MetroKidz and Beyond the Walls need your help serving our community. They are partnering with the foster care agency CONCERN (www.concern4kids.org) to provide Christmas gifts for the children who are serviced by the organization.
The children that CONCERN helps have been severely sexually and physically abused. They are also categorized as “medically fragile” which means they have been diagnosed with three or more mental disorders such as bipolar, ADHD, schizophrenia, etc. All of them have been abandoned by their parents or primary caregiver.
I used to think HIV was linked to those individuals who decided to live the “fast” life (drugs, prostitution, substance abuse, etc). That was before I became an HIV tester. I now understand that people who deal with HIV are very similar to my mother, sister, brother, uncle, father, friends, and possibly my son.
One day, a 24-year-old young woman came in to be tested. Before I gave her the test, she shared with me that she decided to leave her country in Africa, and all her family and friends, to continue her education here in the U.S. She came in to take the test because her mother, who is now the caretaker of the young woman’s 2-year-old son, had called to tell her about “rumors” going around that baby’s father had died from AIDS. I sat there looking at her eyes filling with water as she told me the “rumors”.
We've been conditioned to believe that membership has its privileges. But is that true in a church context? Has God really given you privileges, like you're an American Express cardholder????
How many years have you been a member at Metro? 1? 5? 10? 40? Some of you have been members here your entire lives! :-) And some of you just walked in last week.
What does it mean to be a member? Do you have more privileges or “say so” the longer you’ve been here? Or is it your age that matters? Are older members more important than younger members? What about more educated members vs less educated members? Or members who were born in the US vs members who migrated here? Members who eat curry chicken vs members who eat Grillers?
On Sunday, November 9 and Sunday, November 16, we'll hold a free clothes giveaway. Attendees will also receive a hot meal. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and anyone from the community is welcome to participate! Come one, come all!!