Paying It Forward: Sponsoring More Bears for "His Hands Bear Ministry"
Twice a year our church holds an adopt-a-bear program. Now these aren't the furry wildlife kind, they're actually VERY tame and comforting. The senior group at our church (Christ's Church at Mason) has a very neat outreach program called "His Hands Bear Ministry". Once a month they get together and make dozens and dozens of little stuffed bears. Each is truly unique, different fabric, vests, hats, ties and various costume items. They literally make HUNDREDS of these little bears every year!
And these bears have a mission, and are on a mission! They're donated to patients at local hospitals and cancer centers to provide them some comfort! From children to adults, the intent is to let them know that God and strangers DO care about what happens to them as they go through such a challenging time! Our pastor regularly reads stories of the impact these bears have had on patients.
Our part is pretty minor in the grand scheme. For $5 a bear, you can pick out a bear and name them. That $5 covers the costs of supplies to build another bear, so while people don't think there's such a thing as perpetual motion, well they haven't witnessed the bear ministry at work. Many thanks to the seniors who make this program work!
So this week we adopted four bears, and named one of them Jamie in honor of Missy's son. We think this cute little bear with a buttoned vest has a special mission and is going to give someone an extra pick up when they need it most!
A quote from our friend in North Carolina:
"I do not share my stories of paying it forward for recognition. I share them so that others might be inspired to do what they can, when they can, where they can. No more, no less." Tish Lloyd, North Carolina REALTOR®
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