Monday, December 12, 2011

win

We really value stories at Nativity -- it's the currency of our ministry. Hearing stories of how God is working in people's lives and in our church gives encouragement to us and gives glory to God. If you have a story to share, you can always pass it along by commenting here on our blog or sending an e-mail to missions@churchnativity.tv. Here's an e-mail I just received from one of our Project Thanksgiving participants -- awesome to see how God is using our church to work in this person's life.
I had been searching for the right church for a few years. In October, I began attending Mass at Nativity, but I did not know anyone from the church. One or two weeks before I attended Access Point to become an official member, was the Project Thanksgiving sign up weekend. Not only was I impressed by the fact that Nativity was collecting food bags, but they were providing opportunities for members to participate "hands on" in projects throughout our communities... I signed up for the Eastside Emergency Family Shelter lunch on December 2nd. I was looking forward to the volunteer service, but I also thought it would be a nice way to meet some other members of Nativity.
The leader knew of a group of women who were interested in this particular shelter. The women happen to belong to a small group that meets on Wednesdays. We provided a hot lunch of stuffed shells, garlic bread and salad. The staff and residents were pleased with the lunch and very appreciative, which made this a rewarding experience. It felt so nice to be able to help others.
Then I received a pleasant surprise, the girls asked me to join their small group!! I was so touched by their warmth and friendliness! This will be the first time I've been in a small group. I was going to wait until after the holidays to sign up for a group, but in an answer to a prayer, this group was put into my life! This experience has been another example of by striving to do good for God, God does wonderful things for us!!
Amen! God indeed does wonderful things for us -- and what a great story showing how when we obey God in service, we then receive blessings in return. The win here for Nativity is how one step led to another and another, and our church was able to encourage that growth and blessing. Equally as awesome was to see the generosity and welcoming nature of a small group to invite a new member! Help us celebrate stories of God winning at our church.  He's at work in your life; don't be afraid to share it with others...

Monday, December 5, 2011

school lunch program

During our November trip we were able to see the lunch program in action. Here's a brief video of the students at St. Anne's eating in their brand new school cafeteria.