Sunday, December 13, 2009

Quiet Time- Help Needed

From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. Luke 12:48
This week Quiet Time will be a little different because I need your help. A little background first...Through the amazing wonder of God's plan I came to meet some faithful people doing God's work. I was lucky enough to go with these people before Thanksgiving to Choctaw County, a small place on the Alabama/Mississippi border, to deliver food to families in need that had been donated to this group. We spent the day not only giving food to these people, but also praying with them. They were the poorest of the poor, yet they seemed happier to give thanks to God than to receive food. One family we visited literally only eats what they can kill. They live in a trailer belonging to someone else and have practically nothing. I took this picture in the trailer because I was moved that in this desolate place on the wall hung these two pictures (on either side of the flag)....
I had to include this picture because these faces make my heart melt...
Each and every one of their stories is moving. These people are good people who are trying their best to get out of their current situation. I couldn't believe that this exists here, that people could live without food, clothing, heat, water. In the past Patrick and I had sponsored "angels" and donated to organizations, but to see these places and meet the people first hand was life changing.
This is where I must ask for your help. For Christmas the group has adopted these families but their needs outweigh our means. While ideally the children would all get something special like toys, they need school uniforms, shoes, coats and school supplies desperately. The families need food, money for water tanks, any clothing available-new or used. They were supposed to come to Birmingham (they are 2 hours away) for a Christmas celebration, that has not worked out but we are still trying to do some celebration for them.

First and most importantly we/they need prayers. I know everyone is strapped right now or you have your own charitable cause but prayer is free! And more importantly prayer is far more powerful than anything that can be bought.

Second, if you would like to help in any other way it would be most appreciated. I hate to ask this on the blog, but this an outlet God gave me and I am called to use it. If you think you could help in any way or you would like to have more background information on these families please e-mail me @ mariannestrong@aol.com or you can e-mail Lisa (the organizer) @ LALA2541@aol.com . As always thank you for reading these posts, it means so much to me!

You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:11

12 comments:

Kara said...

M~please email me your home address. I want to help.
Love you!
Kara

Deidra said...

It's something to actually meet the people who need our help, isn't it? I will join you in prayer. Be blessed!

Hill Country House Girl said...

I love your hands on involvement. My husband and I have been talking about how we can help people in ways other than just writing a check. Of course, the monetary donations are needed but I want to do better at teaching my girls about giving their time, energy,and from their hearts. Wonderful post. Thank you for sharing and yes, you have my prayers.

Catherine said...

Beautiful post! Thank you for doing this and sharing it. I have emailed the person you said was coordinating the efforts. I think this is just great. You have done these folks in need a great service!

Rachel said...

They definitely have my prayers. What a wonderful thing you guys did for these people. I think it's always important to remember how lucky most of us are, and to not forget that there are people out there that could use our help.

Thanks for sharing with this post.

Blueprint Bliss said...

Such a great post. I will def pray for them. So glad you were able to go.

Deliciously Organized said...

I will keep them in my prayers.

DesBisoux said...

what a beautiful post!! it's good to be reminded that we shouldn't take everything for granted and be thankful for what we have...

Laura Jens said...

Lovely. Thoughts and prayers that everyone will be blessed with all they need. xo

nestegg said...

Great post!!! Such touching pictures. I'll definitely pray for them... xoRH

Vanessa said...

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It really touched my heart. May God bless you in your ministry to these families.

Love and Merry Christmas
Vanessa

Stephanie Sabbe said...

Marianne! I just read this post. That is wonderful that you are getting to do God's work so close to home. I will keep them in my prayers. I love reading about your zeal to serve the Lord and I like that you blog about it.