Thursday, October 20, 2011

Zippity DO Bags

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.  ~Author Unknown
The mom's group I'm a part of this semester has been reading the book The Missional Mom by Helen LeeIt's about being on a mission in the home and in the world.  I have been both encouraged and challenge by this book.  I found that I have not done the best job I could with our five year old son when it comes to missions.   He sees his mommy and daddy showing God's love to people, but I have not given him many opportunities to do it too.  God has showed me over the past few weeks that kids can and NEED to be able to serve people.  Teaching the Bible is important, but it's also important to put it into action.  I've been praying about something our family could do together to show God's love in our community.   

Here is who God has placed on my heart.

The Homeless
It breaks my heart to see a person without a home. 
A person who is hungry.  

A person who feels alone.
I have seen so many without homes lately.  I usually give them some cash or food from a near by restaurant, but it just doesn't seem like enough.  I want to give them something more personal that says, "I care about you.  I am going to pray for you today."

I had read about how a lady gave a brown bag filled with food and supplies to homeless people she came into contact with.  I thought, "I could do that."  I began planning out how to put this new mission project into action.  When we where in Africa a few years ago, we learned how valuable ziploc bags were.   There are not many ways for them to keep things fresh and protected.  So I started thinking about how this would apply to a homeless person too.  Then I thought about what would be useful to someone living on the street.  Food of course is the #1 thought.  Personal hygiene items are good too.  I also thought thick socks and hats could make them warmer.  Add in some scripture, and it's a very useful bag!

Since I wanted to send plenty of sunshine heading their way, I named our project Zippity DO Bags.  It's a ziploc filled with love, and it's something our family can DO together.  

So as were traveling in our daily lives, we will keep these bags in our cars to give to those in need.  Then we get to have more fun putting together more bags.  This way our son has a part in helping, and he can also be a part of the giving too.  

Our challenge to you is

Make a Zippity DO Bag to keep in your car so when you see the homeless you can DO something too!

Please share your thoughts and/or experiences about the Zippity DO Bag! 


Helen said...

Love hearing about people who have been inspired to make a difference by reading the book! God's love in action--what an inspiration. I also love that you are including your son, which is such a wonderful way for kids to learn about missional living from a young age. Thanks so much for letting me know and come back and share more stories!

Anonymous said...

I love this idea! My only concern would be for the food & water bottles- I feel that the food(even the dry type) might go bad in times the car is left in the sun & the water gets some of those bad chemicals from the plastic bottle. I would replace the dry snacks with the $5 gift card to McDonalds & water bottles -with the reusable metal bottle from 99C store, which they can fill with water from water fountain. Otherwise-a great idea! My kids will love it! Thank you for posting this!

Anonymous said...

This is amazing!! Such a wonderful idea that will bless many!
I'm wondering what the title of the book is that you are including in each Ziploc bag.
We run a Community Giveaway, similar to a 'free yard sale' 2x a year, Spring and late Fall. My husband and I organize and plan it with some of our church family each year. We began 10 years ago next month. We have grown from 30 families to over 160 as of last year. Nearly 600 people came and received many different items, mainly winter clothing for their entire family. All of this to explain that I would LOVE to offer a book or a page with encouraging scriptures to each family that comes. We have offered Bibles but many families don't speak fluent English or are of a different belief. We would still love to reach these people with God's love for them. With such a large amount of people attending we would have to keep our costs low. I'm wondering what your suggestions are and also about the book you include. That is a wonderful idea!!!

I am so thankful that I found your blog through Helen Lee's Missional Mom blog. Thank you for all of your efforts and the love you share for these precious souls!
I would love to hear your ideas or suggestions
when you have a few minutes.
God bless you and your family!
Sincerely with love in Him, Sara Chapados

Sally-Girl! said...

We have done this too! Thanks for the reminder so I can put some more back in my van!