Today, I received an encouraging email from a friend of a friend. He had visited our Empower Youth site and was inquiring about how he could be involved. I’m pretty excited as I am with everyone who has emailed or sent me quick Facebook messages.
As I ended my letter in reply to his inquiry, I said we are long on need and short on resources. Then–send. Then–I started thinking… is that really true?
I mean I know the “long on need” is true. It seems the Lord is ever trying to place people who have very legitimate needs in our path. Today, a young single Mom with transmission trouble after she spent money on repairs less than 24 hours ago. Last night, a child wanting so desperately to go to camp whose family is surviving on her Mom’s babysitting work that varies week to week. This afternoon, another brown eyed girl asked if I could help her earn money for camp as her Mom’s salary as a home health aide doesn’t leave room for extras. The need is long as I just made a list of 25 children who I know really need camp but have no way of paying for it–and those are just the children I know. I’m sure that as soon as word gets out that more will start asking.
So yes… Long on need fits. Short on resources? Hmmmmm. Maybe I was overdramatic? …just a little.
I’m not completely short on resources. I have been in contact with many people who want to volunteer and with each volunteer I’m praying for them to have contact with someone or some organization that will be able to help us. Short on resources… not really when you figure, we are tied in to a very large network. We are tied into the body of Christ. As I have witnessed, folks don’t have to be local to help. Our first donation came from a beautiful friend a hundred miles from Bethel.
So what can you really do? Well if you work for a grocery store or other retail company, how about seeing if we can get funds or gift cards to purchase food or even gift cards to give away. We actually thought it would be cool to give away an Ipad for those attending our summer in the park as an incentive for folks to come. So…who knows Apple 🙂
What can you do? Where do you work– can you check to see if your company offers grants or other funds to local charities? Now that we are 501c3 we are able to accept tax-deductible donations.
What can you do? Are you a member of rotary, lion’s club, vfw, big brothers/big sisters, or any other organization that is looking to mentor students? The sooner we are forging relationships the more we can do to grow our kids into youth who can make a difference in this community.
What can you do? Influence those around you with resources. Pray for us. Ask me how you can help and I will meet with you and figure out the right spot. Send us a donation. Or send us an application or a link to a program that you think will help us. Somebody call Ellen!
Wow… I guess we aren’t that short on resources. They are there. I just need help in mining them. If you’d like to help with the mining– Hi Ho Hi Ho, it’s off to work we go!