Hey, Yâ€™all! We just heard from some of our staff friends in Milwaukee about a great way to reach those in need and to get believers involved in the process. Check it out…
Empowered to Share
Last November, Kara, one of our Cru staff members, met with a woman named Lonnette, a member of Resurrection Church.Â Lonnette saw a need in her community but lacked the tools to do what the Lord was calling her and her church to do to meet that need.
Lonnette heard from Kara about the opportunity to partner with Cru in the Boxes of Love outreach, which would help their church connect with the people in their community through a full Thanksgiving meal.
Additionally, Lonnette learned of the evangelism training provided by Cru.Â Her eyes widened with excitement as she explained what a timely answer to prayer this opportunity would be.
The morning of the outreach came and Lonnette joined about 40 other people to learn how to share their faith.Â Afterward, Lonnette shared, â€œIâ€™m so excited!Â I love to spread the gospel of God, but Iâ€™ve always had a fear and the training has taught me some things I didnâ€™t know.Â I canâ€™t wait to share this training with others!â€
Please join us in praying for this yearâ€™s training to help equip and launch many to share their faith!
What Goes Into a Box of Love?
This year marks the 12th annual Boxes of Love outreach in Milwaukee. As preparations are being formed in the coming weeks to celebrate Thanksgiving, preparations are also being made for 1,000 Boxes of Love to be distributed to families throughout the city.
Check out just how much goes into Boxes of Love:
- 1,000 canned hams
- 11,000 cans and boxes of cranberry sauce, cornbread, stuffing and other Thanksgiving fixings
- 50 churches and ministries partnering with Cru
- 895 boxes donated through the Family2Family partnership
- Over 180 volunteers creating personalized cards, packing boxes and distributing them
- Over 1,000 volunteer hours mobilized
- Around 3,500 people exposed to the gospel!
Karl and I have enjoyed filling boxes in the past (when we lived in Orlando) and thought yâ€™all might also enjoy being a part of this, either in person, if you live near an outreach, or financially if you are further away. The cities with outreaches this year are: Atlanta, Bakersfield, Central Arkansas, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Louisville, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York, Orlando, Seattle/Tacoma.
To donate or get involved, see hlic.org.