By: David Lyda (From: Volume 1 - Issue 2)
"But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him." (1 John 3:17-19)
God’s love is shown when we help those in need. A variety of talents and skills can be found in the Christian body, and a variety of corresponding needs can be found just the same. How do we connect these abilities and assistance to those needs?
Heartstep is a non-profit organization in our community that is trying to bridge that gap between critical needs and those that can help. By utilizing their website and Facebook, they are connecting people in Upstate SC, North Eastern GA, and Western NC.
James wrote that pure religion was represented when Christian people stood to support the orphans and the widows (James 1:27). It was basically those in the community that could not help themselves, and they were in critical need! This call to service is becoming a reality as requests from food - to utilities - to repairs are being met by people just like you. The only way Heartstep’s mission can be accomplished is if the people step up with assistance and let the needs be known.
Nominations for needs are made through Heartstep’s website and are selected by their staff of volunteers. To be considered for assistance, a few criteria must be met. “The underprivileged household must obtain either a child or elderly person. The need must be critical in nature and the assessment should determine that the need is not or cannot be met by another agency or family member.” (Quoted from www.heartstep.org).
Next is where the assistance from the community comes in. The need is posted on Heartstep’s website and Facebook, and it will only be met if people from the community bring their love, resources, and talents to the table. If you see a need that you can help with, you would simply let Heartstep know as you see the stories that are posted on their website and social media pages! Relief comes through donations, service, assistance in finding long term relief, and it all comes through volunteers. Heartstep does not fill the need personally but is a foundation that brings those who can help to those who need help.
One current project is assisting Wisdom In Living Life Ministries in building a rehabilitation recovery facility in Travelers Rest, SC. (Click here for more details.) If you are interested in helping this project, fulfilling another need, or nominating a family in the community, let Heartstep know!
A difference is being made in our community, and Christian love is being displayed. Would you like to be part of changing lives by showing your heart? Visit www.heartstep.org to see how you can help. “Building Community-Changing Lives.”
From: Volume 1 - Issue 2