Yesterday I told you about The Christmas Craft Fair I did a few weeks ago. I made an incredible $600! This is twice as much as I have made before. Before the show I try to decide who I want to give the proceeds to, but I had two groups in my mind. Thinking I would only make about $250 on a good day, I knew I would have to pick just one organization. Little did I know that God had much bigger things in mind. At the end of the day, I am able to give $300 to P.S. I Love You Ministries AND $300 Sidewalk Hope!Several years ago, a few church leaders realized that even with a church on almost every corner of our city, Spartanburg was rated one of the top miserable places to live. If the church represents love, hope, restoration, new life, then why such misery? Come Closer came to be. Church leaders, business leaders, prayer intercessors, volunteers, and every day christians came together to love this city back to life.
People from all denominations, races and backgrounds started tending to the hungry, the widowed, the jobless, the homeless and the children. Every week a bus would drive through the inner city neighborhoods to pick up children to bring them to church. When the Journey Church, who hosted the Wednesday night program, ran out of room for the hundreds of children who would eagerly arrive, Chip Walters had a dream, “What if we could go to the children?” Thus Sidewalk Hope was born. Chip and her volunteers drive to different spiritually neglected housing projects, drop the side of the truck down and set up church. Children pour out of their homes to see Miss Chip and hear the gospel.I had the privilege to participate in Truth and Treat. Volunteers donated hundreds of Halloween buckets and several trunk loads of candy. At each neighborhood the children heard a lesson about what is truth. Then one by one, the children would “visit” a volunteer, (maybe 10 or more stations). Of course, the children were out-of-their-mind excited about getting candy! In fact, once the word got that there was free candy going on, the kids got older and older.But that didn’t matter. It wasn’t the candy they were there for. At each station, the child heard a truth about them. Unfortunately these children don’t hear much truth. They hear lies from everyone around them…they are dumb, ugly, no good. We wanted them to hear what God has to say about them….they are beautiful; they were created so unique that there isn’t anyone in the whole world like them; they have gifts and talents; they are good. They are loved. Each volunteer looked the child in the eye and told that child whatever truth that came to their mind. In the end, I think I may have gotten more out of it than the children. At first when the child would walk up to me, me being the first they would see, because I had the buckets, many would have a wall of distrust and attitude up. But then when I would put my arm around them, look them in the eye and tell them how amazing they are and how much God loves them, each one would just begin to melt.
So who cares if the child was 5 years old or 16 or even a parent, God had something important to say to them. EditWhen Sidewalk Hope discovered that most of the children had no bed to sleep in, they decided to give each child a pillow pet and a blanket. Over 450 pillows and fleece blankets have been donated. But this, my friends, is what Sidewalk Hope is all about. The mission is to teach God’s unchanging truth and to raise up a new generation that can lead, parent and change this city to life.
Again, I am so happy to give $300 to Sidewalk Hope!
Unfortunately, a few weeks ago, the Sidewalk Hope truck was in an accident. No one was hurt, but the truck was wrecked. $4500 is needed to repair the truck, but we are praying to give this organization a new start with expenses and raise $30,000. Can you help? Send a check to Hope Point / Sidewalk Hope in memo line P.O. box 170151, Spartanburg, SC 29301.
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