It’s Sunday again – what are you up to?
Two Sundays each month I get the privilege of volunteering in my church’s food pantry. We help people in our community by meeting their physical need through food and their spiritual need through Jesus.
I’m not a natural at sharing the gospel. Is anybody? (Seriously, if you’re out there, let me know. I’d love to talk to you!)
One of the things that makes it easier for me to talk to complete strangers about Jesus, though, is that we’re in a church. The people who come to us for groceries walk into that church. They know it’s a church. It’s not like we’ve disguised it as a car wash and they won’t know we’re Christians. So if they come into that church, and we don’t mention Jesus in some way, shape, or form…well, shame on us, right? That’s the internal pep talk I go through each time… Maybe eventually it’ll come naturally enough that I don’t need the pep talk anymore. :)
We don’t always give a full gospel presentation, either. After all, we’re trying to build relationships with these people, and sometimes we just talk about what they’re going through and ask if we can pray with them before they leave. Sometimes people have that look on their face that tells you they’re going to grab the groceries and make a break for it if you push too hard. When we see that, we simply love them. That’s not the time to break out the twenty pound Bible and start flipping through pages.
It’s a mercy ministry (to coin our pastor’s phrase), and it’s one I’m honored to take part in.
What ministry – mercy or otherwise – are you involved in? Is there anything special you do, in or out of church, that lets you minister to the needs of others? I’d love to hear about it! If you’re not involved in a ministry, would you like to be? What would be a good place for you to plug in and serve?
Are you a winner? If so, contact us at
prizes at inspyromance dot com
The winner of the $30 February gift card is: Lisl!
The winner of your choice of one of Valerie Comer’s Farm Fresh Romances is Shannon!
The winner of the e-copy of Heather Gray’s An Informal Arrangement is Trixi!
♦Remember that every comment you make between now and March 14th (tomorrow!) on the Inspy Romance blog will automatically enter you in our anniversary giveaway. Click to see a complete list of all the prize packs and prizes.
♦Also, every comment made on an Inspy Romance blog post enters you for one of our monthly giveaways. We will be giving away two $20 gift cards to March commenters, two $20 gift cards to April commenters, etc. (This is new. We used to do one $30 gift card, but we decided we’d like to share the love a bit more.)
Staci Stallings talks about where to find Jesus.
Carol Moncado shares her thoughts on loss, restoration, and Easter.
Deb Kastner introduces us to a mustang sanctuary while talking cowboys and romance.
Narelle Atkins dishes on high tea.
Marion Ueckermann shares a story about life seasoned with romance.
Cheryl Wyatt discusses love languages and how we convey affection.
Second Choice (Belikarian Weddings 2) by Ginger Solomon
Handful of Hope (Taste of Romance 4) by Elizabeth Maddrey
Abide (Lewis Legacy 7) by JoAnn Durgin
A complete list of Inspy Romance books by our authors is always available on our BOOKS tab!
Check out box sets, permanently FREE books and audiobooks on our NEWS tab!