12 Dollars of Christmas: Love God Love People
This post is part of the 12 Dollars of Christmas series I’m doing, sharing with you about different charities and people who are making a difference for God’s kingdom and asking you to join me in praying for them and in giving $1 dollar (or more) to each of them.
A few years ago some people I know started talking about starting a non-profit. I remember being impressed by their passion and vision, but honestly it seemed like a big undertaking and I wasn’t sure where it would go. Now that vision and passion has grown into something real and growing, a group of people who are really making a difference in the world around them, showing love in tangible ways and bringing the kingdom of God on earth. I feel proud to say that I know people involved in this movement and today I want to tell you about this group so that you can pray for them, support them financially or physically get involved yourself.
They are LOVE GOD LOVE PEOPLE (commonly referred to as LGLP) and that is exactly what they are doing. In the beginning of December they worked together with 3 other organizations to plan an outreach event in Mexico where they gave “over 1,500 people shoes, and 1,200 bags of food” as well as giving Christmas presents to over 2,000 children. But, this isn’t an organization that is just about the one time big events, they are about more than that, they are about long term commitments. Every month they take a group of people down to Mexico and consistently work with a number of different needs in the area. They also have begun working with Homeward Bound, “a transitional housing program for homeless and domestic violence families, located in Phoenix.”
I encourage you to check out their web site. Explore their About LGLP page, go to the prayer requests page and pray with them for the needs of those they work with, and if you are in the Phoenix area find out how you can get involved in their monthly trips.
As part of my $12 dollars of Christmas campaign I also encourage you to join me in praying for LGLP today and to join me in sending $1 (or more) to help support them and further the work God is doing through them. Right now LGLP is in the process of applying for their non-profit status so that contributions can be tax deductable; so, I will tell you up front that this one is not tax deductible yet. But, I believe strongly in the work they are doing and I believe that as people of God we are called to give generously whether or not we get a tax benefit from it. So, if you want to join me in contributing to this wonderful ministry you can do so by sending cash, or coins, spare change, or a check (made out to LGLP) to this address:
LGLP 6771 W. Miner Trail Peoria, AZ 85383
Lord, I pray that you would continue to bless LGLP. Connect them with more and more people who desire to see your kingdom come in Mexico and in Arizona. Give them positive and helpful partnerships, give them the resources and support they need to further and expand the work they are doing on behalf of the poor and broken. And use them to show your deep love to people and through them call people to follow you in your way of love.
Rejoicing in the journey - Bethany Stedman
Photograph by LGLP