Power of Simple Deeds

MHH Wide shotWe are privileged to be the host church for a cooperative organization called Many Helping Hands.  A collection of faith communities that weekly share this privilege of serving a meal with some of our friends who don’t currently have homes.  It is a simple thing to do, but it brings with it an explosive profundity when we are paying close attention to what God is doing in the room.

Last night Christine, FUMC, Irving’s Lay leader, was paying attention. She woke up this morning and shared her spirit led impressions.  I want to share them with you.  She writes:

I’m savoring the way God links hearts together that wants to offer a helping hand to persons who could use some good fortunate . Two women showed up to see what Many Helping Hands (MMH) is about. Lana had met Queenie while they were getting a pedicure – Lana never misses an opportunity to speak about the ministry. Queenie has run Fred’s BBQ on Irving Blvd. ‘forever’. Just from that little conversation at a salon, Queenie said ‘I’ll bring some stew and cornbread’ Thursday night. She stayed to serve.MHH Line shot

Hope Fellowship was the host – Lana and Sheila weren’t sure what they could fix – Cindy Guidry at Leather Ministry called to say she had a large dish of chopped brisket – so they decided on sandwiches, salad, and Kroger pies ($2.99) Lana was celebrating her daughter’s birthday – so there was, Queenie, San (a grateful once- on- the- street volunteer who comes every week to help in the kitchen and wash dishes) Marni, and me……..as well as Cece in the kitchen to help. Gary M. and Bill were at the drink table – Paul C. and Rod were ‘security’. Cede knew a little about MHH, but wanted more and promised to visit church in a couple of weeks. Cede jumped in to wash tables. There was a sense of unity that was sweeter than anything I’ve experienced lately.  I was reminded again how it only takes a spark to get a fire going –

 

The afternoon began with Marni and I shopping thrift stores and finding bargains (for the needs list) –  and then to MHH  where we sang You are My Sunshine, led by Mickey, one our friends without a home! One of the items on the needs list is a guitar pick – I have no idea about kinds, etc., but I’m calling Tom U. I’m sure he has lots of different ones to share. Oh for that spark to infuse FUMC  and the entire Body of Christ

MHH kitchen shotI share her story because it is another illustration of the power of a simple act of service.  It can infuse a heart that becomes so infected by it’s joy, others like me are touched by its spirit.  I pray in my sharing it, I have helped to pass the spark on…..

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  1. Yes!

  2. I like this story and how it relates to where we are as a church much more than considering the resurrection of the urban church. I think FUMCIrving is headed in the right direction, in the right time and in the right places


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