· Often when a homeless person is on the side of the road, I offer a bottle of water, package of crackers, or some other food staple we try to carry in the van. On a recent occasion, I had none of these items, so I pulled a few dollar bills from my wallet. It was a long light, so when handing the gentleman the money I was able to ask his name and promise to pray for him before driving away. One of the kids asked why I had to give that man money. In response, I was able to share that I didn’t have to, but because God has blessed us I was able to help someone less fortunate. I asked the kids if they remembered his name. When they did, I reminded them that each of us is precious in God’s sight. Others may not treat this man kindly because of his situation, but by asking his name we could not think of him as “one of those homeless guys” but remember him as a child of God. Then, we prayed together for the gentleman.
· Just last month, I led a supply drive for an orphanage in Ethiopia that cares for HIV+ children. The goal was to collect 100 tubes of anti-fungal cream to meet one of their current needs. Through FB, blogging, and word-of-mouth efforts, donations came in. We were receiving packages and checks in the mail. I could have handled this all privately out of sight. Instead, I took the kids with me to purchase cream and had them help me package it to mail. All the while, we had conversations about the children without families, their medical needs, God’s deep love for them, and God’s people working together to care for them.
· Pray for those in need
· Make cards for shut-ins, the sick, military personnel serving away from their families, etc.
· Create care packages for orphans, kids entering foster care, college students, soldiers, new moms, new neighbors, etc.
· Pack Operation Christmas Childshoeboxes
· Visit hospital patients, nursing home residents, children in group homes, etc.
· Cook a meal and deliver it
· Purchase and wrap Christmas gifts for children less fortunate
· Collect school supplies, stuffed animals, medical supplies, etc. to be donated to community or global organizations
· Get involved in meal-packing
· Pack ziplock bags with bottled water, peanut butter crackers, slim jim’s, nuts, etc. to keep in the car to offer homeless people you pass by on the road
· Volunteer as a family
· Sponsor a child (I recommend Children’s HopeChest and Compassion International)
· Go on a mission trip
Angela Wells is fearfully and wonderfully made by the ONE true God. She is His adopted child and seeks to follow and serve Him daily. She and her wonderful hubby, Jon, are blessed to parent Jeremiah, Caleb, Rachel, and a baby girl expected to make her appearance in December. Angela is a homeschooling Momma, passionate adoption/orphan care advocate and speaker, and blogger at The Wellspring of Life.
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