Circle of Blessing
By Priscilla Lane
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. ~Matthew 18:1-5
A few months ago Anna Coleman approached me about the possibility of the GCR children she teaches doing something for the children at Midland Fair Havens. After our discussions it was decided that the GCR children would collect toys for the Fair Havens children. Toys were collected and received and the families at Fair Havens were blessed. But the blessing didn’t end with the toys. The older children at Fair Havens were told of the bake sale that Anna’s classes were planning to benefit High Sky Children’s Ranch. The Fair Havens children excitedly made goodies to be sold at the bake sale.
The families at Midland Fair Havens are very thankful for the blessings and gifts they receive from the Midland community as well as Golf Course Road church members. One of my goals for the children at Fair Havens is to let them experience the joy of giving back. A couple of Wednesday nights ago four of the Fair Havens children helped in the King’s Storehouse to sack the groceries and then load them into cars of the clients that had registered for food. Sherri Lowery and Barbara Roland directed our children in this task and adults and children were blessed by the interaction of serving. Later in the evening the four previously mentioned children help load used men’s suit jackets from the King’s Storehouse and take them to the coat drive being held by the Men’s Warehouse.
One may wonder what age a person needs to be to bless others. Two Golf Course church families are an example that one is never to young to reach out and bless others. Eric and April West and their three children (from 1 year old to second grader) and Cindy and Russell Weathers and their three sons (kindergarten through fourth grade) served in the King’s Storehouse a while back. At the end of the evening I marveled at how blessed everyone was by these families. The parents were examples to their children of serving others. The children were eager and willing to make the experience a happy and blessed one for all the adults involved- clients as well as GCR adults.
I believe that these little children are whom I need to emulate in serving and blessing others. How about you?
Editor’s Note: The King’s Storehouse has been ministering to families in need for over 15 years. It is located in the northwest corner of our campus in a red brick building. Each Wednesday night up to 75 families come, by appointment, to receive aid in the form of clothing, food, and sometimes household items. A crew of friendly helpers facilitates this ministry, coordinated by Priscilla Lane. Each week in this publication is a list of things that are currently needed to provide for the families who come. In just a few weeks, this ministry will be putting together the annual Christmas Basket project that provides a food gift to 150 families. If you would like to visit with Priscilla about helping in the King’s Storehouse, or with the Christmas Basket project, give her a call at 683-6160.