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Tony Brooks: Service Projects and Sunday School/Small Groups

Photo from Melodime's visit to the Source of Light Orphanage in Haiti.
Photo from Melodime’s visit to the Source of Light Orphanage in Haiti.

By Tony Brooks

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (James 2:14-17 NIV)

Every Sunday School class/small group or Bible study from elementary age to senior adults should have an ongoing service project in the community or around the world. When we have an ongoing service project, we look beyond ourselves.

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~Albert Schweitzer

Here are some that rekindle the inner Spirit for me:

I had the privilege of coaching Bradley Rhoades while he was a part of Spence Network’s Uptick a few years ago. He is a member of the band, “Melodime”, and they decided through our coaching that they would provide musical instruments to underprivileged children from the profits of their CD’s.

I suggested (with his permission) Haiti and the school and orphanage we helped build and support. Click here to watch the result. Here is the result:

I am still excited about our More Than Nets program where malaria is being eradicated, thousands are coming to know Christ, and 100’s of churches are being formed in a Muslim dominated country. Learn how you can join us with just $10.

We have many more initiatives around the world to live out of the Great Commission! Visit www.bgav.org/missions to discover possibilities.

For local service projects, consider:

  • Sponsor a local school and what needs are available.
  • Sponsor the local fire department.
  • Sponsor a soup kitchen.
  • Sponsor a local homeless shelter.
  • Sponsor a local sports team and have someone be a chaplain for them.

The list is endless! The bottom line is we need to look beyond ourselves and see how we can share hope and love in our world!

Brooks-TonyTony Brooks is our Sunday School/Discipleship Specialist and Field Strategist for the Southside Region. You may email him at tony.brooks@bgav.org.

Follow Tony on Twitter: @TonyBrooks7