Mail keeps me going…

Posted: February 23, 2018 in Uncategorized

IMG_9568Sometimes in the midst of recruiting volunteers for Out of the Cold, asking for financial support to be able to continue the work I’m doing, figuring out how to fill and where to store 10,000 easter eggs between now and easter, searching for local artists who would be willing to donate their art to Art with a Heart – a community fund raiser, even thinking about getting all the volunteers and projects we will need in place for CityServe, matching new mentors in the mentoring program at the jail, recruiting volunteers for kids ministry at church, planning events for our young adult ministry, and making it to your occasional staff meeting it feels like there isn’t time left to send emails and write blog posts. But there is always SO MUCH to celebrate and so today I wanted to take the time to tell you about it.

  • Friends in jail – one got her GED! At age 44 she finally feels like she has some value. If we were allowed to throw a party while she’s in there we totally would, but instead my friend Beckie and I just rejoiced with her over lunch on the unit and told her we were so proud of her! Another got out of jail recently and her mentor (through Building Hope our mentoring program) had a celebration party for her. What a wonderful way for her to be reminded that she is loved and she has people on her team! Both of these things just absolutely filled my heart!
  • Getting thank you cards from Christmas in the Jail. Raising $5000 for Christmas in the Jail takes away from raising my own financial support so it gets really tricky, but cards like the one pictured in this blog that came this week remind me that it is so worth it. God provides for our needs, so I will keep trusting him…and donating plasma, but whatever.
  • When someone signs up for 4 volunteer spots over the course of 2 weeks for Out of the Cold without even being asked! I love that our church participates in Out of the Cold, but it can be hard to find all the volunteers we need as overnight shifts make work really hard to go to the next day, but we are starting to get our volunteers spots for April filled up and already have 22 of our 56 overnight shifts taken.
  • Our last community movie night had almost 150 people at it! A bunch of them were community members we’ve never met before. We love that Calvary is a safe space in our community.

Hoping to get back to blogging more often, but we’ll see if I find the time. Enjoy the sweetest note below and I hope it encourages you to remember that when you do something – even something small – for a person in your community the effects will last much longer than you know…

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