Friday challenge: help somebody who's struggling financially this week

Andy Rau

July 18, 2008

My husband and I have been doing this for awhile now, and are encouraging others in our church to do so. <br>When we see "buy one, get one free" sales at the grocery store, we deliver the free items to families in our church on fixed incomes or in other tight financial circumstances. It saves them a trip to the store, and helps out on their grocery bill as well.<br>It has inspired other members of our church to look for ways to share with one another as the family of God.

July 18, 2008

LJ, that's great to hear. I love the "buy one get one free" idea--it makes me think that there are probably a million little service opportunities waiting for us every time we go shopping, run errands, buy groceries, etc. But we have to have our eyes open to see them.

July 18, 2008

I have found that people on a budget are often uncomfortable of any "handouts" that seem like pity. So I've sent a gift card anonymously with a note telling them Jesus loves them. <br><br>It can be tricky, this servanthood we're called to! Why is it easier to offer help than receive it? :-p<br><br>

Sean Reid
July 20, 2008

A gas gift gard is such a simple way to share with someone in need and show practical love to a neighbor! Thanks for the helpful kick in the pants ;-)

Barbara Ballard
July 21, 2008

I think that is a wonderful idea. I've been praying for God to give me ways to use my time talent and treasure. I went yesterday to purchase some bible study lesson to pass out to a couple of people and to continue to do follow up visit with them of course. The gas card is a new/good idea for me to share. Pray for me and my family, everyone out there that me and my family will grow closer to God by studying His Word and being obedient in Jesus'<br> Name. God Bless You All.

Dean Rainbow
July 22, 2008

I guess my wife and I are one of those who "were having trouble making ends meet before gas hit $4.25 a gallon." Its amazing how the Lord allows these times in our lives! I've been unemployed for a year now due to a medical condition (seizures), last December my wife's daughter and two grandsons had to, literally, flee for their lives from her husband in GA. The extra costs of three more mouths to care for.<br><br>Today, the water is supposed to be shut off and it looks like the phone is next. But you know what? GOD IS IN CONTROL!!! He will NEVER allow more in our lives than we can "handle" when we look only to Him. Perhaps He has these circumstances in mind to work that we might comfort another someday down the road (II Cor 1:3,4). <br><br>It is my heart's deep desire to be able to assist others in this wonderful ministry, as Lord enables us. In HIs time. Amen?

July 24, 2008

As someone on the receiving end, I'll tell you what it is for me. Pride. Yep that's right, too proud to accept help graciously. I hate that...

July 24, 2008

After dean's comment, I feel odd posting but I'm one of those that need the help too. My wife and I have been married for 8.5 years now and for whatever reason can never seem to get ahead. Mostly it is from stupid decisions on our part rather than some sort of life crisis. Right now we are helping out my wifes grandparents since her grandpa cannot work any more and that's hurting a lot.<br><br>Right now we are struggling to live on about 140 every 2 weeks. That's for gas and food for 5 people, plus dog food once a month. After a tank of gas were left with 80 for food. We try to drive as little as possible (I work at home so that helps) and walk/ride a bike as much as possible.<br><br>Guess right now, I'm just scared, I know God is going to take care of us but I'm scared. I keep praying that he will pay off a bill for us and he doesn't, that is hard me/us. Don't tell me I need to have more faith, I do, I know he will but he doesn't. <br><br>Ok, enough feeling sorry for myself.

July 25, 2008

Great post! I am glad you wrote this... it is something that we all need to keep in mind. Things might be tough for us, but there is always someone for whom it is tougher still...

Andy's Post
July 31, 2008

my name is kristian I have a wife anette and daughter Kristiana, who is 7yrs old. I was laid off my job and we eventualy lost our home. All of our things we put in storage. we are now living in a 10 foot travel trailer that I restored for family trips. No one knows this of coarse. We are too ashamed to confide in anyone, even fellow christians of our circumstance. We have prayed relentlessly and know god has his hands on us always. We came to the town of Southern pines N.C. to hopefully secure a job, and A home&lt; then eventualy get our furniture, etc back. I have had no luck obtaining any employment. maybe because of my lack of an address. I dont know. I am in the library now with $63 left in my pocket and our one month at the campsight is up. I nor my wife nor my wife drinks, smokes or does drugs. were a beautiful family. I'm scared but I have faith. .Please pray for us..... 910 783 4360

Austin Wells
November 12, 2008

Its a great post and useful also because today everybody want to buy shopping goods online.<br>Thanks for such an helpful post.

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