We are very grateful for Campus Crusade’s Agape Center for donating 50 Thanksgiving “Boxes of Love” to CHRIST CARES. Following the Agape Center’s guidlines we targeted families that were not only struggling financially but also were unchurched. The goal was to use this Turkey, meal, and Christian Materials as a demonstration of God’s love to connect with unchurched families. I am especially grateful to the volunteers who helped with the distribution mostly in Ford Heights, Chicago Heights, and Robbins: Jeff Bryson, Fred Edmond (Sr. & Jr.), Tommie Beasley, Sam Williams, Bryan Bell, David Gills, and Robin Quin.
CHRIST CARES also sponsored our monthly Community Outreach Dinner in Roseland and are grateful for the Liccar family for providing this meal. Please pray for the Gallilee Baptist Church as they endeavor to share God’s love in Roseland (Chicago).
We are also in need of donations of canned hams and food for additional families that we work with that are struggling financially at this time. Please let us know if you can help.
Sunday (11/22/09) was a tremendous blessing for my daughter Katie and me. One of the families we distributed a “Box of Love” to on Saturday had 10 children living there. On Sunday, Katie and I brought 4 of the older children to church. Afterwards we spent some time with them and shared the “GOOD NEWS” of God’s great love and plan of salvation. We praise the Lord as they were already “planted” and “watered” in that they were already prepared and hungering to know God and ready to accept His marvelous gift of salvation. We praise the Lord for “child like faith”. Please pray for Briana, Bridget, Earline, and Margaret.
Sunday afternoon Lisa, Katie, and I went to the home of one of our faithful supporters, Loraine Smith. Although Christ Cares has many people who donate throughout the year, the vast majority of support comes from just about 15 individuals, couples, or churches that support us on a monthly/regular basis. We are very grateful to this special crowd of partners and want to get to know them (you) better. Lisa is back helping me with donor relations, and we’d love to have the opportunity to fellowship with you sometime. Anyway, we had a wonderful afternoon playing “Crowns”, chatting, and munching on snacks. Loraine is 83 and now has some health issues, so I’d appreciate your prayers for her.
A special note about the AGAPE CENTER: For those not familiar with them, they are a wonderful urban ministry impacting hundreds of lives in the Roseland area and I highly reccommend them. (More info on the Agape Center – HERE). They have been a blessing to me and my ministry endeavors for probably over 20 years! Please pray for them, the economic downturn has hurt most non profits, I know they had to drastically cut back on their Turkey distribution this year. Also, there was a very high profile gang related murder in their parking lot. You probably saw this on the news as it was a national story. I am personally grateful to God in that the afternoon that this happened I had planned on stopping by the Agape Center to try to see Milton, but God changed my mind and I missed that event. Unfortunately I’ve been involved with many similar murder catastrophies and know the physical, emotional, and even spiritual drain these situations can be. I still struggle with post traumatic stress issues to some degree over some of the multitude of murder situations I’ve been through. Anyway, I want to encourage you to have your church pray for Milton Massie and the dedicated staff of the Agape Center. Pray that the Lord will protect them, refresh them, and empower them to continue being a beacon of light and love to that community.