Making the Connection

August 6, 2015 – “I have always made it a point to not discuss “hot topics” such as religion and politics on Facebook. However, as I am reflecting on this past week in San Francisco, I am leaving with a very heavy heart. The homeless problem in this city is like nothing I have ever experienced. Continue Reading →

What is a Cash Mob?

A few years ago I was watching the local news and I heard about a family owned hardware store in a small town in Ohio.  They were using social media to market everyone in the small town to come out and buy something that Saturday to help keep the store in business.  The reporter said the store was mobbed with people making purchases.

Now at that same time my daughter was working on a dance routine called a “flash mob” and for some reason the words “cash mob” came to mind.

My GSC Board said, “Cash Mob”?  What is a cash mob?  I really didn’t know.  I had never heard of one!  But I thought why not?

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The morning of the 2012 Cash Mob it was raining.  I thought about my staff, board members, and the volunteers who would be standing out in the rain collecting money from cars driving through.  Driving on my way to work that morning in the rain, Good News Baptist Church had a quote about faith on their billboard.  I began to pray.

I prayed that if God intended to keep our ministry alive, that the cash mob would be an overwhelming success.  I needed to be reassured that the path I was taking was in His will. I prayed for God to show me, in an almost miraculous way, that I was doing exactly what He wanted me to do with the Good Samaritan Clinic.

That day in 2012 the clinic raised $18,000.  It was a turning point in faith for me.  A turning point in the power of having a conversation with God.  Praying in earnest.  It was also a turning point for the clinic.

As we embark on another cash mob to raise funds for the clinic, I walk into Friday with faith and prayer.  So you ask what is a “cash mob”?  It is an opportunity for everyone in our community to put their faith into action.  Actively show your faith in our ministry.  It is an opportunity for prayer, neighborly love, and to give in a small, or in a big way back to this unique ministry.

Come on out Friday, June 5th and give any amount through our drive thru donation sites at the clinic, 34 Sims Circle or the former Belks’ on Russ Avenue.  Meet our staff, board members, and volunteers!  Get a cookie and a smile!  I can’t think of a better way to spend a few minutes of your day!

No matter what language, no matter what situation, it is easy to step in when you see a child in need.  Children in our society are fragile and this experiment showed the good in others.  How others can reach out and show compassion and love is not something new but it is amazing.  What can you do to step in when someone needs help?  Do you give that help unconditionally? No matter their age, appearance, or gender?  Let us all pray as a society that we recognize the needy and act appropriately to their need.


Re-Framing our View

There’s a cluster of photos in my living room that I love. They’ve been there for almost 19 years and tell our family’s story: pictures of my kids’ as babies, vacations with family, and each school year. The other day as I was dusting, Neely’s baby photo caught my eye. Well, not so much the picture, but the old frame around it.  Though our house has changed in the 19 years we have been married, our picture frames haven’t. So I decided to give my photos a facelift by swapping the old frames with up-to-date ones.  When I placed the almost 14-year-old photo in the new frame, the picture took on a whole new look. Though the photo didn’t change, the reframing altered how I viewed it. Continue Reading →

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