I have not written about the new ministry I am privileged to share in this year. Brand new-off the ground and running, for some strange reason the millenniums, who came up with this idea, have given me the opportunity to breath in their energy and share in their vision in a meaningful way. This week I witnessed the fruit of their efforts.
The Well was originally created with a vision of assisting children and their families in need--physically and emotionally. They serve along side Life Choices, DART, Foster families, Adopted families, single moms, and all those who feel invisible in today's world or are struggling to keep the ball rolling and other local groups who seek to work with our community. Their mission statement includes this- The Well seeks to offer restored life to people in our community through offering the Hope of the Gospel, a community of friends, and access to resources.
This past week, I attended a game day for some of the older ladies in our community. Bingo is the game--and the winner garners points or small prizes. These ladies are serious about their Bingo. They are all rooting for each other and proud when someone wins. They almost always take the points as their prize. The Well has a pantry, laundry services, and this weekend the Community Christmas Shop. All year long classes can be taken, pot lucks can be attended, and in fact attendance at any Well community activity can garner you points. You earn these points which then translate into using the laundry services, filling in pantry needs, or a Christmas shopping spree for your loved ones. This encourages participation in community and activities which are meant to help in your daily life and build community.
As the game wound down last week, one of the sweet ladies announced she was giving her sister and her friend enough points from her account for them to have a shopping spree at Community Christmas. She then looked around the table and asked about the others. One lady was there for the first time and had not won a game that day. She had only the points for attending today's game. Without batting an eye, the Christmas Elf gave her enough points from her account to have a shopping spree as well. There was not a dry eye in the room. She did not know her, there was nothing to be gained by sharing her points, but she wanted everyone to have a Merry Christmas. A perfect stranger~yet you don't horde your points but instead share with a giving spirit. She used every point she had that day making certain others would have an opportunity to shop for their loved ones too. THAT IS THE CHRISTMAS MESSAGE! Giving hope to a desperate world. Reminded me of this parable Jesus taught~