I’ve been thinking lately I want to make a bit more room on the blog for stories of how the Church (not just TMH, all of the Church) is living out the Kingdom and making the world better in practical ways. I also want to provide some specific ways that you can be a part of that. Consider this the first post in that goal. I don’t want to be a guy who sits around writing about Jesus without acting like him. I hope you’d also like to act like him instead of just reading about him, whether through the things I profile here and/or other ways.
Every year The Meeting House partners with Mennonite Central Committee, supporting their work in Southern Africa with those living with HIV/AIDS. The work spans 14 projects in 6 countries. As a church, we’ve done it 5 years so far with this being the sixth. In that time, we’ve totaled over 5,700 AIDS CARE Kits (packages of essential supplies along with $100 to buy medicine) and 5,300 AIDS CARE Cards ($100). They’re pretty staggering numbers and something I’ve been proud to be a part of the past couple of years and again this year. I remember being told a couple of years ago why the Card system was implemented: we had sent too many Kits for MCC’s staff to be able to distribute so the Cards provided another way to help.
This year’s push kicked off last Sunday at the Oakville site and today at regional sites. We have until March 8th to hit this year’s goal of 750 Kits and 2,300 Cards.
How to Get Involved
For any information you might need, go to http://www.themeetinghouse.com/aidscare
The simplest option, particularly if you aren’t near a Meeting House site, is to donate money toward Cards.
Here’s some of the things I’ve seen beyond simply paying out of pocket, using proceeds to give cards and/or buy supplies:
- Sell knitted hats and scarves
- Shovel snow
- Hold a book sale – one person’s workplace, a bank, even offered to match every dollar raised at a book sale held at the bank
- Hold a bake sales
- Host a concert
- Leverage connections in companies that would donate certain supplies in bulk
- Set up a donation box at your workplace
Feel free to comment about other ways you can help, or chime in with some great things the Church is doing near you.