August 19, 2017
As a non-profit organization, it is our desire to share what we are doing and how we are serving, yet try to follow the command given in Matthew 6:3 “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.” At the same time, Matthew 5:16 tells us to let our light shine before others so that glory is given to God. We strive to find the balance between both concepts.
RAOL is only able to operate as a ministry through generous offerings. Therefore, we want to communicate some of the ways RAOL has served the community so far in 2017, to demonstrate our efforts at good stewardship.
RAOL volunteers have spent the majority of their time encouraging individuals through unplanned but intentional acts of encouragement, while trying to stay as anonymous as possible. As an example, we have continued to serve in laundromats. We bring coffee, offer to pay for laundry and pray for patrons. When given the opportunity, we share the Gospel and read the Bible while the laundry is being done. Through these opportunities we have also been able to train believers in evangelism.
We started a Bible Study across the street from the main laundromat we serve at and have been able to disciple new believers through this group while also teaching the new disciples how to disciple others.
We pray regularly to stay sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s guiding of who we can help as we go through day-to-day life. Most recently, we were able to encourage a non-believer through an unexpected act of love, leading her to read the Bible for the first time and attend a Bible study. We are praying for her to give her life to Christ. We have also assisted with hot meals for individuals in need, groceries and sending out letters of encouragement.
Recently, one of our volunteers was praying in her car in a grocery store parking lot, “God it feels like it has been awhile since I’ve encouraged anyone. Can you send someone my way – maybe buy groceries or something?” A lady in front of her at the register was removing food from her cart, unable to pay for all the groceries. The volunteer was able to financially assist her and then pray for her later in the parking lot.
RAOL cards have continued to be requested, allowing people in different parts of the country to participate in their own acts of love and encouragement. It is our prayer that these cards are being used to plant seeds of encouragement in Jesus’ name and produce fruit.
Our main focus moving forward is to encourage people as a one-time event in a way they will hopefully not forget. This may come through assisting with basic needs, helping with unexpected bills or a variety of other methods. Please pray alongside us that the seeds we plant will fall on good soil (Matthew 13:1-9).
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35