The last blog I wrote; I wrote about knowing those who labour among you. Today I am going to be writing along the same vain but on a more personal tip. God had placed it on my heart to do ministry unconventionally from the normal brick and mortar church. Three years ago I made a challenge to myself to help the people in my community in a way that I did not see happening already. That is where this Coat Drive was born. God wanted me to be able to give a labor of Love to people that could not only be seen or heard but that was tangible. I listened to what God has asked me to do and the Coat Drive has grown more and more every year. Through this drive God has blessed me to be able to show his love to people that were homeless, people whose houses had burned down, people that were just down on their luck. God is truly making it work for all types of people.
I have really taken to heart what the scripture says in the Book of John. I want to show you two different translation but the word in them both drives me to do the work that God has called me to do and I pray that through you reading this it will do the same for you. In the Message Bible the verse says
“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.”
John 1:14 MSG
Where the King James says
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
John 1:14 KJV
Both versions of the scripture says something important to me. That Jesus came on this earth not just to speak to the people from the Temple, but to dwell with them to move into their neighborhood. He came and met the people where they were and didn’t tell them that they had to make a change in order for them to see him. However the change in the people who were living in sin happened because they were able to see Jesus just the way that they were.
God allowing me to do this Coat Drive is a way that he has allowed me to move into the neighborhood of so many people who need the love of God but also need their physical needs met as well. I am working on making this Coat Drive larger than it has ever been before. God is allowing it to touch people that have never been able to help me before. I am enjoying the work that God is doing in the lives of his people. I also want to challenge those who read this to find something that you can do in the neighborhoods that God has placed you in. If you need help getting started let me know and I will support you in your endeavor to “Move Into The Neighborhood!
Yours In Christ,
A Christian Dad