Linking you to service opportunities in our local community

Linking you to service opportunities in our local community

Sunday, December 30, 2007

me of little faith

Below is an excerpt from an email of the person who submitted the need that was posted the day of TNC's Christmas communion service. If you don't remember, the need was for items of clothing and toys for two little boys who are victims of sexual abuse by a family member. The boys are now being cared for by their grandmother and that is who is mentioned in the email below. This is a good example of how many of us probably feel when we see people with needs that we want to help, but we don't know exactly how God will provide for us as we try to help them. She turned to Link'd Up for help with meeting the needs of the little boys and the rest is His-story.

...... it was awesome taking her the stuff. I was truly over-whelmed with the generosity of whoever all it was - and on such short notice. I'll confess - I had decided it wasn't going to happen and I was just going to try and put everything on my credit card. After that night (and sorry I misunderstood and kept y'all waiting) God kept bringing to mind "ye of little faith" - except it was "me of little faith." So anyway, I was so excited when I saw everything. Nothing like an answered prayer sitting on your kitchen counter. I took her the stuff Christmas Eve - she got teary-eyed (again). I met more of the family, and the kids were running around (very excited too). I gave her a "fish" card - turns out she lives about 5 minutes from the new Columbia County campus - probably not a coincidence. So you can keep that in your prayers - I would love for all of them to come. Anyway, thank you for your help. It's neat to be so obviously reminded of how good God is and how much He cares for all of us.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

How big is your faith?

This is an awesome story of God's faithfulness and timing:

The Need:My husband and I have a friend who is a very hard worker, positive person to be around, yet, it is very difficult for him to make ends meet for his growing family. He was having a hard time making it to work, because his car kept breaking down. I asked my husband what this family needed most, he laughed and said, "A car." So, I posted it on Link'd up and waited.

The Answer:A few days went by and I began to think that this 'need' was too much to ask. The next day, (NO LIE) I got a call from a TrueNorther who was PUMPED to give this family her car! She said that her parents had given HER the car 9 months ago to sell or give to her kids, but something inside her told her to save the car. Then she read the Link'd Up email about the NEED and she said the Holy Spirit told her right then that that was why she was saving the car. WOW!

The Surprise:My husband and I picked up the car, took it to the man's workplace and had him do touch up paint work on it all day. The "customer" showed up at lunch, thanked him for doing a fabulous job, told him that she was giving the car to someone as a present and that 'someone' was HIM. He could not believe it. He kept walking around and around the car saying, "Oh man." When he drove it home that night, his wife wouldn' believe him :).

In conclusion, this family came to church last Sunday for the first time in many years. They said TrueNorth is not a church, but a congregation. They felt accepted and happy to be there.Thanks to Link'd Up and a giving heart, this family has been extremely blessed and all credit goes to Jesus! Lift Him UP!