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Archive for the month “May, 2012”

Raindrops are falling…

Pam Berry shares her experience of the Warm Up Winter campaign as a mom of three small children.

Journal Entry 1:

After hearing about the Warm Up Winter campaign, I came home amped and excited to include our kids on this journey.  While I finished supper and laid their PJ’s out for bath time, I shared the heart behind the drive with the right amount of passion and simplicity.  When I explained how I aim to respond, our five year old son said, ‘Mom, I’m not giving anything away!’  Hmm , we’ll work on giving smiles for now!

Journal Entry 2:

At our play date this afternoon, the moms and I began to chat about the Warm Up Winter drive.  I shared that we were challenged to look at what we can give…even if it means just smiles for now.  One mom was very interested and said, ‘Yes, of course, that’s a great thing to do if you’ve got old things that you won’t wear anymore.’  I was so struck by her mind-set, which I found I had too—that I’ll only give stuff away if it is old and ‘worthless’ to me.

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A lesson in loaves and fishes

By Eulogi Rheeder

Giving. Such a simple gesture but sometimes the most difficult thing to do. I’m the first to admit it, although I’m the last person who wants to admit it – come on, I want to be a generous person; I want to be known as a generous person.

A few years ago, when I first started working (and finally started earning my own money) God challenged me on this subject. It was the first night after I got my first pay cheque. Initially I opened my Bible to hear God speak to me about what to do with my money; what is the Godly way of handling your money? God, instead, revealed this beautiful story to me in John 6 vs 1-13:

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Wrapping Up

Yesterday morning, the Common Good team  stood surrounded by a mountain of  bags of clothing and blankets with a sense of immense gratitude in our hearts for all that God has done in the space of  one short week. Here’s some feedback from Warm Up Winter…

Youth leader Garrett Loubser getting into the sorting swing

On Wed night, over 480 Common Grounders met at venues across the city to sort and pack a total of 532 industrial-sized bags full of clothing to be distributed to 12 of our partner organisations. Muscles were put to the test, folding was taken to the next level, and clothing labels took  on a whole new meaning (‘Does this say small or medium?’ ‘Boy or Girl?’). Thankfully, there was plenty of coffee and good humour to go around.

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Baring it All

If you had second thoughts about giving up your favourite jersey for Warm Up Winter,  you’re not alone! Kevin Murphy writes about what the campaign meant to him. 

As I’ve journeyed towards the Warm Up Winter campaign over the last two weeks, I’ve discovered that its easier to write a blog post about giving than it is to actually go through my cupboards and give away good-quality, fashionable clothing which I still really like.

I’ve been tempted to rather take some money and buy new clothes for this campaign than to give from my wardrobe. But I’ve recently been reminded that sometimes giving of money can be a substitute for personal commitment.  It’s sometimes easier to give money, and tell yourself that you’re ‘involved’, than it is to actually get your heart involved and give up your idols.

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What does it really mean to live generously?

By Amy Gatland

Am I a generous person? I found myself pondering this question last week as I sat in the departures hall of Cape Town International Airport. A few minutes earlier, I’d absentmindedly wondered out of the ladies bathrooms leaving my boarding pass behind me. The sort of silly mistake any frequent traveler lives in mild fear of.

Thankfully for me, as I was standing at the security check, the bathroom cleaning lady came running up holding my misplaced boarding pass. Obviously I was very relieved as a lost boarding pass would probably have resulted in me missing my flight. I  really wanted to show my appreciation and so I took out my wallet to see what cash I had on me.

I had a hundred rand note and a ten rand note. I gave the cleaning lady the ten rand note. I was not expecting the response I got. Her face lit up with the most beautiful smile. She gave me a huge hug and with tears in her eyes and thanked me over and over again. I found myself walking away thinking, “Imagine if I’d given her the hundred rand note”.

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