Yesterday, a tornado of biblical proportions devastated Moore, Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma City. The response from generous people around the nation has been encouraging to me. One of the best ways that I’ve seen to give is through Convoy of Hope. In just 19 years, the organization has served over 55 million people worldwide, in their times of greatest need.
I love seeing the best of humanity. When brothers and sisters are hurting, people rush to help. But I wonder something: why does it take a tragedy that is so large to grip our hearts and to galvanize us into action?
Naperville Christian Church has proudly served at PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) for the last few years. Giving the homeless shelter, a good meal, and love, has been very important to us as a church family. Why? Because people matter to God. People matter so much to God that we’re told in the gospel of Matthew, chapter 25, that we will be judged on how we served “the least of these.”
What does that mean? Do we go to heaven based on our own good works? No. But our salvation and our faith is demonstrated by the fruit that our lives produce. When we are changed by God, our actions show it. Our priorities are re-ordered. Selfishness is transformed into selfLESSness. Greed is transformed into generosity. Ashes are exchanged for beauty.
I want to serve the people of Moore, Oklahoma. And I’ll be proud to do it with so many others that just got re-awakened to those things that matter most in life. But, I want to do more than that. I want to change the world with one good choice after another…even when it isn’t in the news!
If you are in Naperville or the surrounding suburbs, and want to help us make a difference in the lives of our homeless population, I want to hear from you.
Here is what we need:
1. An organizer—someone to make sure that all the jobs are overseen and completed (with great love).
2. A shopper—if you can purchase a lot of food items in a grocery story in an efficient way, that’s a gift. And I will help you use that gift!
3. Cooks—we need one person to oversee the kitchen, and several people to cook the meal.
4. Clean-up—everyone like to eat, but no one likes to do the dishes. But if you are into clean-up, we want to hear from you.
5. Pads—It will take about an hour of your time. We need a couple of able-bodied people to arrange the bedding.
6. Hour of Hope—if you are a gifted communicator and a facilitator of good and deep conversations, then this is your spot. With just an hour per month, you will give hope to the hopeless.