When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
– Helen Keller
March is a perfect month for serving others. We received this recently from Thrivent and felt it applied to what we should be doing for others this month so we wanted to share:
As God’s stewards, we have the opportunity and responsibility to make a difference by serving the Lord. God has empowered us to faithfully use our gifts, passions and talents to positively impact our churches, communities and the world.
Reflect on the account of the tongue-tied Moses, whom God equipped to be the leader of a vast nation. Study the life of David, an obscure shepherd boy, whom God used to defeat a giant and prepared to be king of Israel. Marvel at God’s patience with Gideon, who asked God for test after test before he was confident enough to undertake the task God entrusted to him. We might find new situations and challenges to be risky or uncomfortable, but just as God was with Moses, David and Gideon, the Lord will be with us in all we undertake in God’s name.
Let’s compare the cooperation of the body of Christ to that of a basketball team. The success of the team depends on the contribution of each player. The guards need to bring the ball down the court, run the offense, make the correct passes, and contribute in scoring. The forwards and the center need t5o rebound and score. All of the positions work together on defense. Each team member plays an essential role on the team and has extraordinary value to the coach and other players. If one of them fails to contribute, the whole team suffers.
We too, as followers of Christ, have a part to contribute on God’s team. As Romans 12:4-5 says, ‘For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.’
When we choose to give our time, energy and talents to serve others, we are taking part in God’s work to share the love of Christ and give God glory. With God working is us and through us, we can make a difference!
Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for giving us gifts and talents to use in service and love for others. Place in our hearts a desire to live faithfully and do the things you have prepared in advance for us to do. Today, we pray that you would bless the work of our hands. May we be good stewards of your blessings and may many lives and hearts be impacted today. May all honor and glory be yours. Amen.’
Minnesota Food Share’s March Campaign is the largest food drive in the state for the entire year. The Campaign theme for 2016 is “A DIFFERENT KIND OF FOOD FIGHT”. During the month of March, all participating food shelves will be accepting donations of food, hygiene items and dollars to purchase food. Remember that each pound of food equals one dollar; every dollar donated to your local food shelf enables them to purchase $10 worth of food. Also during March, most donations are matched so the buying power doubles! Please consider letting God work through us this month by our donations! For more information, click here.
Here’s some CTW family feedback:
Thank you so much for the beautiful crosses. I give one to each new resident that moves into our Assisted Living building. They love them! God bless you for the work you do!
– Denny, The Pines in Jackson, MN
Thank you so much for continuing this mission of Cross The World.
– Dar, MN
My sister’s Methodist Church in St. Paul gave these crosses out last week. I was the lucky ‘Pass It On’ recipient. Thank you so much for your mission to Cross The World! What a great ministry!
– Pamm, WI
More photos from Faith Lutheran Church in Monticello! These very busy and faithful hands prepare cross necklaces which will accompany Faith’s missionaries to Guatemala later this month. Talk about taking part in God’s work and loving every minute of it!! TO GOD GOES THE GLORY!!!
We just wanted you to see what we did with your crosses. We added a necklace and beautiful beads. Each cross is unique and amazing and has your tag written in Spanish. We will hand out 300 crosses when we go on our Helps Mission trip in March. Thank you for being the major provider in this ministry of Cross the World one cross at a time. What an exciting time to be alive and be a servant of the King—–King Jesus.
A day of making cross necklaces to give to people of Guatemala during our Helps Mission trip in March. A beautiful labor of love from giving people of Faith Lutheran Church. God Bless you all!
Crosses were placed in these loving hands during the month of February. We are so proud our family is growing!!
Birch Ridge Resort – Cass Lake, MN
Gerald – ND
Community Lutheran Church – Bullhead City, AZ
Brenda – KY
My Father’s House – Minneapolis, MN
Faith Lutheran Church – W Fargo, ND
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church – Boyertown, PA
Cathie – MN
KTIS Christian Radio – St. Paul, MN
Community Lutheran School – Readlyn, IA
Northern Light Christian Church – Hermantown, MN
LaGrange First United Methodist Church – LaGrange, GA
First Lutheran Church – Little Falls, MN
Green Valley Baptist Church – Las Vegas, NV
New Life Christian Church – South Heights, PA
Dar – MN
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
– 1 Peter 4:10-11