Reaching Out

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Because my marketing friends tell me my last post was too lengthy and didn’t get straight to the point quick enough (translation: you went on too much of a rant instead of just dropping the main details, lol!) I decided to share a “to the point” post.

I was making a comparison about how 2 months ago my gay brother asked for help for his dog’s medical expenses due to a brain tumor. My brother created a Go Fund Me campaign and had multiple shares, encouraging comments, and donations.

2 months ago my friend, who is a believer and connected to the local church, was (and is) struggling financially after her husband decided to walk out on her a little over a year and a half ago. In a desperate and humbling plea for help she created a Go Fund Me campaign to help with expenses for a down payment for a car.  She got a few donations, which I know she was grateful for,  but if you looked at her page in comparison to my brother’s you would see the significant difference in the community around them.

I was writing to express a deep hurt in my heart and to ask if anyone else saw this?  I just couldn’t comprehend how my brother’s dog could be more supported than a single mom who follows Jesus and is plugged into the local church?

Which then led me to share with you Franklin Community House.  This is a house in the Franklin community that will provide a second (third, fourth …) chance to disenfranchised men who are wanting to do better and contribute to society even though they may have hit a rough patch.

The project needs $225,000 to secure the house that will be used for this amazing purpose.  Thanks to gracious givers in the community $24,000 has been raised.  As you can see there is a still a large gap to fill.  I know that God can use our community to provide this miracle.

I just keep seeing the image of God asking Moses to hold out his hands and staff. When Moses was leading the Israelites out of Egypt they came to the Red Sea.  They were trapped.  There was no way out and the Egyptian army was closing in on them.  God asked Moses to raise his staff and stretch out his hand over the sea to divide the waters. (Exodus 14:15-16) A few verses later the scripture says: “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided,and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.” (Exodus 14:21-22)

God provided the miracle but he needed Moses to move in faith.  I believe that we, this community, can move in faith and watch God provide the miracle that will bless the men in this community that have been forgotten, that have been tossed aside … the least of these.

Would you pray and believe?  Would you please consider giving and sharing this message?

I have sat in a church service where over 3 million dollars was raised by 1500 followers of Christ (with a 6 month preparation period)… but that’s just CRAZY, right?!  I have seen the glory of God shine through His people and I believe God wants to provide this miracle.

I’m providing links below where you can support two needs if God impresses it upon your heart.

Franklin Community House

precious, single mama who could really use some support from her brothers and sisters in Christ. **UPDATE** Since originally posting this blog she has met her goal of $1000.00 due to a very gracious donor, PRAISE GOD!!  But don’t let that stop you from pouring out more on her and her boys.  

I pray that God would move mightily in the hearts of His people.  We are unstoppable when we’re focused on Jesus and united together as one body.

Bless you!

April

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