On World Water Day March 22, Redeemer’s team of 13 adults, 2 kids, and 2 dogs joined other teams from around the Lowcountry for Water Missions International‘s 8th annual Walk for Water. (There’s still time to contribute to our team’s goal.) We enjoyed a beautiful spring day, as we walked the streets of downtown Charleston. We carried buckets to simulate the long walk to fetch water that many around the world must take each day.
To help provide sustainable sources of clean water around the world, Redeemer will participate in Water Missions International‘s Walk for Water event. This family-friendly, dog-friendly 3.5-mile walk will start at Cannon Park at 9 am on Saturday, March 22 and end at White Point Garden. Register to join the Redeemer team, or make a donation in support of our team. Our own Lauren Martin is helping captain our team, and she enjoys this annual event:
I love participating in the Walk for Water because it is a great time for fellowship and exercise in a beautiful part of downtown and a chance to take a walk in someone else’s shoes. The walk gives you just a little taste of what life is like for many people in other parts of the world who have to walk several miles each day for water. You fill a bucket with dirty water, and carrying it really makes you think about what life would be like without a clean or convenient water source. Just when you start feeling hopeless about the situation, you find yourself at the finish line and pour your water into the purification system that your registration fee is helping to take to countries all over the world.
Enjoy our pictures from last year’s Walk for Water, and make plans to join in the fun for this worthy cause!
Last Saturday volunteers from Redeemer gathered early at the Florence Crittenton home to make breakfast for the girls and staff. Isabel Alele helped organize the food for breakfast, and she said:
I think that our deacons are such a good example of servant leadership. They have such a heart to minister to those girls, and it was really encouraging to me.
After a hearty breakfast, the volunteers got busy with a list of handyman projects that needed completing, including some painting and hanging blinds. Chris Jarvis, a deacon at Redeemer, summed up the work day in this way:
I love that we didn’t just work on broken things. We dressed things up! Rarely do we get the opportunity to not just serve, but serve in making people feel more loved, more human, more beautiful, or more special. We hung blinds. We didn’t save lives, we didn’t heal sickness, and we didn’t rescue anybody. We got the opportunity to dedicate our presence and hard work to these strong women who need to know that the Lord loves them and is with them through their journey. Not just in surviving, but in living. At the Florence Crittenton home last Saturday, the Lord sent neighbors to be neighbors; and we had a blast!
A special thanks goes to Andrew Donnan for not just “taking pictures” but capturing beautiful shots and creating art from hanging blinds and painting!
Spend your Saturday morning with other Redeemer volunteers at the Florence Crittenton home in downtown Charleston this weekend, February 22 beginning at 8 am. We’ll be preparing breakfast for the girls and staff at the home. We’ll enjoy the meal with them, as we show the love of Christ to these young girls who are in tough situations.
You’re encouraged to join the deacons in demonstrating Christ’s love in tangible ways to those in our downtown community. One of our deacons Thomas Szymanski reminds us that our involvement is a “direct example of God’s love working through our church to help those in need.”
After breakfast some volunteers will do needed repairs around the old building, and others will visit and fellowship with the girls–there are many ways to help! Join us this Saturday to help show the love of Christ; contact Paul Pepin for more details.
During past work days we’ve worked in the yard, organized closets, rebuilt shelves, or anything else that was needed. These pictures were from a work day back in the fall of 2012.
While Redeemer supports many missionaries serving abroad, we’ve also just started supporting M2M (Ministry to the Military), led by Jason & Robyn Strong. Their beautiful family, which includes several children currently serving in the military, attends Redeemer regularly, and Jason filled in as a guest pastor back in the fall. Their ministry’s blog Strong Patriots details their beliefs and vision, as they labor to deliver the message of eternal freedom to those who ensure our national freedom.
M2M seeks to help coordinate the Church to carry-out sustained Gospel work with intentionality toward members of the military community and their families. If you’d like to personally partner with the Strongs in this important ministry, donate here or contact Jason.
Throughout the month of December, Redeemer collected many donations for Without Walls Ministry’s Birthday Party for Jesus held Christmas Day at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium. We contributed shoeboxes of small gifts for the many children in attendance, hams that were served for the Christmas feast, and bicycles for needy children.
Without Walls Ministry is about “taking the love of Jesus outside the four walls of the church by meeting the needs of the community through physical and spiritual outreach. Ultimately, it is meeting needs and saving souls in a mission field right in our own backyard.”
Redeemer is privileged to participate in these events. Our own Thomas Szymanski said he’s enjoyed participating in past events because “there are a lot of opportunities for prayer, including people asking you to pray for them. There’s a lot of candid discussion, plenty of bonding, and a great sense of God’s presence in the work being done…a real love and passion expressed by those hosting and participating in the event.”
For the Redeemer folks who helped make this event happen, here’s a special thank-you letter from Pastor Gordon Cashwell of Without Walls Ministry.
All of us at Without Walls ministry just want to say thank you for your help with the bicycles for the Jesus Birthday Party. Please know that many smiles will be on the faces of the children because of your generous donation. THANK YOU very much! We thank you, for the great gift you gave us. It is well received and appreciated. Thank you!
Keep your eye on the weekly Email Blast that will highlight the next outreach event and specific ways to participate.