Bonnie Hodge is the Community Engagement Associate at Beulah Alliance Church. She is passionate about helping people discover and be connected to their passion of loving God and loving others. Bonnie believes our greatest mission is to make an impact by living BLESS where we live, work, and play.
Lessons from My Father
I have forgotten many of the lessons my parents taught me, but the one about giving has stuck with me.
My mom and dad often gave generously to others. Sometimes it looked like a bag of groceries or an invite to a family meal. Sometimes my father left the extra $100 bill he kept in his wallet in an envelope in someone’s mailbox. Once I even heard from our local furniture store manager that my father had donated bunk beds to a family who had to move to our town because of illness.
As a teenager my father’s generosity had become my own. My sister and I travelled around our town in the middle of the night leaving boxes of groceries outside people’s doors with a quick knock and a giggling run to the car. Years later, at my father’s funeral, I discovered that his legacy had lived on beyond our family when many came and told me stories of my father’s gifts.
To put this in context, we were not rich. Both my parents worked. I wore second hand clothes. We took one vacation a year to visit grandparents or go camping. My father taught me that no matter how hard you have it, someone has it harder and could use a helping hand. He not only told me that with words but I saw it clearly in his kindness and deeds.
I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.
BLESS in Action
This Thanksgiving, our BLESS Project looks at the first part of this verse “I was hungry and you fed me.”
In the Edmonton region over 100,000 people live in poverty and 25% of those are children. Poverty is a complex and multifaceted issue and there are no easy answers. As Christ followers we can respond to this issue by loving our neighbors and following the example of Jesus. As parents and adults, we have the opportunity to set an example for the next generation by giving out of what we have to help others in need.
Together as a church we will work to accomplish this in three ways:
1. Fill a bag
Pick up a bag and bring it back filled with food for the Edmonton Food Bank.
- Pick up bags any of our campuses this weekend – October 4/5.
- Drop bags off Thanksgiving weekend – October 11/12.
2. Serve a Meal
We have been given the opportunity to serve meals to those who are most in need in our inner city.
3. Fight Hunger
Contribute to the annual Thanksgiving offering and help raise funds for to feed those in need in the city. Help us reach reach the goal of $30,000 in this one offering.
- Give in services or online
These are simple actions that will make an impact to the needs of others.