Day 4 – June 2
Volunteers will help in a variety of ways during Community Outreach Day and throughout the 2013 Indiana United Methodist Annual Conference, to be the hands, feet, voice, and heart of Jesus. Allow the organizations to communicate their visions of being “world changers” and inspire volunteers to quickly implement the changes.
Matthew 25:34-36 The Message
34-36 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:
I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’
37-40 “Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me – you did it to me.’”
A few organizations are the focus for the Community Outreach Day at the 2013 Indiana United Methodist Annual Conference: Fletcher Place Community Center, Brightwood neighborhood with Habitat for Humanity and Neighbor-to-Neighbor house repairs, painting at the Brightwood Community Center, packing or serving lunches for the homeless at Roberts Park UMC, and knitting baby blankets for Riley Hospital for Children. Look into the faces of the individuals who frequent these community centers. When the people feel confident to connect with your eyes, you may witness sadness, depression, hopelessness, or rejection, BUT GOD loves them and searches to find people who will bring them hope, joy, and acceptance. Others know the love of God and bring you joyful blessings in the midst of serving them. Is your heart being tugged to volunteer in Indianapolis to receive training to take back to your community to solve problems? Do not be afraid to accept the call to help the less fortunate. The Holy Spirit will provide people, connections, opportunities to serve, and skills you will need. Become a “World Changer,” one family, or neighborhood at a time.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, Lover of the lost and least, please use our hands, feet, words, gifts, and talents to serve the people you place before us. Help us to see them through your eyes of grace and mercy. Continually provide opportunities to bless people in need through these organizations and others. Fine tune our ears to hear your voice calling us to serve the least of those crying in the night seeking your help. Utilize the gifts and talents you have given me so we can serve you through these activities. Please anoint all of the volunteers to exemplify godly love and divine glory as people receive healing, hope, forgiveness, and love which will be life-changing for them. Protect, guide, and bless the volunteers, in the precious name of Jesus Christ. Amen.