Churches plan special offering for Action Ministries on Nov. 11

11/3/2012

SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE
           Tears and smoke stung their eyes as they watched their Rome, Ga., home burn. As the sun began to rise in the distance, the adults began to wonder what to do next. But for the moment, they were simply grateful that everyone in the family — nine adults and four children — had made it out alive. 
     When this family arrived at the Action Ministries Bagwell food pantry, the children were still wearing their pajamas. They had lost everything. Because of Action’s generous donors and engaged volunteers, the organization was able connect the family with a clothes closet and provide food for several weeks until they could get back on their feet. 
For 50 years, Action Ministries has helped communities and volunteers to provide for North Georgians in need of food, clothing or education. With programs in Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Gainesville, Decatur and Rome, partnerships with more than 500 community organizations and an established infrastructure for engaging people in service, Action Ministries has the ability to multiply the efforts of volunteers and donors exponentially in their communities.
On Sun., Nov. 11, churches across the North Georgia Conference will be taking up a special offering for Action Ministries. But a special offering could be taken any other Sunday as well. A donation to Action Ministries is an answer to Christ’s call to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, visit the sick and incarcerated and love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
“A gift to Action Ministries on Action Ministries Sunday returns to the church in ways that engage them by providing ready-made solutions that leverage and multiply their efforts,” said John Moeller, President and CEO of Action Ministries. “This is an unprecedented time in the history of Action Ministries’ 50 years of service to the poor.  We are mobilizing and fueling ministry for churches in local communities and working together to serve even more Georgians.”
Donors who give on Action Ministries Sunday are leveraging their blessings to bless others by providing:
Transitional housing to the homeless, where nine out of 10 families leave the Action Ministries program self-sufficient.
Supportive housing to veterans, people living with HIV/AIDS, disabled people and women struggling with addiction.
Hunger solutions through food pantries, community kitchens and gardens, backpack programs and the Smart Lunch, Smart Kid initiative, which served 117,000 lunches in 2012 to Georgia kids who would have otherwise gone hungry.  A new food box ministry is coming soon.
Education solutions through mentoring programs, GED, financial health or life skills classes, tutoring and reading programs for homeless children and tax return filing assistance for low-income and elderly clients.  
        Behind every life transformation is a group of individuals with a heart to serve. If you, your church, small group or family has heard the call to serve, Action Ministries can connect you with worthy projects in your own backyard. 
Actions speak louder than words in Georgia, and you can help. Donate on Action Ministries Sunday at your church or visit www.actionministries.net to learn more about the full scope of opportunities available in your neighborhood.
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