Care Bags, Part. 3 – The update!
“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39 (NLT)
On Sunday, November 21, 2021, at 2:30pm, a group of six people, including my wife and I, gathered at Lighthouse to assemble the CARE Bags with the food, water, toiletries, clothes, church information, and mini-Bibles that many of you donated. I was so overwhelmed by the generosity of our church and how you always answer the call. There were also some cash donations, which will be used for out next CARE Bags project, hopefully before Christmas. Within an hour we had put together about fifty bags, then did a small training, prayed that God would soften hearts and provide opportunities to encounter people, and went out in two groups of three people. We decided that each person should try to give out five bags each, pray for the people we encountered, and share our personal testimony and/or the gospel.
My group consisted of my wife and Sandra Galanes. As we left the church building Sandra immediately drove us to an area close to the 78 highway and Emerald Dr., where there was a small camp of homeless people. We carefully approached them, listened to their stories, prayed with them, shared the gospel, and gifted them the bags. Each one of us was able to speak and pray for someone. They were so grateful for the bags, for the prayers, and that someone would take a moment to engage them! God is so good!
Thank you again, Lighthouse family, for your generosity and compassion for our homeless community! A few weeks ago, I begin spreading the word about this compassion project, CARE Bags, which focuses on the second part of our church mission: ‘To know Christ and make him known”, and the third part of our 2021 theme: “Renew, Rebuild, Reach Out”.
Would you be open to continue partnering with me as we transform Oceanside with the hope of Jesus Christ in December? Or how about meeting up to grab a coffee or share a meal? Join me for “LIVE WITH BASILIO!” online on Wednesdays at 4pm via Facebook Live (facebook.com/lccoo/live). This is for everyone!
Basilio Ramirez, Worship Pastor