Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Giving Love Away

A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

Proverbs 11:24-25

don't you feel good when you give? i wish i was rich so i could just give and give. but as it is i can't give much money but i can give my time. and our church Next Level is Giving Love Away. we adopted a title one school, which by definition is a school with at least 50% of the students getting free or reduced lunch. the school we adopted is at 91%. they don't have a lot of anything. some of the kids don't have coats. and when they eat at school, that may be the only meal they get during the day. so our fearless leaders put together a plan. we wanted every child in the school (about 550) to get a gift for Christmas. melissa jackson (who rocks!) got bags labeled with either boy or girl and their grade. then we as a congregation were challenged to fill them with gloves, a hat and a 5 dollar toy. then we had a toothbrush, toothpaste and candy for each bag. AND the church is going to provide a uniform shirt for each child. talk about a lot of stuff! of course someone was going to have to go through all these bags and make sure everyone got what they were supposed to. and i was one of the lucky ones to get to do that. we met this morning about 9 and worked until we were done. which was only about 10:30! we were super fast. we had a great time! getting to just talk and goof off and feel good about what we were doing. i didn't know everyone so i got to meet some new people. we had Christmas music and candy to keep us in the mood. it didn't even feel like work. it was just plain fun!

i'm so glad i belong to a church that cares so much about others. THANK YOU NEXT LEVEL!

and as a laugh...monkey and i were talking about the Christmas story. we were talking about how mary must have felt when the angel appeared to her. how she was scared but determined to do what God asked of her. i told him that some people were mad at her because she was going to have a baby and she wasn't married. he said "yeah they were mad like an angry MOM!" (get it, supposed to be mob.) i thought it was funny!~


kim said...

which is scarrier, the mob,or the mom?

Melek said...

i love that YOU love to give. you're such a generous person....except when it comes to your Go-Go's records and makeup.... :)

Drewpy Drew said...

Awesome!!! It's so cool what God can do with people if they let Him.

And this is a little weird, but on my mission trip this summer one of our catch phrases was 'Take it to another level'.

Rock on.

oyer said...

I love being a part of Nevel Church too!
I think a MOm might could beat the mob ;oO lyl-Lisa

Paintball0599 said...

I go to next level church too!!!! YAHOO

Betty said...

Hi Kay,

Yes, it is more blessed to give than to receive, and it makes me feel very good to give and I feel blessed when I'm able to give to others.

Supercool Hotmama said...

Wow! What a great experience. I love it when we get to participate in humatarian service projects. It just feels so good to GIVE! Merry Christmas!

Come by THT! I had the best blogmeet ever when I was in Provo! You will be so jealous. It was like meeting blogroyalty ;D