Ministry – Trying something new

I have done a variety of volunteer work over the years. Of course I spend a lot of time working at and for the church where my husband is the pastor, but I’ve also gone on mission trips and spent several years volunteering at a pregnancy resource center. But recently I got to do something new.

A group of us volunteered for a couple of hours at a ministry that collects products from private donations or churches or corporations and then sorts, packages, and ships them around the world. Donations may include food, personal care products, clothing, even empty pill bottles and unused paint. Basically this ministry turns what might go into a landfill into something useful to bless others. Fantastic!

Our little group made personal care kits and packed them onto skids for distribution. We started each kit with a large zipper bag and filled it with lotion, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, and other items. One well-known hair care company had even donated some lovely black satin cosmetic bags. Ladies, wouldn’t it be encouraging to receive a little luxury like that in the middle of hard times?

Companies donate surplus products that might otherwise end up in a landfill so that ministry organizations can ship them to people in need around the world.

Companies donate surplus products that might otherwise end up in a landfill so that ministry organizations can ship them to people in need around the world.

It seems that a lot of people like to point out problems and wait for someone else to fix them. I love how this ministry is part of the solution. I think I’d like to go back and do some more volunteer work. If I do, I’ll ask for permission to tell you more about them.

What kind of volunteer work do you enjoy?

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2 responses to “Ministry – Trying something new

  1. That sounds like a good program. We can do many kinds of kits and send to the Central Committee…hygiene, infants, sewing, disaster, to name a few. They are good projects for any group in church to be involved in. We also do tied comforters and blankets.

    Some of my knitting cousins got people involved in KAS, Knit-A-Square. Anytime there is a social gathering that involves sitting around at times, like a reunion, they show up with bags of yarn and many many sets of needles. While you sit and chat you can pretty much get a square done. Don’t knit? You may be a knitter before you know it.

    I saw one site for making shoes our of denim…just a simple pattern. If everyone or every family just chose some area to volunteer in a huge difference could be made.


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