Lester Memorial UMC
Monday, March 10, 2014
On Friday, June 17, 2011 a group of Lester Memorial members went to Shoal Creek, Al to cook for the tornado victims and work crews helping with the cleanup of the area. There were about thirty people in the group.
One group set up the big grill at the Shoal Creek Community Center and prepared to cook 250 meals for the local victims and work crews. Another group went to a different site and helped a family with debris removal around their home. It was a wonderful time of fellowship and it was a joy to see people, young and old, joining in an effort to assist our neighbors.
The group is expected to go back for the same exercise tomorrow. Below are some pictures of the event:
Living Micah 6:8
"He has shown you what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?"
Friday, April 1, 2011
I talk about volunteering and service all the time. It's my life. The Youth and Young Adult Coordinator asked me to talk about service and giving to the youth on Saturday (tomorrow), and it wasn't until I started working on it that I realized how difficult it was going to be. I had no idea how to say "freely give of your time and money" to a group of people who have nothing. Times are harder in Senegal than ever before. The people are going to work and not receiving any money, yet on Sunday mornings when the offering time comes, they all give. I watch them dig around in their pockets for even one coin, even 100 CFA, which is 20 cents. And they want me to teach them about giving? They're teaching me about giving. They've taught me that you give when you have nothing to give. According to the Senegalese, you find something to give to God, because he has given us everything. That's not a new concept, 2 Corinthians 9:7-8 says, "Each of you must make up your own mind about how much to give. But don’t feel sorry that you must give and don’t feel that you are forced to give. God loves people who love to give. God will bless you with more than enough to do all kinds of good things for others.” It's written there for us, plain and simple. You find something to give because God has given you everything and he will continue to "bless you with more than enough." You may say, "But Anna, times are hard. I can barely pay the bills, and prices on everything are increasing everyday." Let me tell you, my friend, you haven't seen hard times unless you've been in a developing country recently. God has given you more than enough, and now it's your turn to give it away. People need you. I see people everyday on the streets and in the churches who are looking to me for help, and now I'm looking to you. We all have something to give, no matter the amount. I pray that you find what you can give and give it.
According to Matthew 5:14-16, "You are like light for the whole world. A city built on top of a hill cannot be hidden, and no one would light a lamp and put it under a clay pot. A lamp is placed on a lampstand, where it can give light to everyone in the house. Make your light shine, so that others will see the good that you do and will praise your Father in heaven." My friends, you are the light in this dark world, now shine so that everyone will praise your God.
To help the people of Senegal today, your gift can be sent to Jacki Goode (my mother), who will then put it into my Senegalese bank account, so that I can give it while I'm here. If you need the address, let me know. If you want to give to a specific church/program/person, that can be arranged. If you want to give to the church of Senegal regularly, that can be done through The Advance of the United Methodist Church.
Thank you to all of those who have already given, God will truly bless you for the love that you have shown to his people.
Posted by Anna Virginia Goode at 7:35 AM
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