Hope in the World of the 21st Century.

A story of Hope,

“This morning, I went to Walmart and left with more than the items in my bag…

I stood there, my debit card poised over the Interact terminal, when a voice diverted the course of my day. “Would you mind if I paid for your groceries?” I turned to see a smiling young man, his friend standing behind him. I’m sure I gave him an awkward smile, my eyebrows twisted into some sort of question mark. I began to ask about this random act of kindness when the cashier explained they were from Kingswood University. In the span of about five seconds, I stumbled through at least a hundred different thoughts. Very quickly I settled on one. Mere days before, my friend had shared of how she had received a special act of kindness and how, in receiving, she had endowed the giver with a blessing. And so the question came again. “Would you allow me to pay for your groceries?” I agreed, saying that I would love to let him be my blessing. He paid. He reminded me that Jesus loves me. I reminded him of the same. We smiled, parted ways and never knew each other’s names.

It was only $10 and change. I could have paid for it. I could have paid for mine and his and the next guy’s if I had wanted. Money wasn’t the issue. Love was. In that simple action, a brother in Christ had jolted me out of my fog. He had opened my eyes to our human connectivity. No longer were the people of my day, landscape to my movement. They were becoming the images of God. Expressions of Himself. Incarnations of His existence. I was also reminded that, in the anonymity of routine, God had seen me.

So, to the young man, with the smile and the servant’s heart…thank you. For being the hands and feet of Jesus. For shining your light unabashedly. For empowering me to pass along a blessing to “the least of these”. Well done…

This story brings Hope to this World of ours. This is a story from my School, Kingswood University. Its amazing at what God can do through each and every one of us. God works in crazy and mysteries ways but he is always working no matter the circumstance. God is so good. Words cannot describe the feelings I felt when I received this email and began to weep… Knowing that God is working in small ways here is amazing and knowing that God is working in big ways around the world is also amazing…

This story is from Samaritans Purse and is called Love Finds A Way.

When Joana received a gift-filled shoebox in the Philippines in 2000, she couldn’t have imagined that one day she would meet the 7-year-old boy who packed the box—and that he would be her future husband in America. Joana kept one memento: a small photo of a little blonde-haired boy in a cowboy shirt holding a lariat. The boy had included his name and address, so Joana later wrote him a letter explaining how his gift had impacted her and her family.

The only information she had to go on was a name: Tyrel Wolfe. Numerous options appeared when she did a search. One name popped up from Idaho. The child in the photo was dressed in cowboy-type attire with a rustic mountain background. She had never been to the United States, but she knew that Idaho had mountains. Was this Tyrel Wolfe the one? She clicked on the link and submitted a friend request.

In the rural community of Midvale, Idaho (pop. 160), it was already after 8 p.m. Tyrel checked his Facebook account and was intrigued by a message from “a random girl in the Philippines.” Thus began their Facebook friendship and an exchange of letters and pictures for the next year.

In June 2013, after saving up money for a plane ticket and receiving cautionary blessings from his parents, Tyrel flew to Manila. He had been on an overseas mission trip before, but had never been to Asia, and had never traveled by himself. “I wanted to spend every moment I could with Joana while I was there, because once I left I didn’t know what would happen next,” Tyrel said. “All I knew was Joana was the one.”

Now six weeks into married life, Tyrel and Joana are looking forward to their first Christmas together in the United States. They have started a tradition that they hope to continue every year for the rest of their lives—packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. “And when we start having children, we want to involve them in packing boxes too,” said a smiling Tyrel as he held his wife’s hand. “I remember as a little boy, I was so excited to know the toys and other items I put in the box would bring joy to another child somewhere else in the world.

“I just didn’t know the joy it would bring back to me one day.”

The stories God puts in front of our eyes are amazing…

Here is one more from 12 stone church about Samaritans Purses Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes.

18,163 children will receive a box of joy thanks to you and your family’s compassion!

In addition to the 18k, we have sponsored 9,000 other children in Kenya who will learn about Jesus through a 12-lesson discipleship program!

These stories bring Hope to a world full of violence, lost people, hurting families, and people who are just plain sad. The world can be whatever your eyes see it as… it can be a pretty mountain setting in the Alpes, or it can be a slum in the middle of Tent City in Haiti. The world is large and is ready for some Hope to be brought upon it…

So today as you read this blog show a smile, be compassionate, bring kindness, and love on people today because you never know what that person is going through or how it will affect them and others later. We are called as Christians to love on others and show others the love of Christ by our words and actions! what better way to do this by Random acts of Kindness, or packing a shoe box for a child who cant celebrate Christmas?

SO this holiday season instead of GETING gifts and being thankful for them why not try GIVING gifts and being thankful you could be a part of a process of giving to people who don’t have?

Getting is good but Giving is better.

Now Im not saying don’t go say you don’t want anything for Christmas unless you truly feel God tugging at you to do that but give more than you get.

AND even past this Holiday season give more than you get… Blessings can be made from the smallest of McDonlads cheeseburgers to your fellow student at school who cant afford it, to the homeless man you give $20, or the house you help build for a family in Africa. Whatever you give you gave to someone in need and be thankful for what you have!

A bag from Walmart, a shoe box and a cheeseburger can go a long way to someone entering into a relationship with Christ…

BE BLESSED AND LOVED

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