Posts Tagged ‘A Fresh Hope’


A New Kind Of Christmas

December 8, 2008

Back in August we partnered with A Fresh Hope and were able to help them give 1,100 backpacks to families across Northwest Atlanta. Right away, two thoughts came to those of us helping lead this. #1, Did we or could we use this as an entrance point for sharing the gospel? #2 How could we facilitate another ministry opportunity that would help us ‘touch’ these families again? We put the idea of a Christmas Party on the table, not knowing what was coming next.

A month later I was in a meeting with one of our local ministry partners, CAYA. Their volunteer administrator’s eyes were big as saucers as she told me about a ministry opportunity. An extremely vital organization that ministers to the needs of families and children in Paulding Co. was giving us the opportunity to help with their Christmas program. The Paulding Holiday program (run by the Paulding Collaborative) ministers to hundreds of families each Christmas by giving new toys to those who otherwise could not afford it.

After a little bit of discussion they allowed us to partner with them to provide a distribution point for the toys, and we offered to provide a food box for each family as well. How would we do it? By throwing a Christmas Party!

The story gets better, we are not the only church involved. Our great friends at Hope Methodist Church, Church at the Ridge, and Cedarcrest Church, (along with West Ridge Church) are joining together to encourage the families in our community who need it the most this time of year.

Fifteen hundred of them. Fifteen hundred families from Paulding that we did not have to go looking for, they are coming to us. They need support and encouragement and local community service organizations and churches are willing to give it.

We need your help. There is lots of opportunity for you to lend your support. You don’t have to do them all, but everyone can do something. I am placing the opportunities in a separate post to make it easy for you to send along to family and friends.

Everyone Belongs,