S O S - SERVING OUR SAVIOR
By Patti Goodrum, Executive Director, Love In the Name of Christ of Nacogdoches
For the past year, Love INC has worked with a handful of churches in a newer ministry called Adopt A Building (or AAB). The idea was started by Francis Chan, the best-selling author of Crazy Love, and Christian Huang, the executive director of San Francisco City Impact, to mobilize churches in the Bay Area as well as City Impact’s volunteers to address injustices, as well as pray with, serve, and share the gospel with the residents in the Tenderloin District (inner city) of San Francisco, California.
AAB Nac was started to give churches in Nacogdoches an easy, practical way to serve in our community. When a church partners with Love INC for AAB they “adopt” a lower-income area of town, apartment building, or trailer park to serve with food, prayer, and anything else that would benefit the residents. Love INC comes along side these outreaches when residents have needs such as rent, utility assistance or furniture from our Warehouse Ministry. We’ve been really excited to see how churches are taking ownership of these outreaches to “love their neighbors”. One recent example is Christ Episcopal’s AAB outreach. The apartments they’ve “adopted” are specifically for lower income people living with some sort of disability. Church members from Christ Episcopal started going to this complex to take meals to fifteen residents who received meals-on-wheels during the week, but did not have much food on the weekend or any transportation to the local food pantries. As relationships were built, Christ Episcopal joined AAB to utilize Love INC’s resources to better serve the residents. Last weekend Christ Episcopal partnered with Eric Moll, of the Nacogdoches Food Forest, as well as a few SFA students from the Department of Social Work to build raised garden beds at their adopted apartment. The residents got to pick what vegetables and herbs they wanted to plant and learned how to take care of them until it is time to harvest.
Hopefully this food meets a physical need, as well as serves as a daily reminder of how people in the community care about them. For the Christians who live there and the church members who planted them, may these plants serve as a reminder of how we are to abide in Christ.
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.” – John 15:4
Attendance and participation in this year’s Holy Week services sponsored by the Nacogdoches Ministerial Alliance and hosted by First United Methodist Church were better than expected. Several new clergy members contributed the time and their talents to make the week a worshipful and meaningful time. Lunches provided by different churches were delicious and gave the attendees an opportunity to fellowship together and enjoy a meal.
First United Methodist Church also hosted a Prayer Room, with nine different stations for visitors to journey and prayerfully contemplate the meaning and importance of Holy Week. Each station gave the visitor an opportunity to reflect on their personal relationship with Christ and to think about the sacrifices He made for each of us. They also provided a Prayer Room for children, with guidelines for ‘What to Pray’ at various times, such as before bed, at mealtime, ‘when I am sad’, ‘when I am happy’. The church and Fellowship Hall were decorated beautifully, welcoming those from different denominations to benefit from and be blessed by Holy Week.
Proceeds from Holy Week all went to benefit Love In the Name of Christ Help Neighbor Fund. We are very thankful to share with you that over $4,078.00 was donated this year. This is the most we have collected from Holy Week services, and we will do our very best to be responsible with these resources, focusing on the needs of those we serve with the Help Neighbor Fund.
The current validated requests made to Love INC are listed below. Your help is most appreciated.
Single male, first time applicant asking for utility assistance. He got behind on his utilities when he switched jobs in order to pursue his college education. He is employed full time and should be able to pay in the future. He made a substantial partial payment himself, and is asking for assistance with the balance in the amount of $100.00.
Other validated requests are for new or gently used:
Sofas and Loveseats
Dressers and Chest of drawers
Fans and window unit air conditioners
Twin, Full, and Queen size mattresses
Twin, Full and Queen Bed Frames
Kitchen and Dining room tables and chairs
Kitchen Utensils and Silverware
HOW TO DONATE
Monetary donations are needed to meet the on-going requests made by verified applicants:
P.O. Box 630423
Nacogdoches, TX 75963
PayPal on our website
QUALIFYING THE NEED
The Love INC staff spends much time verifying, validating and ensuring that all requests made by people in need are legitimate.
S.O.S. (Serving Our Savior)