During these days, weeks and months, how has the Lord God and His Spirit inspired you to BE and DO GOOD unto others? How has that encouraged your heart and enlarged your love towards Him, others, and yourself? It is good to remember who God is and that his presence is with us even in the worst of times, because God is good, and He is good all the time. It is good to hear from you, our friends and family, how God has and is providing for you and inspiring you to be and to show God’s goodness to others.
In reading Galatians 6: 9-10 it appears easy for we human beings to grow weary of doing good, to stop looking for those opportunities to do good to all people, and to simply throw in the towel when facing tough times, thus these promising words from Galatians . . .‘we will reap a harvest IF we do not give up.’
So how with the Spirit’s help, are we creatively seeking the where, the how, the why, and with whom to do acts of goodness and love? Is it with those who live with us, with our neighbors and communities, our friends, the stranger on the street, and/or with those we have a working relationship or a friendship? 2 Thessalonians 3:13 encourages us to . . . “never tire of doing what is good.” Where are we not tiring of doing what is good?
The Hands with Hope Foundation, in alliance with other Foundations and with Covenant World Relief & Development (CWRD) has not tired of doing good as it has continued to serve the youth and the families of La Estrella through online Entrepreneurship courses and Holistic Life workshops and in visiting the families and delivering groceries on a regular basis.
This week I (Mary Lou) had the opportunity to ‘see and taste’ firsthand the fruits of the Living Well – Cultivating Families for Life Project. Hands with Hope, along with SENA (Colombia National Learning Institute), received permission to hold in-person, small group meetings, both in the La Estrella Community Center and at the Hands with Hope Ministry Center. 33 students took the 40-hour online course about growing the Orellana mushroom and had the opportunity to finish the course by creating their own Orellana growing kit that they could take home. The Orellana is high in protein and nutrients, (providing a fine source of protein when purchasing meat is not within the budget), is economical to plant (using natural compost to ‘house’ the seeds) and is relatively low maintenance during its 45-day life cycle of developing from seed into the Orellana. What a joy it was to taste and enjoy Orellana and eggplant lasagnas that Nelly, the administrator of Hands with Hope, had just harvested from the first fruits of the Orellanas growing in her apartment. It was delicious!
We invite you to give a gift to CWRD that would go towards the Cultivating Families for Life Project. Go to this link – http://www.covchurchgiving.com/c-62-ministry-areas.aspx
On the Check-out page under: “Please choose your designation” put in: COLOMBIA
and your financial gift will go to the “Living Well Through Hands United” Project.
For people who want to give by check: Checks may be written and mailed to: Covenant World Relief, 8303 W Higgins Rd, Chicago, IL 60631, and designated for the Living Well program in Colombia.