There is a reality that underlies ACTION. When God touches our lives with His love, we were meant to pass it along.
Each spring ACTION volunteers reach out to people who need a touch from God. When Joy, an ACTION volunteer and passionate Christian learned about a neighbor, Sandra, who was alone and in need of assistance, she called and they talked for an hour. Later she learned that Sandra was in the hospital having fallen in her home and laid there unconscious for days. Pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital, by God’s grace the emergency team was able to revive Sandra. When Joy went to visit the hospital staff was relieved; finally someone knew this woman and was coming to visit.
How does Sandra’s story end? The good news is that her story hasn’t ended; it has become a story where love is growing again. Sandra’s family has always loved and cared for her, but did not realize her situation. They soon traveled to town and were joined by a caring team of ACTION volunteers who spent days helping Sandra throughout her home. “I can’t thank you enough,” Sandra’s father said to the ACTION team. “Just being able to talk to you eases me greatly!”
Sandra is surrounded by a circle of love again. She has reconnected with family and has a new family of ACTION volunteers to call her own. Her smile has returned and hope is reborn. And Joy, she too is smiling for in being used by God to bless Sandra, Joy has been doubly blessed herself.
There is another reality that underlies ACTION. When we pass along God’s love, it grows.
Sandra and Joy are just one example of God’s love in action. Imagine if every Christian acted like that, how we could blanket our community with the love of God that keeps on growing. The recession, job losses, family conflicts, even poverty wouldn’t stand a chance. Our community would tell a story of how God’s love prevailed.
How has God’s love touched your life? Please join us in blanketing our community with His love? That’s our mission and passion at ACTION, to help one another in any way we can.
2/21/2011 UPDATE: Sandi is now going to church regularly and will soon be connecting with a small group. She has also been volunteering her time as an ACTION Angel. Praise you Lord for all of your blessings!