Friday, March 12, 2010
Do something small, be a part of something big
Engage In Your World from ryan frederick on Vimeo.
One of the coolest things I've seen over the past couple of years at New Hope has been the participation across ages in what we've been led to do. From the aged - people like Robert and Jewel Hughes - who bring coupons from the paper that can be used at arts and crafts and fabric stores, to the littlest girl who learns to sew alongside one of the women on Wednesday night, or Logan and Darien - two wee little boys who designed the "monsters" the girls are making - almost everyone who is a regular at New Hope is contributing in some way to our "Do Something" efforts.
As a student of ministry, I was told that one rule that was constant regardless of context or church size was this - 20% of the people would do 80% of the work. Well, I'd flip that over and say that 80% of our folks are doing something small because they want to be a part of something big. It really began over two years ago as we began to stir to the needs outside our community. Then the first wave of child sponsorships as people reached out in love. And it just keeps going and growing.
President Ronald Reagan said “Some people wonder all their lives if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem.”
Well, I've been placed among people who don't have that problem either. New Hope makes a difference.
Because of the work of people at New Hope - The hungry are being fed. Shoeless people walk out with shoes. Clean water is being made available to those who lack. Orphans are being given life-saving medicines. And soon those who are enslaved will find that New Hope is a part of their being set free. We can't do everything. But we can do something.
Little becomes big when God is in it.
Friend, wherever you are - whether you are a "church person" or not - you can DO SOMETHING. And you ought to. Come see what crazy- only God could make this happen- things New Hope is doing next. You won't believe it. But personally, every time we do something like that, my faith in God grows even more.