Generosity of TOUCH, Part 2

Here are some more stories about generosity of touch.

Story #1 (stories from Andy Wright, Pastor to Junior High Students):

Two mothers, Margaret Downs and Anne Stenson lead a monthly effort to provide breakfast for all our students on “Breakfast Sundays,” when the students often invite friends to come to church with them.  This service is totally behind the scenes, but a great example of giving TIME and TOUCH to those who don’t “offer much in return!”

Paul Siegwald, a High School student, has sacrificed an amazing opportunity to connect with some brothers on Tuesday nights in his own small group, and instead, he has taken a group of 8th grade boys as a valuable small group leader and is seeking to point them towards Jesus.  It is one thing to give up being a part of a small group when your small group is boring, but Paul has a great peer group!  Thank God for the blessing he is to our Jr. High students!

Story #2: After reading Francis Chan’s Crazy Love this past summer, I felt God nudging me to quit making excuses about why I wasn’t serving those around me and get involved in ministry. I’ve known about World Relief for more than three years, but I always had an excuse for not getting involved. “I work full time. I’m pregnant. I have an infant. My life is busy…” (insert any applicable excuse in here). We can so easily talk ourselves out of getting involved because we think we are either already doing enough or we have to wait for the next life stage or someone else will do it, etc.

Anyway, we signed up with World Relief to house refugee families that are resettling in the Seattle area. Within two weeks of completing our application and background check, I received a call from World Relief. They needed housing for a young Iraqi couple with an infant son. When they came to our home, they had been in the U.S. for 24 hours and had spent their first night in Florida in the immigration process. They left everyone and everything they knew behind. They had one large suitcase and a backpack for two adults and their 10-month-old infant. We had them in our home for four nights and have stayed connected to them as “cultural companions.” We’ve visited them about two to three times a month.

I feel like there is so much more we can do for God’s kingdom and His people. We don’t have to travel to an exotic country and be away from our family to serve another family in need. The mission field is right here in our own backyard. World Relief is a local Christian organization that “welcomes the stranger” here in our own area.

Story #3: Pam (Liu) Davila is a former student of mine and member of Northshore. Several years ago, she did a very generous and brave thing. Her mother needed a kidney transplant, so Pam donated one of her kidneys to her. It was a successful transplant, and I know Pam’s parents are very grateful for her sacrifice.  Pam was in her early twenties when she did this.  Here’s a bit of background on Pam. She and her family immigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan when Pam was only 3 or 4 years old.  Through the prayers and influence of some Christian friends, Pam gave her life to the Lord when she was a sophomore in high school. Pam was in my Spanish classes all 4 years of high school. It was a pleasure to see her mature and blossom in her Christian faith and in her Spanish abilities. A few years after graduating from Wheaton College, Pam went as a missionary to Peru for two years. There she met her husband, Fernando Davila. Pam and Fernando started going to Northshore about a year ago. Pam’s parents are not yet believers, but I know they see the positive things Pam’s faith has produced in her life, and prayerfully, they will one day come to know the Lord.

Story #4: I began homeschooling my 7th grade daughters last fall for the first time.  Since they were in 3rd grade at Shelton View, in each of the 3rd grade classes, I have led reading groups.  I’ve done it every year since and really enjoy sharing my love for reading.  Since my daughters also love to read, I wanted to continue leading the groups, so every Wednesday and Thursday morning, the three of us head up to Shelton View and lead a group of 3rd graders for about 40 minutes.  We discuss what the book is about and take turns reading.  My daughters love doing it and both have some kids where English is their second language.  We look forward to these special times each week.

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