The title quote is by Elenor Roat and it's a good question. I have pondered it many times in the past only to walk away afraid or feeling insignificant, asking my self what could I possibly have to offer someone in need. Though I have not many material possessions, no money, or financial clout that I may give. But there is one thing...God has blessed me with unbelievable life experiences and a heart that He has filled with His love for others and that is enough, it's all we need, for Jesus will take care of the rest. Last week my church ,The Place went to serve and minister to the families at the Ronald McDonald House in St. Petersberg. It was a great time and even greater to see the kids so passionate about going and helping. most of our youth were under the age of 14 but to watch them in action you might think they were the most grown up bunch. They worked with all their might to clean and prepare a lunch for the families as well as play with the siblings of the sick children. Carla, Pastor Kens wife a.k.a. Domestic Diva, cooked a delicious saffron rice w/chicken accompanied by black beans and a huge cob salad followed by the BEST EVER IN THE WHOLE WORLD CHOCOLATE TRIFLE!!!!! Ooohhhh it was to die for people trust me ( I wish we had taste-o-blogging)this rich chocolaty cake/pudding-y creamy thing was truly Divine!!! And by the way did you all know that coffee enhances the flavor of chocolate???? Well, Carla said it does and I believe her because that was no ordinary cake or pudding!!!! LOL
We met a few moms who had children in the hospital, you could see the appreciation on their faces as lunch was being served. I have included in this post some quotes from famous missionaries I hope you read them and think about what each one is saying because there are so many people right here in our own country who have not been touched by the love of Christ through one of his servants yet, many may have heard about Jesus but many have never seen Him through a Christians act of service, kindness and love. People need to know that someone cares for them and that Jesus loves them even those who seem unlovable, even those who we do not identify with in circumstance because we all identify as humans in need of love and friendship and caring. Here is some info about the House:
Ronald McDonald House of Tampa Bay provides a "home-away-from-home" for families with children receiving medical treatment in bay area hospitals.
Ronald McDonald House of Tampa Bay is comprised of three Houses, two in St. Petersburg and one in Tampa, offering a total of 66 bedrooms with private baths. We are owned and operated by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay (RMHCTB), a non-profit Florida corporation whose Board of Trustees consist of parents, leaders, McDonald’s Owner-Operators, McDonald’s Corporation staff, medical professionals and other interested individuals in the community.
Ways you can help!!!
Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. We have many volunteer opportunities to suit your schedule and preferences, whether serving as a House Volunteer, a Teen Volunteer, working with our Meal & Casserole Program or working as a Special Event or Speaker's Bureau Volunteer. Be sure to check out our featured volunteer profile!
DID YOU KNOW? Ronald McDonald House is supported entirely by donations from individuals, businesses and organizations.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay is a non-profit organization whose success is dependent upon charitable donations from individuals, businesses and organizations from our community. Your tax-deductible donation directly supports our pediatric families in the Tampa Bay area. For more information on making a charitable contribution, please contact Janice L. Davis at (813) 258-6430, ext. 1.
"Sympathy is no substitute for action." -- David Livingstone
"Christ wants not nibblers of the possible, but grabbers of the impossible." -- C.T. Studd
"The will of God -- nothing less, nothing more, nothing else." -- F. E. Marsh (also attributed to Bobby Richardson)
"If the Great Commission is true, our plans are not too big; they are too small." -- Pat Morley
"Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God" -- William Carey
"Let my heart be broken with the things that break God's heart" -- Bob Pierce, World Vision founder
"Missions is the overflow of our delight in God because missions is the overflow of God's delight in being God." --John Piper
"God is pursuing with omnipotent passion a worldwide purpose of gathering joyful worshipers for Himself from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. He has an inexhaustible enthusiasm for the supremacy of His name among the nations. Therefore, let us bring our affections into line with His, and, for the sake of His name, let us renounce the quest for worldly comforts and join His global purpose." -- John Piper
"Is not the commission of our Lord still binding upon us? Can we not do more than now we are doing?" -- William Carey
"Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell; I wish to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell." -- C.T. Studd
"What's your dream and to what corner of the missions world will it take you?" -- Elenor Roat
"Love is the root of missions; sacrifice is the fruit of missions" -- Roderick Davis
"Missionary zeal does not grow out of intellectual beliefs, nor out of theological arguments, but out of love" -- Roland Allen
"I believe that in each generation God has called enough men and women to evangelize all the yet unreached tribes of the earth. It is not God who does not call. It is man who will not respond!" -- Isobel Kuhn, missionary to China and Thailand
Expressing the aggressive leadership that was his in spiritual endeavors, C.T. Studd wrote:
"Nail the colours to the mast! That is the right thing to do, and, therefore, that is what we must do, and do it now. What colours? The colours of Christ, the work He has given us to do — the evangelization of all the unevangelized. Christ wants not nibblers of the possible, but grabbers of the impossible, by faith in the omnipotence, fidelity, and wisdom of the Almighty Saviour Who gave the command. Is there a wall in our path? By our God we will leap over it! Are there lions and scorpions in our way? We will trample them under our feet! Does a mountain bar our progress? Saying, 'Be thou cast into the sea,' we will march on. Soldiers of Jesus! Never surrender! Nail the colours to the mast!"