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I am Shawana. Pray with me today: May we rise out of our own fears. May we see a face on the street we don't know and love them as Jesus taught us to love.
Put your hands in it. It is one thing to send money to a cause or to hear about a cause, but it is far more rewarding for all involved if everyone is reaching in and digging deep.
A community can see real change then.
The Dallas Bethlehem Center was a community center when I was growing up. I'm happy to see it alive and vibrant now. With its programs for children, Breakfast and Books, a food pantry and a community garden, there is always something going on here for those who are a part of South Dallas. Putting my hands into something that put in to me is more than rewarding, it is hope for the next round of children.
I work a lot in the food bank at the Bethlehem Center, which is located in South Dallas. We service 300-400 families and it is a huge necessity for those living close by. There aren't grocery stores in this area. The only place that is close by are corner stores that are overpriced. The Bethlehem Center is a food distribution partner of Crossroads Community Services. We are able to give nutritionally based food items to families based on the number and ages of those being served, once a month. For our seniors, this is huge. They are not mobile and can hardly make it two blocks, much less to a bus to get to a grocery store. Some of the staff and volunteers here go pick them up on their week, just to make sure they get food.
I also serve breakfast to kids here on Sunday mornings. I will never forget the day a little girl came up to me. She didn't look well and was on the brink of tears. I asked her what was wrong and she said she was hungry. Breakfast was over and lunch was still a bit away so I shared a bag of chips I had with her. She ran to the corner and ate them faster than I had ever seen someone eat. I knew she needed more and I found it. Community helping community…it's so important. I'm blessed to be a stay at home mom but this is like a job to me. I can't imagine not giving to this place.
I think people live in fear. In fear of those who look different, talk different or live different. But you don't need to have fear. Everyone is human. Just speak to each other, "Hi, how you doing?" Come see us in South Dallas and say hello.
Do not let your hearts be troubled... In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. John 14:1-3