Over the last few months, the Lord has been challenging me to love and serve more like Him. With head first, I dove into the Bible and prayer to learn exactly what loving more like Him would look like. Of course, this will be an ongoing learning experience for the rest of my life, as I will never, ever be able to attain that depth of Christ’s love. However, I feel, like the song says, my prayer is, “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters, wherever You would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wonder, where my faith will be made stronger, in the presence of my Savior.” The Lord is pressing to “take me deeper”. Deeper where? Deeper into a life of love, service and ministry for Him.
Now when I think of a life filled of serving others, I think of someone who doesn’t have a regular, full-time job and spends their days volunteering and/or evangelizing. Right now, this is not an option for me and I feel that is not the direction the Lord is leading me. However, I do feel like the Lord is showing me ways that I can minister to people in the middle of my everyday life. Currently, I work 32-40 hours per week, I have a husband, two babies, church responsibilities, home responsibilities, and try to squeeze in some sleep here and there. Yet, the Lord has been showing me simple ways to serve others in the middle of the madness. He’s showing me the ministry in the mundane.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some ideas of how to minister to others with some easy things that can be incorporated into every day life. Some will cost a little money, some will just cost your time. However, all of them will be ways to just show a little more love and shine God’s light in the middle of the darkness of this world.
So, here’s the first idea!
Voice of the Martyrs Action Packs
Voice of the Martyrs is a great organization that supports persecuted Christians in other countries. Right now, their main focus is Pakistan, Sudan and Iraq, where persecution is at a high. I’ve followed VOM for sometime now and have been hoping that they would introduce a more hands-on way of helping. They do have volunteer opportunities at their office in Bartlesville, OK. However, I haven’t been able to make the drive there to do that (it’s about a 4 hour drive from where I’m at). And, most people aren’t even within driving distance! So, I’m VERY happy they’ve incorporated these action packs that you can fill. You pay $7 for the huge bag and they give you a list of more commonly needed items. Items include blankets, clothes, towels and soap to name a few. Once you gather all of the items, you fill out the paper showing what you’ve included in the bag. They also like for you to include a family photo or letter (they can translate) to give a name or face to ones receiving the package. Then, you seal it all up and ship it to the VOM office and they are distributed to the persecuted saints from there. It’s an awesome opportunity to help the Christians suffering at the hands of ISIS, the Boko Haram, and other hate groups. I can’t wait to gather all the items and have my high-school Sunday School class put the bags together. It’s a great activity to do with your kids and it would be wonderful to have them draw a picture or right a note to encourage these people as well! The bags can easily be put together in an hour or so and you’ve just helped who knows how many people! Awesome!
Click here to check out the Voice of the Martyrs website to find out more ways you can help!