Lisa, a retired engineer turned library director, sat looking at her phone as she sipped her morning coffee. It had been a year since she had retired and she was looking for something, some new way to connect with and love those around her. Not knowing what path to follow, Lisa prayed.
Elsewhere, Tricia and her husband John also prayed as they held the hands of their little foster son, five-year-old Sam. They had been to several hospital visits, sat in a number of waiting rooms, and watched Sam go through one painful round of medication after another. They weren’t sure how they would make it through to the next day.
Sarah was just 17 years old when everything she knew was taken from her. Whispers of war coming to her home country of Sudan slowly turned into metal bullets and bodies tossed into mass graves.
Her mother’s voice, once strong, now caught with fear each time she said, “All would be ok.” As the darkness of the Second Sudanese Civil War descended across the country, it robbed, shattered, and uprooted the lives of millions—including Sarah's.
On one fateful day in 1992, war tore Sarah away from her family. Sarah's mother had secretly arranged for her to travel with relatives to a refugee camp. In her mother's eyes, Sarah was old enough to take care of herself and leaving was the only chance Sarah had to secure a good education. When the relatives arrived, Sarah remembers, “I didn't want to leave my mom and go, but she said, ‘God is great and will bring you back some day.’” Those were the last words Sarah clung to...
Someone once said, "You will know you've found your calling from God if the cause you are working for brings you to tears." I have found this to be very true in my life, and that is why my family has become involved in foster care. Every time I think about kids who are hurting, neglected, or abused, it brings me to tears, and I feel compelled to do something to help. I feel moved to be part of the solution.
"You will know you've found your calling from God if the cause you are working for brings you to tears."
Volunteering is about more than just giving up a few hours or days of your time. It's a way for you to bring glory to God by utilizing the skills and talents He has blessed you with. You get to connect with people and cultures outside your own, and in the process, discover more about the world God created. Volunteering is an exciting experience that carries with it a multitude of blessings and memories for the person who decides to serve their neighbor in Christ-like love. We want you to have the best volunteering experience possible, which is why we have pulled together our top ten tips for volunteering.
Irmo, South Carolina is a special place to me. It’s the place where, four years ago, my husband and I were assigned on Call Day at the Seminary to Hope Lutheran Church. It’s where we brought both our daughter and son home. It’s where I now call home and where I have been blessed to be part of a congregation that is on fire to serve its surrounding community.
But our church had a problem that many churches can experience.
While we wanted to serve others around us, we were missing a straight-forward, accessible, and meaningful approach for serving our community.