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The forecast for Sunday, September 18 had been 90% chance of precipitation. The weather did not look promising for a group of church members from the Cranbrook Seventh-Day Adventist Church.  This date had been picked by the Personal Ministries team for a community outreach event planned over ten months prior.  But when God’s people pray-anything is possible! Prayers were answered when Sunday morning arrived with blue skies and sunshine! The group went out in their community, starting with the streets closest to their church, for their first What Can I Do For You Day.  The church hopes to make this an annual and growing event.

Equipped with a trailer of tools such as rakes, lawn mower, weed whacker and so forth, the group was ready to work. They went door to door wearing bright yellow t-shirts, with the question of the day written on the front, What Can I Do For You.   Some people were curious about this free offer, but had nothing outside their home that needed and others were surprised and grateful for the service.  There were a few community residents that expressed their hope to see the group return to their home every year to come.
The goal of this outing was to make people’s day, to bring smiles to their faces, and most importantly to be Jesus hands on this earth.

There are many elderly persons in the community, that are not able to do some of their basic yard work anymore, and working parents that could use an extra hand. It was a joy for the group to brighten people’s days and lives with not only their colourful t-shirts, warm smiles, but also their service. It was an honour for the group to be able to go and represent their church and God in the community.

One gentleman that the group spent quite a bit of time cleaning up his property shared, “I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but I’m kind of an atheist”. He was quickly assured that was no barrier at all to the service, and they were delighted to be a blessing to him that day.  After sometime visiting with him, he concluded the chat with “I hope you guys come back ever year, and maybe I’ll come hang out with you guys if you don’t preach at me”.  Some of the church members that met this man, have been praying for him and are excited to see how God may continue to use the church to bring this dear man to a relationship with Christ.

Mark 10:45 says, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Although the primary purpose of this outreach was to serve others, it was undoubtedly a gift to the church members who participated.  What a joy and privilege it is to show others Christ’s love through service.

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Tammy Molina
Co-Leader Personal Ministries Cranbrook Seventh-Day Adventist Church