An Update from Margie, May 2016
Margie writes about a busy two months and is already making plans for the start of school in the fall. If your class or small group can contribute backpacks or supplies, email Margie.
A Reminder to Love the Stranger: A friend of mine wrote a paper about the ministry for her class. She used this scripture in her paper and it really spoke to my heart. Deuteronomy 10:18-19, “He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.” It brought tears to my eyes as I stopped and pondered what God has done in the past 7 years. In the photo at left, a volunteer and an apartment resident work together to plant flowers.
Helping: Through the clothing closet, diapers and wipes are supplied for babies. Clothing and shoes are not longer collected or stored as space is extremely limited and it is impossible to keep everything that someone may need. Gift cards are more efficient and give the refugees flexibility to purchase what they need.
Back to School Needs: Supplies and backpacks will be collected in June and distributed to students the last week in July. Read about a challenging and rewarding "Backpack Day" in 2014. If your Sunday School class or small group can collect backpacks or supplies, email Margie.
Spring Fling at St. Cloud: We planted flowers and some vegetable plants with the kids and then all had pizza for our hard labor!
May Mother's Day Events: At St. Cloud, we gave out gifts of personal care items for each lady and served them cake and milk tea. The ladies expressed such joy at receiving their gifts. The mothers at Crescent Oak apartments enjoyed painting flower pots and planting flowers. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped to love the mothers on their special day.
Medical Camp Provided by Hope Clinic: They came to St. Cloud and registered residents for services they provide at the clinic. Students at the University of Houston school of Optometry and a professor performed free eye exams for the residents. For those who needed glasses, they provided references where the residents could find eyeglasses at a reduced or no cost. We wrapped up the clinic with a pizza party and group photo.
Summer Activities: Volunteers plan to keep an apartment open for the kids to come and play and for the adults to have ESL classes. This will provide a great opportunity to try out our smoothie maker, quesadilla maker, and pizza maker!
Volunteers Needed: What gifts and talents has God given you that you could use for His glory? Summer is a busy time, but I pray that you will find a project to be involved in and serve the Lord.
May the Lord bless you and keep you and protect you this summer!
email Margie www.4loavesfishes.org
"Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and will be repaid in full" Proverbs 19:17