#TomorrowMatters ~ Blessed to be a Blessing!

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"When Leah and I first brought home our Tomorrow Matters envelopes we came upon a very interesting predicament.  We know a ton of blessed people… If that’s not a first world problem I don’t know what is.  It clearly says a couple things about our lives and that of our family.  First, we are incredibly fortunate to be blessed with comfort and security and as Pastor Rusty would say, “To not get what we truly deserve”, thank you Jesus.  Second, it’s always a good time to look outside our cozy neighborhoods, to see who we can help. 

 After speaking with Mandy Russ and her family we decided that pooling our resources was the way to go so that we could maximize the blessing and immediately effect someone’s situation. 

 I work in the Medicare arena so I work closely with my Local Senior Center and decided to reach out to the Senior Center manager to get her guidance on who might need a blessing or maybe someone who was in a tough situation and needed a lift.  As you might guess, it didn’t take long for her to come up with a good candidate.  She quickly introduced me to a young couple who attend the center's weekly luncheon.  I asked her if she had a couple minutes to talk and she generously obliged.  I said, “I understand you might be in a situation where you could use some help”.  She said yes and began to tell me her story.  By her own description, she is intellectually challenged as is her fiancé.  They are both under the age of twenty-five, not working, living with a family member, didn’t have reliable transportation, live on a limited fixed income, and oh by the way… were 4 months pregnant. Now I understood why the Senior Center manager knew exactly who needed some help. Not my help.  Not my friends and family’s help.  They needed an introduction to God’s mercy.  She was awestruck by what I discussed with her.  A relative stranger was sitting across the table from her and her family and offering her something with no expectation of anything in return.  No strings attached.  She couldn’t believe what she was hearing but said that it would be a big help to her and her family. I invited them to our church, but if they couldn’t attend our church they could always attend a church closer to home or join us online.  To that, she said, “I want to go to that kind of church!”.  I thought to myself, I already do…

After meeting with them and helping them understand where the blessing was coming from (not from me), I walked away the one blessed. I walked away with perspective, with compassion, with a humble heart, and a greater sense of purpose.  The folks who received the generous gift were very grateful and appreciative, and so was I."

Our group of donors:

  • The Hinojosa Family
  • Lisa Cassidy
  • Ellen Eisen
  • Mandy Russ and family
  • Amanda Eisen and family
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#TomorrowMatters ~ Sharing Prom Blessings

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"I was blessed to go the Junior/Senior Prom this year and my parents blessed me with a new dress, shoes, jewelry and even the opportunity to have my hair and makeup done for the event. My friend Trinity was going with me and her mom was struggling to even buy her dress so I really struggled because I was being blessed with so many wonderful things. And then I remember my Tomorrow Matters money so I asked my family members if they would also contribute their money and my parents once again blessed me by allowing me to bless Trinity with getting her makeup done for the prom. Because of the Tomorrow Matters money I was able to help my friend feel as special as I did at prom." ~ Emily Bell

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#TomorrowMatters ~ 'Lending' a hand

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"After a lot of thought, our group decided to put all of our funds together to support a small business through an organization called Kiva. This organization supports small business owners around the world and in impoverished communities by giving them safe, secure, small business loans so they can grow their businesses and support their families. After searching through tons of groups and individual people, we found Lucy. Lucy is from Thika a remote village in Kenya and is the sole breadwinner in her family. She has a small farm and a small sewing business and works really hard. This organization helps small business owners like her not rely on predatory and abusive loans. Our group pulled our funds together to provide Lucy with half of her loan request. With Kiva, if Lucy is unable to repay her loan, the only consequence to her will be that she is unable to ask for another loan in the future, but there are no financial consequences and the loan debt is forgiven. But, if she is able to pay back her loan, we will be able to add to that value and bless another person through this program. So its pretty cool that this is a blessing that will bless her life, but also can also continue to bless others in the future."

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