Yep, I'm expecting . . . God to do something pretty amazing in my local community. (Now, don't be mad about the shameless ploy to get you to click on the link. I just really wanted everyone to hear about this!)
Here's a riddle for you: Who is better poised to minister to the needs of a community than a local church?
The answer: THE local church, meaning not one community church but ALL of them, working together toward a common goal. I am so proud to be a part of The Bethany Project, a new mission, uniting local churches to minister to the needs of our community. I love to see churches working together to accomplish God's commandment to love Him by loving others and feel blessed to be serving as our church's representative.
The Bethany Project, founded in honor of Bethany Roebuck Etheridge, seeks to provide love, hope, and care to our community through various missions. First, we are hosting Hello Baby, which will be held on June 2. On this day, anyone in need can come to First Baptist Church and stock up on baby items free of charge. Donations to stock the event are being accepted now at all area churches. Items we are collecting include the following:
new or gently used children's clothing, sizes birth-5T, diapers, diaper bags, baby wipes, baby shampoo, baby powder, baby lotion, etc, baby blankets, crib sheets, baby laundry detergent, baby bottles (basically anything "baby.")
If you live locally and would like to donate, you can drop off items at a participating church or drop them on my doorstep. :) We are accepting donations through May 27th. If you live further away but would like to be a part of what's going on here, you could make a monetary donation that I could use to fill in the gaps once I see what we need more of before June 2.
Later this year, The Bethany Project will be hosting missions to provide school supplies and coats to those in need.
Now, as for the title of this post. . . (With my right hand in the air,) I do hereby solemnly swear not to title any future blog post with this title unless it bears the exciting news which you would expect to discover therein. ;)