Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Providing Work for Those in Need

We're back!

There is a lot of "catch-up" to do from being gone. You know how it goes. But with email and my Blackjack, there were not too many surprises. With email and my Blackjack phone, for better or for worse, I kept up with most of what was happening while away. You are less overwhelmed when you get back, but you are potentially more distracted while gone. Maybe we should just check email while traveling to and from our vacation spot.

One thing that is clear is that there are still a number of ministries that we need to develop/shore up, such as the Young Professionals ministry, ministry to widows, etc.

Another ministry that we need to develop is that of providing work for those who need it. We always give food and clothing for those who come in to the church building who have financial needs; however, there are often other, legitimate needs that we cannot meet. A Hispanic man named Christopher came in today needing help with his electricity bill. We do not have funds for this, but I offered him some yard work for $10 an hour at my house. (This is the second guy I have employed.) He was very eager to do this. So he will be here shortly, and I'll get him started.

We need to get a list of people who would be willing to offer work for those who need it. Yard work seems to fit the background of most of those who are coming in. It also is a bit safer, since it is outside. The people coming in, however, have not seemed like threats at all. They simply need work.

Would you be willing to offer work to those who need it? If so, what kind of work would you offer?