Challenge #7: Give Your Time
Week seven starts now!
Challenge #7 details: Volunteer for an organization, a friend or family. Maybe volunteer with the local rescue mission, soup kitchen, crisis pregnancy center. Or find a way to volunteer and serve your church: helping in the church nursery, being a greeter. Or see how you can help the elderly or busy moms in your church.
Photo guidelines: Take a photo showing us where you volunteered. Make sure you post it on Instagram and remember to tag @BoundlessTeam and use #BoundlessChallenge2k18. Be creative with captions, camera angles and filters! To be eligible to win this week’s prize (a Boundless T-shirt!), post your photo before next Monday, August 6.
To go above and beyond, commit to volunteer in the same way within the next month.
Volunteering Your Time
I once had the opportunity to go on a short term mission’s trip to Los Angeles. We helped the Union Rescue Mission serve homeless people living on Skid Row. I had a lot of expectations and ideas of what our time in LA would look like, but God had other plans.
Day one at the Union Rescue Mission, we did some maintenance on the building, then sat down and talked with those who came in for meals. It was simple, yet having gospel-driven conversations with the people of Skid Row changed my outlook and left me fulfilled. Many of them knew the life-transforming power of faith in Jesus and were there to help others on the street.
Many of the people we met were so full of life and hope while living in poverty. It was such a joy to give my time in service to them because of the joy and true thankfulness they displayed. One of the highlights of the trip was babysitting children while their mothers attended classes to help them obtain quality jobs.
The week on Skid Row left me drained yet I’ve never felt so satisfied. I flew to LA, expecting to evangelize to those there, yet I left feeling like they had given more to me than I had given them.
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.
In volunteering our time and serving others, we reflect Christ’s love to those around us.
About the Author
John Begeman is a small-town kid who interned with Boundless the summer of 2018. He’s attending South Dakota State University, majoring in communications and minoring in broadcast journalism. He stays busy at college, working with admissions, the college newspaper and an elementary school. He’s also involved in campus ministry, leading Bible studies and helping organize events to reach the lost on campus with the gospel.