Welcome to day 5 of our 31 days of Compassion. So far, we have defined and shown compassion, shared Scriptures and dug deep to hear God’s heart for the poor, and talked about caring for the littlest but not least among us. Today, we want to talk about how we can each show compassion within our local community.
Do you witness any form of poverty in your community? This could include physical, educational, economic, social, emotional, or spiritual poverty. Each of these forms of poverty could impose various hardships and difficult life circumstances on its victims. Those victims currently gripped in the tight fist of poverty need to know the love and compassion of Christ, and you may be the one to open their eyes, ears, and hearts to him. If you witness poverty in your local community, how can or how do you make a difference?
15 ways to show compassion in your local community
• Connect with ministries in your church and join them in serving the community
• Serve at a local homeless shelter
• Donate to a local food pantry
• Donate to or serve at a local pregnancy center that supports and values the gift of life
• Mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters or another local children’s or youth program
• Volunteer with local ministries such as Young Life, Youth for Christ, Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru), or Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
• Use your God-given talents and skills to volunteer in a local school
• Donate used books to your local library to promote and encourage literacy
• Volunteer at a local after-school program
• Donate toys to Toys for Tots to bless children in need this holiday season
• Provide Christmas gifts through the Angel Tree Project to children whose parent is in prison
• Donate or volunteer your time to a local non-profit for which you are passionate, to help move their cause forward
• Visit residents in a nursing or assisted living home, veterans in a VA hospital, or patients in a children’s hospital
• Find a family in need and bless them this upcoming holiday season, or any time of the year
• Find ways to support local orphan care initiatives
Andy and I have had the honor to lead worship during chapel services at our local homeless shelter, I have been blessed to be involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters, and I am involved in Cru at the local community college. Andy volunteers for a non-profit involved in disability advocacy, and we have been involved in children’s ministry as well. We are in no way telling you these things to give credit to ourselves; rather we want you to know the possibility and unfathomable joy of sharing the compassion and love of Christ right where you are. The blessings we have received through these opportunities are numerous, and connections made will never be forgotten.
Do you have any experiences you would like to share to encourage others desiring to show compassion in their local community? Can you think of any ideas or opportunities we failed to mention here? We look forward to sharing your stories and experiences. Be sure to join us here tomorrow as we learn about the effects of poverty.