Tuesday, October 2, 2007

It Takes The Church

It has been great seeing so many of you volunteering for our Habitat build. We’ve had about 20 people out on every Friday and Saturday hammering away and the house is going up on schedule. I know many of the Life Groups and even some ministry teams have encouraged their members to participate together. Serving together, especially on a ministry outside of your normal comfort zone really helps build community in a group. Participating is also a way of helping to bring about change. Habitat is a ministry that was formed to help those, who could not afford housing a way to do so, without government help.
To really change this world, the church is going to have to be involved in their community and do more things like Habitat to help solve problems. There is an incredible amount of resources and talent available if this huge mass of believers in the U.S. would use their gifts to make a difference. Experience shows us that government can’t provide the answers. We need to look at the real issues and problems around us and then do something about it.

Change The World

Innovative ministry ideas

One of our biggest problems in San Antonio is the issue of child abuse. There are presently 5,755 confirmed victims of child abuse and neglect in Bexar County. One way we can make a difference is through the Child Advocates of San Antonio (CASA) volunteer program. The CASA advocates fill in the gap between the foster homes, the parents and the courts. The volunteers spend time with the child and learn about the issues involved in the case. They then become the voice for the child in child abuse cases. CASA helps train the volunteers. It does require a considerable commitment from the volunteers but what an incredible way to make a difference and share the love of Christ to a child who desperately needs love. Those who are involved in the foster care process will tell you how much a CASA volunteer can make a difference in the outcome of the case. The problem is that there are not enough volunteers. If you would like to help or know someone who would, contact Christina Diaz at 225-7070.

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