Do Good Works

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In 2012, we were blessed to attend a Joni and Friends Family Retreat for the first time.  The camp theme was Ephesians 2:10:

For we are God’s workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) 

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And God certainly prepared us.  After reading Jennie Allen’s Anything, my eyes were opened to all the “good works” there at Camp.  Every one of these volunteers must have prayed like Jennie: “God, I’ll do anything”!  And there they were, doing anything.

One mom spoke my heart with her incredible words:

You feel so ooey gooey inside because God is so thick here”.

Yes, God is thick here in the hearts of those serving.  The volunteers are serving 1:1 with children and adults with disabilities.  They are serving the siblings who need to feel special and know they are not alone.  They are serving the parents giving them much-needed rest.  Moms of special needs children are serving fellow moms in bible study time.

We were watching so many people around us 
go from consumers to full-on missionaries 
without changing professions or addresses.  
For some, their callings were to change those things.  
But for others it was to notice the need 
right in front of them
– Jennie Allen, Anything

There is a need right in front of you.  Please consider reaching out to those in your community affected by disabilities.  God has prepared you.
**if you are in Texas, the local chapter of Joni & Friends is hosting 3 retreats in Navasota and they are recruiting volunteers now.  Also, they provide training for churches with (or needing) special needs ministries.  Be sure to check out their site, or your own church, for volunteer opportunities.

Now it’s your turn:  How will you allow Him to do the “good works” through you?


Inspired: Running the Good Race

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Yesterday, I was at Stonebriar Community Church for bible study and picked up a copy of their Connection magazine.  I was so excited to see this article “Running the Good Race”.

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It’s a story about a generous young man named Luke Malone.  After serving in the special needs ministry at Stonebriar, Luke was inspired to raise money to send 22 special needs children to the Joni & Friends family camp last month in Navasota, Texas.

The theme for this year’s Joni and Friends camp is “Press On”:  based on Philippians 3:14:   I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Luke Malone is certainly pressing on, by running his good race:

“You can tell whenever you see him on Sunday mornings,
he’s not just there to fill a time slot while his parents are in church,
but he’s really there to invest in those kids.”

“Luke’s running ministry is not about Luke,
it’s about living your faith and trusting in God to provide.
It’s about stepping outside your comfort zone
and following the Holy Spirit’s lead.”

What a great example for us all to follow.  Won’t you join him in Pressing On yourself?