We’ll have two activities going on that day in the Fellowship Hall both to help Sole Hope. Before any of that, though, let’s eat! Right after the last Sunday Service, at 12 noon, let’s gather in the fellowship hall. We’ll have a main dish ready for you to enjoy. We’re asking that folks bring a salad or a dessert—an alphabet potluck: A-L share a dessert and M-Z share a salad. Please sign up on the signup sheet in the church foyer or call the church office at (217) 367-8923, and tell us how many are in your group so that we know how much of the main dish to provide.
One will be the shoe cutting activity. We have a pattern from Sole Hope for cutting the tops for a kid’s shoe. We’ll divide up into different stations; some trace; some cut and some assemble. We did this back in January. It’s fun and easy. If you can handle a marker and a pair of scissors, you’ll do great!
The second activity of the day will be to put special care kits together. The items that you supply in these kits will help children in Uganda continue to heal after their jigger removals. The Sole Hope nurse will hand out the kits we make along with a wash basin, soap, and clothing before the patients return home from their stay at the Sole Hope Outreach House. Please read: the Care Kit Party Book; it has very help information to help us see why these kits are so important.
Here’s the list of items that we will pack in the care kits (quart sized freezer bags). Purchase these ahead of time and bring them with you or drop them off at church.
- One tube of triple antibiotic cream
- Ten Band-aids
- Five Safety Pins
- One snack size zip-lock bag of cotton balls
- Ten alcohol wipes
- One page of children’s stickers
- A card/letter to the recipient: this is optional in that we’ll have supplies available so that you can make your own card; of course, if you want to buy one to put in the bag, you’re welcome. We’ll also resource you with a list of encouraging Bible verses to write on your card.
- Two dollar donation with each kit (when was the last time you could visit the Doctor for 2 bucks!)
Kindness is king. We don’t do this to just do a good work, but because God loves people and He loves people through us. Kindness connects us with people in the most excellent way; as the Apostle Paul wrote, “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:12-15 (NIV)