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Weekend of Service

Posted by on May 18, 2008 in community, edification, fellowship, gathering, love, service | Comments Off

This has been a very busy weekend. I’ve been trying to decide how to describe everything that happened this weekend, but I’ve come to the conclusion that its impossible. I’ll simply touch on a few highlights.

Friday night and Saturday morning, our family and some friends took part in the North Raleigh / Wake Forest Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. We were able to raise more money than we had expected thanks to the generous donations of our families and friends. More importantly, Friday night, Margaret and another friends had the chance to serve dinner and dessert to almost 100 cancer survivors. They worked for a total of four hours while other people were enjoying the Relay for Life event. What a blessing and an example they are for us!

Saturday afternoon and evening, we helped a single friend of ours move. She moved in with another family who are also friends of ours. We are so encouraged that she asked for help, and that the family offered to help her in her living situation. Many people are too proud to ask for help, and many are too concerned about themselves and their family to open up their homes to others. God has surrounded us with some very special people.

Sunday, after our weekly church meeting, we had lunch with many of our friends. We were able to visit with some friends from Chicago that we have not seen in almost a year. As we were cleaning up, a man walked up and asked me about a deli near our meeting location. I told him the deli was closed. I asked if he needed something to eat, and he said yes. So, I invited him in to join us. Although everything had been packed up, several ladies grabbed their left-overs and fixed him a huge plate of food. As he ate, several people came over to introduce themselves and to ask him about himself. It was such a blessing to see my brothers and sisters demonstrating God’s love to someone they did not know.