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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Giving or Having Fun?

Donate a coat to a shelter, or purchase another "hip" outfit.

Buy a second sports car, or donate to a favorite charity for those truly in need.

Drink your morning Starbucks, or make coffee at home and give the rest of that saved money to sponsor a child in need.

Spend your time engrossed in the newest tv show, or spend some of those hours working in a soup kitchen, at CPC or other place.

Dine out nightly or take dinner to a shut in, widow or family who cannot afford a nice meal.

I could go on but I'll leave you with the words of our Lord.

Luke 3:10,11
And the crowds were questioning him saying, "Then what shall we do?" And he would answer and say to them, "the man who has two tunics, is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise"."

Crisis Pregnancy Center - in the U.S, Crisis Pregnancy Centers are set up all over. Look in your yellow pages or do a google search to find one near you. These centers are a Christian alternative to PLanned Parenthood. Here at CPC, the young, scared mothers are counseled and if they choose to, they can get mentors to help them through their pregnancy, childbirth and years down the road. These centers are in need of workers on site as well as donations if gently used or new baby and mama items. Here's a link to the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Flint.

Flushing Christian Outreach Center - this is located in Flushing, MI. There are so many ways to help serve here. You can help in person, donate items, etc.. Check out their website for more info.

Shelters - Find your local homeless shelters. There's so much you can do here! Donate items, sponsor families for Christmas, serve food, etc... Here is a link to the Shelter of Flint.

The Freedom Center - is a local church; one located in Flint and one located in Fenton. These centers host a Wrap the Homeless every year. Contact them for more information.

Help your church! - Our church has a clothes closet where people can donate clothes for those in need year round. They also have a food pantry that does the same. Many church's do similar things.

Nursing Homes - there are so many people that are put in nursing homes and are so lonely. Many of these patients do not get visitors. Visit your local nursing home and sing to, pray with or read to one of the patients. Let them talk awhile and show them you care.

There are so many more places to help; too many to list. I encourage you to find something local to you and help another in need. Don't let excuses keep you from doing the work the Lord has for you.

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