My mother-in-law is eccentric; I think she'd be okay with me saying that. One of the best things about her, though, is her compulsion to serve others. She is always taking food to someone, giving someone a ride here or there, or donating her time to church activities. When she hears of someone in need, she doesn't stop with, "Wow, that's a shame." Instead, she goes on to think, "What can I do to help?"
Nellie has a definite compassion towards people who are down-on-their-luck, especially the homeless. In an effort to help them, she has come up with a wonderful idea, one that I think we will start doing in our family, too. She makes little care packages for the homeless people that she sees standing along the roads, and she calls it "Touched by an Angel Ministries." The packages currently contain:
- a bottle of orange juice
- a pack of trail mix
- peanut-butter or cheese sandwich crackers
- little tub of applesauce
- little tub of green beans
- trial-size antibacterial gel
- plastic fork & spoon, napkin
- small copy of the New Testament
I think this is a great way to reach out and to be the arms of Christ to people in need. It would also open the door for helping people further, and for sharing the story of Jesus with them.
It's a thing I love.
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