How To Serve Your Community!

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How to Serve

My father-in –law, who is now in heaven, always used to say, “An old Chinese proverb:  More Walkie, Less Talkie!”  This is so true in the Christians life.  Sometimes we want to say, “Just stop talking about it so much, and show me what you‘ve got!”

To really grow in our walk with God, we have to realize we can’t live in a box that says “CHRISTIAN” where everything is scheduled, planned, and lived out within the walls of our home and our church.  That would be so boring and leave no room for God to send unexpected opportunities.

I am by no means saying don’t have a schedule or plans, but don’t be so tied to them that you miss additional ways to serve others outside of your regular Christian circle.

If you really desire to serve others and spread God’s love and mercy…tell God about this desire and ask him to begin opening ways to serve.  Now don’t get scared.  I don’t mean for you to have your bags packed and a ticket purchased so you’re ready to hop on the next plane.

Serving outside of your comfort zone is exciting, fun, and will stretch your soul-life in a good way!  The greatest way to speak what’s in your heart is to pour out your life in serving others.

You might be really busy, that’s okay…God uses really busy people too.

How to Get Started

Start in your community right where you live!

  • Right in your own sphere of influence there are more needs than you could ever imagine.
  • Begin to ask God to reveal them to you.
  • Pray about what you could do, and choose an area of service.
  • Share your burden with others and possibly form a small ministry team to involve more people to serve.
  • Whatever you choose to do, do it with all your heart.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”  Luke 10:27

Homeless

The possibilities are limitless, but here are a few ways to get started serving.

  1. Become a Mentor at the Local School: Ask for a child that is struggling, low self-esteem, etc. and pour out the love of Jesus on his life.  Make the experience memorable and impacting in the life of the child, and believe me you will be impacted too.
  2. Start a Food Drive at Your Church: Promote throughout your church and collect as much food as possible for two months.  Make up a list of the specific foods needed.  At the end of the two months, divide the food into separate bags and deliver to the most needy families in your community.  Ask the school for the names of some families in need.  They are always eager to give names families  in need of help.  When you connect with families,   observe and see if there are other pressing needs.
  3. Make Up Good Samaritan Baggies: Ask Sunday School Classes and your Children’s Church to bring toiletries, and make up baggies to deliver to the homeless shelters in your community. When you deliver them, plan a short uplifting devotion and prayer time.
  4. Provide School Supplies: During the summer when school supplies are really cheap, decorate a drop box for the entire church to participate in buying supplies.  After the supplies are collected, be sure to divide them into bags.   You could also put them in baskets, deliver them to the school, and they can disperse them to anyone with a need throughout the year.
  5. Fix Bag Lunches For the Homeless: Gather a team to purchase and put together “Brown Bag Lunches” for the homeless and (or) shut-ins.  Have some of the group write notes of encouragement.  My in-laws loved receiving food brought in by a group of ladies each week.  When delivering to the homeless, be sure to stay in large groups to stay safe.

There are countless opportunities to serve…the important part is to just get up and serve!  I would love to hear of some of the ways you are already serving.

This can be more of a blessing than you could ever imagine.

Many Blessings!

 

 

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  1. Love these ideas!

  2. I absolutely love this! Far too often Christians get in our own little bubble and fail to show God’s love to the world around us. That’s not being Christ at all! Your practical ways of being involved in the community are wonderful! Thanks for linking up with the Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop!

    • Thanks Susannah! These are just a few practical ways to get involved, but there are literally hundreds…the important part is just for Christian to get involved. I am enjoying the F&F Blog Hop. 🙂

  3. These are wonderful ideas! You are so right…if you open your heart, God will orchestrate the connections. My husband does most of our grocery shopping, and he seeks God’s face before he goes in the store, to ask God to lead him to someone to bless. He stays in tune with the Holy Spirit’s voice all through the store, and I could write a book about the wonderful ways God has arranged for him to turn to the person God picks out for him to help and to say, “Would you allow me to buy your groceries?” No one has ever refused! God will make it plain in several ways as to who it is He wants us to bless. Another thing God has blessed us to be able to do is to start a clothing ministry where we take donations and pass them on to people who need them for FREE. We receive freely, and we give freely. Another ministry God opened is to accept the leftover bread from a grocery store chain and then pass it out for free to the low-income apartment complex where my dear mother lived. The opportunities are endless to be Jesus’ hands and feet and heart in this hurting world!! This was a wonderful post, Cathy, packed full of great ideas! I LOVE to get new ideas on how to serve. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    • Cheryl, I love the ways you and your husband are serving, and I love your heart! God desires to use us and those who aren’t interested are missing soooo many blessings. Thank you so much for stopping by! Blessings…<><...Cathy

  4. Great post thanks, you are right there are so many things we can do for the needy. As a family we supply meals for those at church who are sick. This isn’t a committee thing, it is just what we do and it is such a blessing to us. Blessings Terri

    • Terri, bringing meals to the sick or shut-ins is a great ministry. It means so much to those receiving. There are so many opportunities to serve in so many ways. Thank you for stopping by! Blessings! Cathy

  5. Cathy, such wonderful & practical ways to serve. The ones regarding schools was excellent as they would provide a means of drawing children into the church as well for VBS or children’s ministries. Thank you for helping us all to think outside of our comfort zones. Blessings!

  6. You’ve shared some great ideas. Thanks for “talking back” at Harvest Lane Cottage. Your blog setting is currently “no reply”, so I thought I’d share my response here:
    “Compassion and Encouragement”
    http://harvestlanecottage.blogspot.com/2010/07/compassion-and-encouragement.html
    We all need encouragement, Cathy, I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    Blessings to you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

    Laura Lane
    Harvest Lane Cottage

  7. I pinned this! I love the ideas, glad to see people writing on the important topic of serving our communities. I miss my home in Ontario and the feeling of community I had. I realize it’s up to me to make being here feel more like a community!

    • Stefanie, thank you for pinning this idea. You are right. If you get involved in serving your community, you will make many more friendships and feel more a part of the community! Blessings! Cathy

  8. We have several churches and also the new hope center who provide free hot meals for those who will attend. Our church has a lady in charge to collect grocery and personal items for the homeless.
    Oh I almost forgot, but if there is a person stationed near the grocery store, I buy an extra banana, or apple and give it to them as I leave. One day a woman had a small dog with her, and I gave her a pack of dog food cans that God told me to share. I always enjoy your entries – – Thank you for sharing your interesting post with us here at “Tell Me a Story.”

  9. There are so many simple ways to serve and show God’s love. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Thank you so much for sharing my post! I love your Random Five…what a blesson they are.

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