A tremendous gift

We recently received a tremendous gift at Shepherd Community.
No, it wasn’t a large amount of money or a large quantity of stock.

It was a few pieces of gardening equipment.

Now, you may think, “That’s tremendous, Jay?” You bet! Because the gift came from one of our neighbors who has so little, yet, she wanted to be a part of what we’re doing at Shepherd.

Riches she doesn’t have. But she gave what she could.

What gift can you give?


The Challenge

Quietly, on Friday April 29th at 1:27pm a life passed on to eternity with his Heavenly Father. The world is consumed with hopelessness, bitter political debate, and emptiness of wealth. Yet, there was a man, named Norm Sharp, who changed the world with no acclaim, with no glory, and no fanfare.

This man was like my second father. In a time when the world is ravaged by children without fathers, I had the privilege of having a great father, and a second amazing God-father.

I often say, “Every child will be mentored, the question is by whom?” I was mentored by great parents, and so many others, especially Norm.

So I mourn his loss, but rejoice that he is Home.

And I take the challenge: Who will I mentor? Who will I invest in?

Like Norm mentored and invested in me, I want to do the same with the children and families living in poverty in our neighborhoods. Won’t you join me?

Today we grieve.

Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 11.50.46 AMThis past Friday a fire took the life of a 90-year-old woman and seriously injured her 68-year-old daughter in our neighborhood. This is a family that regularly receives food
delivered to their home by Shepherd volunteers.

This, among many other things, causes us to grieve and reminds of the important work we do on a daily basis. We made a difference and will continue to do so. Although this is a tragedy for this family, we are thankful to know that we can walk alongside them and help as they try to put their lives back together.

We are thankful for everyone who volunteers, gives, and prays for Shepherd. You all make a powerful difference for the families, children, and neighbors we serve.

Today, we are thankful for the important work you help Shepherd accomplish! Thanks for making a difference.