Greetings to all,
I wanted to share some of the latest activities regarding our online store ministry with those of you who are passionate about spreading the Good News of Salvation in Jesus through the things we use.
A few months ago, the Lord blessed me with an opportunity to partner with some friends and their church groups from the Calvary Chapel Kaneohe. I was asked to come up with a product that would best support their planned homeless outreach. After brainstorming with the team on several different ideas and submitting sample products to them, they zeroed in on a medium-sized cooler tote bag (much like a lunch/snack bag) with the ABC’s of Salvation printed on it.
The idea is to give the homeless individuals something they would want to keep that has the powerful message of the ABC’s of Salvation, unlike a paper bag or cardboard box that would wind up littering the gorgeous beaches of Oahu where their encampments are located. The bag would then be filled with necessities such as bottles of water, food items, toiletries, and whatever else the group decides.
After this project to the homeless was shared with an online member and sister in Christ, she also took it upon herself along with her family members to do something similar in their community in Colorado. They then came up with this awesome idea of creating water bottle labels that would share the love of Jesus through an anointed message. Their plan is to swap out the orginal water bottle labels with the ones I then created, and put the water bottles into the Cooler Tote Bag with some food items, a Bible, toiletries & hygiene products, perhaps a long-sleeved T-shirt that would help keep them warm in the coming fall and winter months. We also have a set of pass-along Bible promises and prayers that they might include in the bag or perhaps as an insert inside the Bible.
I haven’t been posting lately about our small business ministry but thought I’d share this latest development with those of you who may be prompted by the Holy Spirit to do something similar in your community.
My husband and I will be doing the same in our neck of the woods. The homeless population has exploded here in the Sacramento area. We will be going to the dollar store for covered tumblers to put the stickers on, and also for socks, toiletry items and the like, and will keep fresh bottled water and food bars in the car to include in the bag. We also plan to prepare some burgers or chicken patty sandwiches before visting some of the smaller encampments and distributing the bags.
For now, we keep a box of the ABC cooler bags in the car in case we see someone who needs food or cash. If there is time to buy a burger and a drink or any food item from the grocery store, my hubby (this is his role in the ministry ) then places them in the bag and hands them over with a word of blessing. A few days from now, we will have cooler bags filled with goodies that would send the powerful message of eternal life in Jesus through the ABC’s of Salvation on the bags and through our humble acts of kindness and love under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, for the needy and the lost around us.
Below are photos of these items with links to our store, in case you’re led by the Lord to use our products for an outreach of your own.
COOLER TOTE BAG WITH ABC’S OF SALVATION
JESUS IS THE LIVING WATER STICKER
PASS-ALONG BIBLE PRAYERS & STICKERS
We also have some FREE bumper stickers available while supplies last.
I would greatly appreciate feedback and any other thoughts and ideas on how we can all extend the love of Jesus through outreach activity during these last days, before we meet our Lord face to face.
Matthew 25:40 - "The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
In Jesus’ love & service,