Venice: high water in Piazza San Marco. The gondolas are furrowing it. Fault of desertification, of global warming? We are in 1825, 2 centuries ago! The Venetian painter of that time, Vincenzo Chilone, depicted Piazza S. Marco flooded. It was December 9th 194 years ago. Sotheby’s declares. The history of the climate is endless and the scammers looking for financing and gullible are many
Proverbs 3:27 NLT
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them.
Several years ago a sweet lady asked to see me. As she sat across the desk from me we talked about he needs in our community as we have before. She said with lots of conviction that it was time to do something.
That is when the winter warming center was birthed in our community. A local pastor friend and I worked on some details and enlisted the help and building at the Salvation Army. We were off and running.
The first year was light. We didn’t serve many people, but it was a good start. I believe that was about six years ago, and it has been a good ride. Many people have been served. Lots of volunteers have given countless hours and much heart to serve those in need. I am grateful for each and every one.
Yet we come to a time where change is needed, but there continues to be a crisis of homelessness especially as the weather gets very cold at night. We have begun a work that compliments the warming center in the transition house for homeless men that continues to serve and help men get back on their feet.
The winter warming center needs a new home and many new volunteers, and it looks like that is a reality in front of us. There is a meeting at our local coffee shop, the Daily Grind in Uptown Martinsville, Tuesday at 5pm where we will examine the need and announce where God is leading this project. I am grateful for those who have stepped up.
Would you pray?
Pray that God would help us meet needs of those who are out in the cold or do not have adequate heat in their homes.
Will you give?
It takes resources and money to get things done. You can give in many ways. Let me know, or our leaders know, how you want to give.
Will you commit to serve?
There are jobs for everyone from organizing items, to preparing meals, to staying overnight with guests, and many more ways to serve.
Why do we do this? It is because there is a need, and God has given us the ability and heart to help others.
1 Peter 4:10 NLT
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
To help with the warming center email IwanttohelpWC@gmail.com or contact me.
#warming up the floor @marcelo_calero @elranchotorontoofficial (at El Rancho Latin Nightclub)
Years ago I heard Pastor Tommy Barnett preach. Actually I heard him a few times across a couple years and in different places. What he said hit my heart, stirred my God-given passion and has stuck with me.
Find a need and fill it. Find a hurt and heal it.
Those are two of the statements that Pastor Barnett said that have continued to rattle around in my mind. Around the same time Matthew Barnett, Pastor Tommy’s son, also had a great impact on my life.
Whoever shows up most in someone’s life wins the battle of influence.
All of those seem a little clique, but they hit home with me. The reason why God has given us breath and movement and a heart is so we can do something for others. I challenge you, as I have many times before, to do something. Use what you have. Make a difference in the lives of others.
Philippians 2:4 NASB
do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
Titus 3:14 NASB
Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.
There are many needs around us. We see them each and every day, and the choice is ours to do something about these things. Don’t look at the resource or the money or even the process. Look at the people first. God loves people. That is the big deal.
Over the last few weeks I have been involved in several conversations concerning the Winter Warming Center in Martinsville and Henry County. We have come to a crisis where we do not have adequate volunteers or space. What I am saying is we need to do something about the needs around us. If you are in the area and want to help, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call the church (276-647-8231).
There is something for everyone to do. The choice is yours to use what you have and to serve others!
Galatians 5:13 NLT
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.
(via Warming Yellow Split Pea Soup)
When you catch the sky transition
Desktop warmer, remote control with cooling and warming function. Hot item and ideal for summer and winter.
I wanna tell 16 year old me that everyone is mostly ok, but to try and save more energy bc Global Warming is Truly A Thing