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 Focus James 1:27

 Food Packing For Orphans – We had a great time as we took the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus by preparing packaged, nutritional meals for orphans in Swaziland, Africa. This event was a joint effort between Food for Orphans (www.foodfororphans.org), Kids Against Hunger (www.kidsagainsthunger.org), and Children’s Hopechest (www.hopechest.org). We measured out ingredients, sealed bags, and boxed them up. Each meal contained highly nutritious products that were equivalent to eating several servings of meat! We enjoyed the fellowship time together but the statistics we learned about orphans were sobering; one orphan dies every 90 seconds from starvation.
The Bible commands us to care for orphans. Let’s examine ourselves and see what we can do to help the orphans. It may be to pray, give, or to go visit them, or even to take care of them physically, but we can ALL do something!

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Help for Haiti

Hygiene Kits – This Sunday service we assembled hygiene gifts for the earthquake victims in Haiti. We asked that the adult congregation to bring in supplies to include:

Shampoo, Conditioner, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste , Combs, Bar Soaps & Wash Cloths

We were overwhelmed with people’s kindness! We sorted the supplies and assembled the kits for our Pastor to take on his next trip there. It was a valuable experience for the kids as they realized that they were providng something that was not only tangible but also greatly needed by the Haitian people.

We spent time in prayer asking the Father to heal the Haitians and help them to rebuild their lives.

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We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Ice Cream Social at Assisted Living Center – Nothing like cold ice cream on a hot day! We packed up the coolers and headed down to one of the local centers that we have visited in the past. Equipped with ice cream and every topping under the sun, we spent the afternoon serving these precious elderly and joining them in eating multiple bowls of ice cream. What a great time we had! We so enjoyed the company and the stories.

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Labor of Love

Labor Day Balloonfest – Colorado Springs has a yearly balloon festival and this year we joined in the festivities by handing out tracts and sharing the Good News of Jesus to all that would listen. The ages ranged from 5-16 and it was so amazing to see how these kids “worked” the crowd. They were bold and enthusiastic as they paired up and went about the festival. They had a great time and were satisfied that God has used them in really cool way!

 

 

 

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 To Orphans with Love Outreach

Partnering with Food for Orphans (www.foodfororphans.org), our children raised funds and wrote letters to the precious kids at one Peruvian orphanage. Our goal was for everyone to raise at least $15 dollars to provide one meal, for one month, for one orphan. We collected the money in pencil bags so we could give them to the orphans for their school supplies.

While doing this outreach please teach your kids that:There are 145 million orphans worldwide.

  • Every 2 seconds another child becomes orphaned.
  • 1 in every 13 children are orphaned.
  • There are 44,000 new orphans every day.
  • Every 90 seconds another orphan dies from malnutrition.
  • 400,000 orphans die every year of hunger.
  • Fifty million orphans go to bed hungry every night.

A little time and effort on our part goes a looooong way in helping a needy orphan in another nation.

If you are interested in doing this type of outreach with your class or family, please email cristyg@foodfororphans.org.

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Teddy Bears for TESSA

Here we assembled and stuffed teddy bears, penguins, and monkeys, and made hygiene kits for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. This organization’s mission is to help women and their children achieve safety and well-being while challenging communities to end family violence.

We ordered the stuffed animal materials from www.buildables.com. They were less than half the cost of going to a store that specializes is this. We had families bring in sample size hygiene products to complete the kits. These items included toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, shampoos, soaps, and other miscellaneous items. One of the mom’s sewed some beautiful little bags for us to put them in.

Take this opportunity to teach kids about domestic violence and the signs to look for in their friends and classmates. Awareness and involvement is the first step in prevention.

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 Thankful for the Elderly

For this Thanksgiving outreach we contacted a local assisted living center to find out the greatest needs of each residents. They gratefully supplied us with a shopping list and we shopped, shopped, shopped!

During the class time we set up a “store” where each child got a shopping list for one of the residents. They shopped for their resident and created a beautiful gift bag just for them. We prayed over them as a group and as the Lord to bless each one.

The following week-end we went down to the center and delivered them personally. They were so blessed that we knew them by name as well as their need. Of course, we took with us several large letter Bibles for those who didn’t have one.

Shopping and creating gift bags for one of our cities assisted living centers  was a blast, but the best part was delivering them and being a blessing to these elderly people!

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Standing with the Persecuted

During this outreach we supported a local ministry that delivers Bibles to many restricted nations of Asia. After having them speak to us about these persecuted saints, we blessed them back by preparing a mass mailing for them. This was a fun time of fellowship. Not only was this a great hands-on activity for the kids, but it was the perfect opportunity to teach the kids about and pray for the persecuted nations of the world!

 

 

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P.S. We Love You!

Single Mom’s Breakfast – The children spent this Valentine’s Day serving breakfast to the single moms in our church and the greater community. They decorated, served, read poetry, prayed, and fed the attending moms with great enthusiasm and grace.

We want the single moms in our community to know that they are appreciate and loved! This also gave them the opportunity to relax, fellowship, and enjoy a wonderful breakfast.

We plan to make this an annual event. If you would like some ideas on how to plan an event like this one, please email us at cristy@frontlinekids.net

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Blankets of Blessing

For this outreach we made fleece blankets to be distributed to through a school in a poor area of town whose preschool children needed blankets. There is an endless need for blankets so be creative! Nursing homes, homeless shelters, and children’s hospitals are other possibilities.

These blankets are so fun an easy to make! We had a variety of ages participate, 5 years through adult. It was a wonderful time of fellowship!

We ordered our fabric from The Fabric Diva at www.fabricdiva.com. She had a special fundraising/charity fleece blanket making kit on her site. It was a little pricey, but the patterns were ADORABLE and suited for younger children. Fleece can be purchased cheaper at your local fabric store or Walmart.

Here’s the template we used to make the blankets:  http://www.citizensam.org/html/FleeceBlanket.html.

Now get your family, friends, or class kids together and have a blast!

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Merry Homeless Christmas

This Christmas we had a gift-wrapping party for the homeless people of our community. We partnered with a local ministry who had been faithful for years in hosting a Christmas party for those who might otherwise not have a Christmas.

This ministry spoke to the kids about some of the problems these people had encountered that caused them to become homeless, and taught them about what the Bible says about helping the poor.

It was a powerful time of service and prayer for the homeless of our city. The kids along with their families were encouraged to go to the Christmas party and meet some of the people they had blessed through their gift wrapping.

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Mission: Colossians 3:23

Sorting clothes, hygiene products and school supplies at the local mission was our work of the day, as we “worked heartily as to the Lord and not to men”.

Everyone worked very hard and the staff of the mission was so complimentary of the kid’s work ethic and their hearts to serve others. They told us to come back anytime, and we will!

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Giving back at Thanksgiving

Partnering with a local food pantry, we helped pack up 1,000 Thanksgiving food boxes for families in our community who would not have had a Thanksgiving dinner.

This was a wonderful opportunity to show our thankfulness to God for all we have, by giving  our time and provision to others  on this holiday.