Our mission is to intentionally encourage and serve others, giving God the glory and to inspire others to do the same. We strive to stay sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading, staying open to individuals we meet in our day-to-day life who are in need of encouragement or unexpected financial assistance. We aim to stay as anonymous as possible, reaching out to others as ambassadors of Christ. We are not only fully dedicated to inspiring, but also to funding acts of love throughout the world.
*Note: Although we are a Christian organization, we are not member-based and do not exclude anyone from participating in our organization.
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Statement of Faith
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
- We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
How We Came to Be
Faith blossoms when the Holy Spirit makes it clear the origin of a ministry does not come from our musings about helping people but comes from true inspiration. RAOL’s founder’s testimony relates a long period of illness. During this time thoughts kept returning to pick up her sickbed and get about helping others in need. But each time she pushed up, the illness pushed her back down again and again.
Drained of her own strength she was still being filled to overflowing with love for others. If God was leading her to act, He would have to provide the enabling. Enabling including physical strength and courage for an otherwise introverted personality to engage strangers. God would also need to unfold a map to not only navigate a sea of existing “helps” ministries but also to sail through governmental sea-lanes needed to declare “Random Acts of Love” legitimate.
We’ve interpreted each careful step’s success so far as confirmation the existence of RAOL was divinely inspired. RAOL is helping fill the gap between what Christians say and what actually gets done, by helping those in need. Non-Christians see inaction as hypocrisy, as many have good intentions but few act sacrificially. The Gospel of Christ becomes life changing good news when it actually meets a need. RAOL works to target carefully vetted needs, leaving Christ-glorifying encouragement behind. This is how and why we came to be.
Long Term Vision
RAOL is an individual, relationship-based ministry. With each relationship formed we hope to build a network of Christians with self-initiative that, once encouraged, will reach out and encourage someone else. Ultimately, we desire to change mindsets to make encouraging others through acts of love a subconscious lifestyle.
We hope by modeling this lifestyle others will realize it is Christ alone who motivates us. Two outcomes are then possible and not mutually exclusive. The first is they will honor and give thanks to Christ. The second is they will choose to know Christ’s love personally. What is a longer-term plan than eternity? And what is a better way to walk there than together giving people hope along the way?
RAOL Examples In 2015
This year witnessed the maturing of our laundromat ministry. The neighborhood laundromat is a crossroads of people in need of more than just clean clothes. Twice a month RAOL volunteers spend the day at an Austin laundromat serving both refreshments and the Gospel message while paying for patrons’ use of the washers and dryers. The setting fosters conversation about people’s lives and needs and has often led to permission to pray for needs. As a result we have learned about and met many other needs outside the laundry’s doors, to include helping the homeless with life’s essentials, giving away many Bibles, meeting emergency expenses and offering much encouragement while stains are being removed both literally and spiritually. We plan to expand to more locations as additional volunteers come forward.
RAOL happened to learn of a very difficult situation that surrounded a couple nearing retirement in Montana. The family owned a small business with a co-located residence. Having just lost a close family member living with them to illness, they decided to try and sell their business and retire. However, they became entangled in litigation involving a former employee. As a result they lost everything, leaving them with a deep sense of futility and living in a camping trailer as a guest on someone else’s land. RAOL reached out both to encourage them with examples of others who had suffered similarly and recovered, while offering modest financial assistance to help transition to better housing.
2014 Was Also a Very Interesting Year
Last year we experienced a variety of opportunities to offer individuals and families unexpected encouragement. RAOL was involved with traditional activities such as sponsoring a needy family at Christmas, to the unexpected such as financing substantive nutritional supplements for a woman with a debilitating autoimmune disorder. The supplements allowed the woman to postpone the use of a medication with powerful side effects, giving her body a chance to interrupt the cycle of illness.
RAOL also sent gift cards to soldiers overseas, bought groceries for needy families, on several occasions paid for shopping carts of clothes at a thrift store frequented by Latino families while handing out bilingual Gospel tracts, made “Sunshine Boxes” for hospice patients and distributed gift cards at a children’s homeless shelter.