Most volunteers will come and go as part of the natural cycle in the volunteerhood. There's no need to cover the reasons why, people give what they can give - life is busy and always changing. This article is only being written to provide a glimpse into one of the hardest parts of ministry is finding and keeping volunteers.
The Bible talks about laborers being in short supply amongst an abundance of people needing to be loved. Here's how it reads from Matthew 9:35-38 in The Message:
"Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages.
He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news,
and healed their diseased bodies,
healed their bruised and hurt lives.
When he looked out over the crowds,
his heart broke.
So confused and aimless they were,
like sheep with no shepherd.
“What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples.
“How few workers!
On your knees and pray for harvest hands!”
Here's what we're asking you to do. Pray for more volunteers who will meet the need and volunteer to love their neighbors through the activities of Compassion Ministries and Youth With A Purpose. We serve meals on the streets that are freely given. We're blessed by churches and organizations who donate clothes, toys, books and Bibles that we freely give away. Some folks give financially so we can buy socks and underwear for folks who live on the street or in homeless shelters.
Our ministry opportunities are growing and we need your help. Many churches are doing many good things in sharing the Good News of Christ. Does your church have an outreach team? Would you like to take your Bible Study and put some real life application to it?
In one of our recent outreaches at the Flagstaff Shelter, a young lady put her knowledge of the Bible into action. She went the extra mile to help a lady who was laying next to a sidewalk on a piece of cardboard near a drainage ditch. In her own vehicle, she took the lady and her wheelchair along with her dog to a motel. This is what the young woman said after her act of charity: "I was reading James in the Bible and it talked about doing more than just praying. If we see a need we can fulfill and only pray, we're hypocrites!"
You can read for yourself what it says in James 2:15-17 from The Message:
Faith in Action"Dear friends,
do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything?
Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it?
For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say,
“Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!”
and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup--
where does that get you?
Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?"
If you'd like to volunteer with our ministries or become a sponsor or prayer partner, please let us know. Leave a message below or call 716-830-8240. We will also help train your outreach team. Thanks for your time. Go do something nice for somebody. Jesus loves you and so do we.
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