Monday, October 28, 2019

Broken Pieces

Broken shells Martha and I picked up on the beach in Panama City, Fla.

Aren't we drawn to beautiful things in life? Vibrant flowers, pristine mountain or beach views. Beautiful people, houses, and cars.

Remember as a kid when playing a pickup game of basketball how you would pick two captains and select teams. The tall kids were usually picked first. Why? Because they looked like basketball players. However, there may have been a Stephen Curry or Spud Webb in the group who were passed over, and they ended up shining brighter than the tall guys.

Thanks to a wonderful couple giving Martha and me their condo for the weekend, we enjoyed a nice walk on the beach in Panama City this past Sunday afternoon. The deep blue sky and bright sun sparkling off the emerald waters of the Gulf made for a perfect day to walk along the shore and look for sea shells.

Most of us look for those perfectly shaped shells with beautiful designs. We were doing that when I spotted a broken shell, and then another and another. A thought came to mind. These shells represent the brokenness all of us have felt at some point in our lives.

I thought about our homeless friends and how they come to Love In Action broken, or we find them in camps with their lives crushed by addiction, mental illness, or situations out of their control. At that moment, I thought, "Isn't that how God finds all of us - broken and hopeless?"

Some of the shells had sharp edges where they were broken off. It reminded me that broken people are hurting people, and hurting people will hurt others, just as the sharp edges of the shells do. Jesus can heal those wounds. He can make straight the crooked and sharp edges in our lives. We just have to surrender to Him.

He doesn't wait for us to clean ourselves up. He knows were are incapable of such a miracle. He takes us right where we are at and makes our lives beautiful.

Today, you may find yourself broken, a complete mess, like some of these shells we found on the beach. The waves of life have tossed and crushed you against the rocks and shore. But, you still have hope, and His name is Jesus.

He is picking you up right now and saying, "I see someone beautiful here." Let Jesus enter in and make you a new creation as we read in 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Are you broken? Call out to Jesus now. He's there waiting for you. Do you know anyone who is broken? Share Jesus with them today. Let them know He can take the ugliest of life's circumstances and make us beautiful. He can take all of our broken pieces and make us whole.

Monday, September 23, 2019

26 souls saved in two weeks

It's always an honor to be a part of a believer following Jesus in baptism.
The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 3:6-7, "I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth."

Day after day and week after week at Love In Action we plant and water seeds of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the hearts of our homeless and needy friends. We can't save them. Only Jesus can. Sometimes it takes a while for a harvest to be reaped. Ask farmers. They know about planting and harvesting.

These past two weeks we have witnessed God bring in a great harvest as 26 people have given their lives to Jesus. Hallelujah! That's why we do what we do day-in and day-out. We enjoy meeting physical needs, and Jesus commands all believers to do so. However, nothing is more important than a soul saved.

Saying last Thursday was an awesome day would be an understatement as 17 people made decisions for Jesus Christ. Praise God! The Holy Spirit moved in such a powerful way during the devotional time. The Holy Spirit was drawing people to Jesus as I shared Psalm 103, John 14:6 and John 3:16-19, and at the end of the message 16 people gave their lives to Jesus in our coffee house. We don't close eyes and bow heads at LIA, so when people make decisions for Jesus they do so unashamedly.

We shouted and celebrated with the angels of Heaven over these decisions. Luke 15:10 says, "There is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents." There had to have been a huge celebration in Heaven over 16 sinners repenting. Later on that same day, a man gave his life to Jesus as one of our volunteers talked and shared the Gospel with him. Glory to Jesus!

God is doing a great work in downtown Dothan, and we give Him all the praise, credit and glory. 

Needs Have Doubled

Since the first quarter of 2019, the needs of those we serve have doubled. We went from serving 1,600 hot meals a month to 3,000 meals each month. People who come to Love In Action to receive help from our food and hygiene pantries have increased from 200 to 435.

As needs increase, so do our expenses. Please pray about giving financially to support Love In Action. When you give, you help us proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through acts of compassion. So far this year, 79 people have made decisions for Jesus. Hallelujah! We could not reach the homeless and needy in Dothan without people donating financially. Your giving helps us be a lifeline for thousands who are either homeless or living in poverty. In Dothan, 1-in-5 live below the poverty line and 1-in-6 are food insecure, meaning they don't know where their next meal is coming from. Your financial donations help us make sure our friends have food, and give them the hand up they need to have hope that through Jesus their situations can change.

Thank you to everyone who donates financially. We couldn't do what we do without you. If you don't, please pray about giving a one-time gift, or becoming a monthly financial partner. You will be storing up treasures in Heaven. (Matthew 6:19-21)

You can mail your tax-deductible donation to: Love In Action, PO Box 85, Dothan, AL 36302, or you may give securely online via PayPal through our website by clicking on this link, and then by clicking on the "Donate" button.
Our tax-exempt number is 63-1274627.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Your giving makes a difference

Sharing the Gospel on the streets of Dothan every Wednesday and Friday.
When people financially support Love In Action, they are making a difference for the glory of God. Those who give help us reach out to the neediest people in our community and show them that they are not forgotten; they are loved and cherished by God and by people right here where they live.
For those who are financial supporters, we say, thank you so much. It humbles us to know people want to make a difference for God and are willing to partner with us. We could not do what we do without you.
As the ministry continues to grow and expand, we need more support than ever before. The needs in our community continue to grow. We see it every day.
You may ask, how does supporting Love In Action financially help? I don’t have enough room in this post to explain it all, but please allow me to give you some highlights.
Your giving allows us to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through acts of compassion to the homeless and needy in Dothan, Alabama.
So far this year, 60 people have made decisions for Jesus here in Dothan. Glory to God for all of the souls saved and lives being transformed for all eternity.
Thanks to your giving, we are able to meet critical physical needs. We went from helping around 200 people a month with groceries through our food pantry to 435 in August. The hot meals we serve have also skyrocketed. We were averaging around 1,600 meals a month. Now we are serving around 3,000.
One-in-six people in Dothan are food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Thanks to people's financial support, they know Love In Action is here to help. We are also able to help those same people with hygiene items and clothes.
Thanks to financial supporters, our homeless friends are able to take showers, and we can wash their clothes. We are able to take hot meals out into the community and homeless camps. The homeless have a safe, cool place to come to on hot days as we open our coffee house to serve them.
There is so much more that people's support does. They help make Love In Action a lifeline for so many people. We cannot say thank you enough.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:19-20, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
Thank you for laying up treasures in Heaven. Great is your reward.
If you would like to make a one-time financial donation to Love In Action or become a monthly financial partner, please mail your tax-deductible donation to: Love In Action, PO Box 85, Dothan, AL 36302. You may also give securely online via PayPal. Just click on this link, and then click on the "Donate" button on our website.
Thank you and God bless you.
We serve 3,000 hot meals every month.

60 people have made decisions for Jesus this year.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Needs double since first of 2019

We usually see an uptick in people needing help with food, clothing and hygiene items during the summer months. A big reason is because school is out and children do not receive breakfast and lunch during the week as they do during the school year.

School started back in August, but we didn't see the number of people in need drop. They have increased.

We served 435 people (individuals and families) through our food and hygiene pantries and clothing rooms in the month of August. That's the most we have helped in one month through our food and hygiene pantries. We also served 3,000 hot meals during August ... another record month.

We have seen the number of homeless and those in need continually rise this year. During the first quarter of 2019 we were meeting needs of 200 people through our food and hygiene pantries. The numbers have steadily risen to 435.

We were averaging 1,600 hot meals a month during the first quarter of 2019. Now we are at 3,000. We are reaching more people with our mobile kitchen, and more people are coming to Love In Action to eat a hot meal.

The reach of our food ministry has increased the reach of our ability to share the Gospel of Jesus, which is most important. We have seen 53 people make decisions for Jesus so far this year, and we praise God for that.

As the ministry continues to increase and reach more people with the Gospel and with vital physical needs such as food, our expenses have increased as well. Please help by making a one-time financial donation, or become a monthly financial partner. Your generosity will help us continue meeting the spiritual and physical needs of the homeless and those living in poverty here in our hometown of Dothan, Ala.

You can mail your tax-deductible donation to: Love In Action, PO Box 85, Dothan, AL 36302, or you may give securely online through our website via PayPal by clicking here and then clicking on the "Donate" button on our website.

Thank you and God bless you.

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