14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (James 2:14-17 NIV)
Every Sunday School class/small group Bible study from elementary age to senior adults should have an ongoing service project in the community or around the world. When we have an ongoing service project, we look beyond ourselves.
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~Albert Schweitzer
Here are some that rekindle the inner Spirit for me:
I had the privilege of coaching Bradley Rhoades while he was a part of Uptick a few years ago. Discover more about Uptick at: http://www.spencenetwork.org/ He is a member of the band, “Melodime”, and they decided through our coaching that they would provide musical instruments to underprivileged children from the profits of their CD’s. I suggested (with his permission) Haiti and our BGAV orphanage. Here is the result: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAfzzv0TLvk More instruments will be delivered soon! You can sponsor a child as well at: http://bgav.org/glocal-initiatives/haiti/
I am still excited about our More Than Nets program where Malaria is being eradicated, thousands are coming to know Christ, and 100’s of churches are being formed in a Muslim dominated country. Here is how to join us for $10: http://bgav.org/glocal-initiatives/morethannets-2/
We have many more initiatives around the world to live out of the Great Commission! Visit www.bgav.org and click on missions to discover possibilities.
For local service projects, consider:
Sponsor a local school and what needs are available.
Sponsor the local fire department.
Sponsor a soup kitchen.
Sponsor a local homeless shelter.
Sponsor a local sports team and have someone be a chaplain for them.
The list is endless! The bottom line is we need to look beyond ourselves and see how we can share hope and love in our world!