Ladies, did you know that Union Gospel Mission of Hope currently houses 30 women and 70 children who are working to get their lives in order? We met those 30 women and some of their children last month. While we went to bless them, they also blessed us.
What a sight to see almost 100 of us in the dining hall sharing the love of Christ with each other. The women of UGM were grateful for our gifts of purses and toiletry items. Thank you to all who donated. Your abundant generosity made it possible for even some of their daughters to take a purse! And, the facials were a special feature especially loved by those chosen to participate.
Our own Valerie spoke and touched all our hearts with her story and inspirational words of recovery and restoration. It was miraculous to see the ladies connect with Valerie. Her visualization of the Japanese method of mending broken bowls through a process called Kintsugi (mending with liquid gold) was pinnacle! Like the gold that makes the broken bowl stronger and more valuable, the Holy Spirit mends our brokenness, making us stronger and more powerful to do what God has in store for us.
These ladies and their children need our love and support. So, for our Cherish Friends Coffee on December 6, we will return to Union Gospel Mission. This time we hope to share our love with not only the women but their children as well. The plan is to get a list of one item each child would like (small toy or book) and have those wrapped for them. For the ladies we will gift a personal item like jewelry or a scarf. We will bring cookies to share, sing carols, and tell again the Christmas story.
Yet, before Christmas, our autumn will be busy. Mark these dates on your calendars. Fall fundraiser items are due on or before September 26 to give us time to sort and get them ready for the luncheon on October 11.
November 8th’s gathering will kick off the holidays with drawings for holiday decorations and collecting items for the Union Gospel Mission visit on December 6.
We will collect items for Alive At Last and Refuge City at our December 13 luncheon. (Lists of what’s needed will be made available at November’s luncheon.) And, vendors for your shopping pleasure will join us at most of these events.
Praise God for all He provides. All we do, we do for His glory. Sharing Christ’s love makes a difference in the lives of others and blesses us. Thank you for choosing to embody Stonecroft’s core value, “meeting her where she is, as she is.”
Blessings and Hugs,