I recently received a complimentary copy of Hal Donaldson and Kirk Noonan’s Your Next 24 Hours: One Day of Kindness Can Change Everything directly from the publisher. My favorite chapter was titled “It’s Not Expensive.” The authors suggest, “Giving hope and encouragement to people is not expensive, but neither is it free” (46).
They go on to list six principles to help guide our giving decisions…
- Generosity is sharing
- Generosity requires making room
- Generosity maintains a meaningful existence
- Generosity multiplies itself
- Generosity requires responsibility
- Generosity is impulsive (48)
Each chapter concludes with creative and compassion ways to respond to the stories that were just shared. Pick up a copy and let me know what you think.
For anyone who is looking for compassionate and creative ways to meet tangible needs within their community, I would recommend Peter Kageyama’s Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places. In the opening chapter he encourages us to gather anchor personas (official and unofficial influencers) and “co-creators” (those individuals committed to improving the community) by…
- Asking them for help
- Amplifying what they naturally do
- Providing them with “other” resources
- Asking them to identify more “lovers” of the city
- Expanding the circle
Pick up a copy and let me know what you think.
Yesterday I had the privilege to speak at the Church At Maltby (the sending church and primary partner of Blue Bridge Church). This was our third time back to speak since our family moved to the Tri-Cities over four years ago. We will forever treasure the time we spent and the people we served as youth pastors for nearly seven years. Check out the message and share your thoughts.
Blue Bridge Church was honored this past Saturday to serve alongside Convoy of Hope (as well as several other incredible local churches and community organizations).
A few of the statistics that, in some small way, represent the numerous stories of compassion and community…
- Guests: 6163
- Participating Churches: 48
- Community organizations: 41
- Guests prayed with: 2157
- Salvation Decisions in Connections Tent: 1
- Response forms: 65
- Children’s Faces Painted: 343
- Children Making Decision for Christ: 39
- Health service organizations: 2
- Health Guests served: 214
- Plum organics: 12,000
- Veterans organizations: 9
- Veterans served: 291
- Portraits: 650
- NBCF: 725
- Haircuts: 455
- Volunteers: 1036
- Gardens in a bag: 600
- Meals cooked: 8200
- Backpacks: 3800
- Children’s shoes: 2740
- Women’s shoes: 1560
Read more from the Tri-City Herald and KEPR (and let me know what you think)….