Sometimes I wake up early in the morning around 4 a.m. I use to hate it when this would happen and I would lay on my bed, tossing and turning, trying to get back to sleep. Now, I no longer fight it. In fact, I often am glad when I wake up early in the morning. It is a gift to be able to spend some quiet, uninterrupted time alone with God. This morning I woke up at 4:30 a.m. and quietly slipped on my bathrobe and slippers and walked through the house into the kitchen for my quiet time with God. The kitchen counter and dining area table was loaded with handmade scarves, children's shoes, soaps, shampoos, t-shirts, granola bars, socks, hats and gloves, mints, gum, candy and boxes of quart size zip lock bags. My heart was immediately filled with joy, peace and gratitude. These items had been mailed and given to us from precious people all over the country who generously gave of their time, energy and money to donate these items to Soaring Wings Ministries. We had recently put out an appeal for help with items to give out to the homeless people and the items all over our kitchen counter and dining room table were evidence of the answer to our appeal. My heart truly felt blessed from this outpouring of generosity.
Amidst the scarves, socks, shoes, shampoos, soap, t-shirts, granola bars, mints, gum, candy, hats and gloves I sat down at our kitchen counter with a cup of tea and opened by Bible to read the 6th chapter in Mark. Part of this chapter describes Jesus sending out the twelve disciples and in verse 7 it says that "he sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits.". Did you ever wonder why Jesus sent the disciples out two by two instead of sending each one out individually? Surely they could have covered more area and reached more people had they gone out individually. I think Jesus knew that the disciples would need encouragement, companionship and support. I think Jesus knew that teamwork was important. As I read this verse and looked at all the items on our kitchen counter and dining room table I knew I was seeing teamwork in action!
When Ed and I first began to develop Soaring Wings Ministries we knew that we would not be able to go it alone. We knew that we would need people from all walks of life to come alongside us and help us. Teamwork is important. God knew it was important. Even though God is able to accomplish anything that He desires, He has deemed that people here on earth need each other and how wise He is!!! As Soaring Wings Ministries grows, so does our realization that the growth has come about because of others and because of God. People have come alongside us and donated their time, energy and financial support to help the homeless here in Colorado. Without your help and without God's blessing and guidance Soaring Wings Ministries would be floundering and instead it is flourishing and growing each day. Our hearts are full of gratitude and joy for your outpouring of generosity to the homeless here in Colorado and we are so blessed to see how teamwork in action can move God's work forward. Teamwork, from all over the United States, will give encouragement and joy to discouraged, hurting people. Teamwork, as God intended, will give much needed encouragement, companionship and support to hurting, homeless people.
All of the donated items for the homeless have been sorted through and bagged and are ready to be distributed to the homeless. The items that you donated, that you spent your time and money on will go out this weekend to a hurting world. We will go, as a team, to Jefferson Park in Fort Collins and distribute the socks, hats, gloves, scarves, soap, shampoo and other items to the people who are there. We will also bring them fresh donuts and hot coffee. The motto for Soaring Wings Ministries is "Hope in Action". As we distribute the items that you donated we will see teamwork in action bring our motto to life. "Hope in Action" because of teamwork in action.....people working together, as God intended, to bring hope and love to a hurting world.
Anita Rennells is the author of this blog. She and her husband have moved to Colorado when Ed retired and are in the process of opening a ranch to help homeless young adults.
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