Monday, August 15, 2011

Mustard Seed Project Update

Give thanks to the Lord for all that has been accomplished so far in the Mustard Seed Projects! Wow! How our faith is growing and has grown this summer. Clearly, nothing is impossible if we have faith even as small as a mustard seed. Imagination and energy by our project leaders have opened the doors for a fabulous effort this summer in impacting the lives of people in our community. There is still time to jump in and contribute items to the many wonderful projects. Those especially needing attention are theDiaper Project and Pet Supply Collections. Please see below. Of course, donations are deeply appreciated for any of the other projects. Collection boxes are located outside Vivian’s office. Projects will be completed by the end of August. We pray that the recipients of these projects will experience the love and comfort of Jesus Christ, and may God be glorified by all of these efforts.

Andra Mulder is collecting diapers for the infant residents of the Star of Hope shelter. The shelter is in urgent need of diapers (all sizes). As a record number of women and their children (including babies) seek refuge in shelters, the Star of Hope is assisting by providing diapers to the mothers. Please help by donating one or more packages of diapers in any size toward this compassionate effort.

Jennifer Durand is collecting money and pet supplies for Pet Patrol, a non-profit organization dedicated to taking care of pets owned by the elderly and those affected by severe illness. Items requested are: Dry and can food (for cats and dogs), flea prevention, dog shampoo, cat litter, pet treats, collars, and leashes. A drop box to collect these items is located next to Vivian's office.

Phyllis and John Freeman are buying and collecting pet food for Interfaith Ministries “Animeals” program. As you may know, Interfaith Ministries sponsors the Meals on Wheels program for some of our home-bound elder population in Houston. These contributions of pet food, money and pet food coupons will aid in this effort to help feed this population’s pets.

Betty Robinson and Lynne Parsons Austin are collecting newathletic shoes for students at Shearn Elementary (Pre-K through 5th graders). Buy a pair of kid's athletic shoes and donate it (or money) to this group of children who might not otherwise be able to afford a new pair of shoes. This small gesture will allow them to start the school year with excitement and self-confidence as they take the next step into their future.

Michael Rodgers and Lynne Parsons Austin are collectinggently used clothing for women at Sally's House. Sally's House is a transitional shelter for single women who have already completed an alcohol/drug detoxification program. This shelter provides a safe and compassionate environment for the next phase of their recovery where they must work or attend school to learn a skill. They are especially in need of appropriate clothing for work. Look through your closets and donate gently used women's outfits, dresses, pants and blouses. All sizes acceptable.

Shannon DeSouza and Blake Modlin are collecting coupons for food goods to benefit Braes Interfaith Ministries (BIM). Look through papers, magazines, ads and collect those coupons that will stretch the dollar for purchase of non-perishable foods for the food pantry at BIM. A drop box to collect these coupons is located in Vivian's office.

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’, and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20.