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We Care Blog

May 19

A Whale of a ... God

God is so much bigger - so much kinder - than we know. His grace is so much deeper. His love so much broader.

Often, we feel like we are floating along, adrift, longing to feel the warmth of the breeze His movement. But the gentle winds don't come and we feel stagnant in the wide open aloneness of life.

I think we have all felt this way at one time or another, but in seasons of great struggle, it can be a daily battle to stay afloat emotionally, spiritually, and even physically. Our clients know this daily ebb and flow, and I feel a consistent burden to communicate to them the truth of the consistent and mighty presence of God.

Asking for help is incredibly difficult. Humbling. Depending on the circumstances, it can even be degrading at times. How I long for every precious one who enters the doors of We Care to know, to experience, nothing but dignity and warm affection. I am convicted that it is our job to represent Jesus in this place, and I want nothing more than to communicate His heart for those He so loves. And how He loves the poor!

"If anyone has material possession and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?" 1 John 3:17

The way we treat the poor matters. Hundreds of verses attest to the truth that it matters - matters deeply - to God. Many of the harshest rebukes come to those who do not see to the needs of the poor; it's even one of God's chief complaints against Sodom. Over and over, we read promises of blessing for our love and reproof for our inattention to the vulnerable.

In addition to the act of giving, we are also bound to the act of loving. The two are often steady companions, but it is possible to give without love. It is near impossible to love without giving.

Loving is the much more difficult task - it requires us to suspend judgment, reproof, even advice at times. God meets us right we are and loves us there, and we are compelled to do the same. He does this so very well! Coasting under us, buoying us up, propelling us along, whether we know it is Him or not. God is ever present, and we are called to mirror the same for others in need.

We need to know that for those in need, feeling adrift is not the worst of it. Isolation is. History attests that humans can withstand almost anything but introduce isolation, and capacity severely shrinks. The beautiful in that truth is that God draws close to us and never allows us to truly be alone. But that is hard to feel, hard to experience, harder still to trust. What if we could mirror His presence and thereby mirror Him to a hurting world? Isn't that really what we're here for?

The next time you feel like you're floating, out of touch, searching, worst of all alone, remember that you have a strong presence beneath you. He is there not to harm but to help. And perhaps the more we know this truth for ourselves, the more we will communicate it those around us in need. May it be, Lord, may it ever be.

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May 05

Hanging In: We Care Director's Notes

It's tough to "hang in there." Life is hard, and to keep holding on when the fierce winds blow can be quite trying.

Our clients know this all too well. Often, dominoes of potential struggle arrange themselves around them in a circle, one precariously close to the next. When one falls, they all do. Case in point: we had a precious client this week for whom the dominoes have fallen in a messy heap. He is 79 years old, and just in recent days has lost his bride after nursing her through severe illness for years. She had no insurance, and now her Social Security check is gone. His check and hers was all they had. It took $12,000 to bury her, and now he has nothing left. His electricity bill has stacked up to over $1,300 and will be cut off soon. Housing is a problem when living on half of your income overnight. He knew he would be in grief but is now surprised by instant and overwhelming poverty.

How do we tell him to "hang in there?"

It isn't easy. He came looking for help, and while we did what we can, there are limits on what one place can do for mountains of need this high. He received great attention, kindness and love. He was prayed over. He was wept over. He is now carried by those who had the honor of his presence, and we beg the Lord to meet his needs in all the ways we could not.

The need we see is completely overwhelming. There are not enough answers, not enough dollars, not enough capacity to meet it all. We know that. And yet, we give the hope we know in Christ. We have that in abundance and give it to all who enter our doors. We know that the Lord sees every need, and He is working His will and His way to meet them. We pray that every client leaves our doors knowing more of His great love.

Chapin is a very giving community. We see it all the time. Food comes when we need it. Every time. Right on time. And we could not be more grateful because it allows us the opportunity to minister to clients like this sweet grieving man this week. We have the divine privilege of being God's hands and feet to a hurting world. We all have that honor through every interaction, every conversation, every touch with the wounded world.

May we move gently, tenderly and lovingly in His name, perhaps giving others even a little tighter grip as they hold on - as we hold on together.

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Mar 02

Director's Notes - March

 

resizeSt. Patrick’s Day. We think of so many fun and celebratory traditions encircling this day, images of shamrocks and everything green. But the real story of Patrick reveals such deep and abiding truths. Profound truths.

Kidnapped and imprisoned, Patrick had to find a way to hold onto a God he barely knew when his long journey began. But held on, he did. Held on so tight that after being freed, he sought out his captors to share the truth of salvation, grace, and love. Quite a grip he had.

St. Patrick’s Day in elementary school was all about avoiding the pinch. But oh how Patrick knew the pinch! He lived in a perpetual painfully squeezed place as he sought to honor the God who sought him. We avoid the pinch; he pursued it for the sake of living the gospel.

Perhaps this month would be a good time to look around and see those living in a pinch. Economic restraint feels so tight to our friends and neighbors that they feel suffocated. Emotional pressure also constricts the heart, numbs the mind, and even slows the body. We are surrounded by those living in the pinch, in a crushing state of strain. We are enveloped by a wounded world’s ever-increasing desire to be free from all that binds.

What do we do? How are we to respond to need? God gave us such a great example in Patrick. Long before he was a saint, he was a guy. Just a guy, a teenager in fact, who was scared and confused and in need himself. God met him there and infused his heart with all he needed to go and do what he was called to. He walked Jesus’ path of love, and in so doing, left behind some lovely shamrock-shaped footsteps for us to follow. Under the three-leaved clover lies the footprint of the Master. May we follow it into fields of green, fields of harvest, fields of life.

 

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Feb 11

Director’s Notes

 

“Walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us” – Ephesians 5:1

Love is all around us. The world is painted red and pink, tokens of affection abundant and ready to be lavished on dear ones. Somehow in these handful of days, we are more alive to the steady beat of love in our hearts. Love is all around us.

February 14 is a day we love to love. It feels light and airy with flowery emotion and kind sentiment, but St. Valentine knew great struggle. Our traditions lay on the back of one who was martyred for his defense of Christian love. His commitment and sacrifice bend our ear to another heartbeat: one that seeks to truly “walk in the way of love.”

Jesus lived and died the eternally perfect example of how to walk with love determining every step. On February 14, and 15, and 16, and every day after, are we not to do the same? To live love with deep deference to the needs of others?

Love has little value when not given away, shared with the world around us, particularly the world that is ever pulsating with need. The struggle for love that St. Valentine grappled has not ended. Need is ever before us. Only our response is in question.

I am constantly overwhelmed by the love poured out every day at We Care. Faithful volunteers display deep commitment and affection with every bag of food packed, every interview with clients, every call answered. Clients return that love with great gratitude and kindness. Bountiful donations pour in day after day, each a token of love. Valentines, every day.

The spirit of love, of Valentine’s Day, abounds in the daily happenings of this blessed place. May it ever be. And may you ever feel appreciated for all you do and welcomed to pour out more. We are all privileged to touch the sacred as we seek to walk in the way of love, on Valentine’s Day, and every day after. For the King and His glory!

Alecia Klauk

 

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Nov 16

Business Cares for We Care

The Business Cares for We Care annual food drive was a resounding success, with more than 2265 pounds of food, cleaning supplies and paper products collected on Saturday, November 14.

Volunteers from Chapin area businesses, the Chamber of Commerce and dancers from the Chapin Middle School Dance Teams manned the entrances at the Chapin Food Lion and Bi-Lo grocery stores for four hours to create awareness for the food pantry's needs. The Food Lion team collected over 800 pounds of canned goods, non-perishables, dish detergent and paper products. The Bi-Lo team, which included Chapin Mayor Skip Wilson, took top honors with more than 1400 pounds collected.

"Overall, it was a great day. This is one of our major food drives, and we rely heavily on it to stock our pantry," said We Care Executive Director Jeff McCormack. "May God bless the Chamber and its Small Business Networking Group for organizing this annual contest to help We Care!" 
  

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Oct 07

Welcome to our new website

We are excited to introduce our new website, which is simpler to navigate than ever. Not to mention, things look a little differently too. Whether you are looking for some assistance, wanting to help those in need, or simply want to learn more about who we are – our site makes it easy. 

Wondering what we’re up to? Stay up to date with our Event Calendar and subscribe to our Newsletter too. Our blog is a great place to discover good info and keep tabs on the We Care Center.

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