Steve Suddoth from Zion Baptist Church, a partner of Cru®, has been delivering Holiday Care Boxes for over ten years. He has encountered many people and could tell lots of stories about his experiences, but he couldn’t contain his excitement about how perfect God’s timing was last year, delivering the Holiday Care Boxes!
Steve was partnered with a few students from various colleges in the upper Midwest on a cold day at the end of December. That’s often when post-holiday loneliness and despair sets in for many people. They knocked on a door, and at first, no one answered. This was how their afternoon had been going, and they were becoming a bit discouraged. They knocked again. No response.
One last time, Steve gently tapped on the door, expecting that no one would open it, and they would be on their way to the next house. As they turned to leave, a woman opened the door. Her face seemed to show that her spirit was troubled. Steve and the students introduced themselves to Kathryn and explained about the box they had for her. They asked if they could pray with her, and she broke down. “The Lord must have sent you,” Kathryn said through tears. Then she explained, “I’ve been contemplating suicide all week.”
She poured out her heart about losing her job, suffering from broken family relationships, and how she had, in her isolation, concluded that suicide would be easier. “God didn’t intend that for you,” Steve gently affirmed, before lifting her burdens to the Lord in prayer.
After prayer, her whole body visibly changed from troubled to content and peaceful. “In talking with you,” said Kathryn, “a big burden was lifted off.” She came to church at Zion Baptist Church the following Sunday, and a church deacon follows up with her, helping her understand more about God’s love!
Your care, compassion, prayers, and financial support make it possible for our urban partners like Steve and Zion Baptist to connect with people like Kathryn in their neighborhoods with tangible expressions of Jesus' love.
Any gift you contribute will help us expand our ministry to more families in need this Christmas. $150 will help us minister to a family of five. Gifts of $450 enable us to impact fifteen individuals in need. You can bless 10 families with a gift of $1,500. $3,000 will help us reach one hundred more people!
$150 ministers to a family of 5 $450 impacts 15 individuals in need $1500 blesses 10 families $3,000 reaches 100 more people!
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