesus before He went to the cross…
The kings of the Gentiles dominate them, and those who have authority over them are called ‘Benefactors.’ But it must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and whoever leads, like the one serving.
Luke 22:25-26 HCSB