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10,000 GIFTS to Our Community

90 Days of Generosity at Fishers UMC From Lent To Pentecost
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10,000 G.I.F.T.S to Our Community

WE ARE STILL COUNTING G.I.F.T.S. 

Even though our 90 days is up, we still want to hear what G.I.F.T.S. you have accomplished using the link below. Together our goal is to reach 10,000 gifts!

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VIDEO ENCOURAGEMENT VIDEOS

Pastor Mark Ellcessor has several video messages to encourage you to keep being a blessing to God and the world. Check them out by using the link below.

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IDEAS FOR THE 10,000 GIFTS CHALLENGE
G – Give… to someone as a blessing

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
(2 Corinthians 9:11)                 

Using Resources

  • At a restaurant, give your server well over 20% tip
  • Find a person who could use encouragement, and give them a $100 bill to bless them
  • Offer tools, equipment, resources and muscle to someone who is doing a project.

Using Time

  • Show up to do yard work or home repair for someone who needs help.
  • Get to know the neighbors in the ten closest houses to yours. As you discover their needs, be a servant neighbor to them.
  • Find a way to connect with an orphan, widow, prisoner, nursing home resident, etc. Serve them.
I – Intercede… for someone in prayer

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
(James 5:16)

At the Moment

  • When someone shares a need with you, ask if it would be okay to pray for that need right now, then do it!
  • At a restaurant, tell your server you are going to pray before your meal, and ask if there is anything they want prayer for.
  • As you discover someone’s need, call them and offer to pray for them on the phone.

On Your Own

  • The Bible says that Jesus is interceding for us. So, ask Jesus what he is praying about for a specific person, then join Him in praying for that person.
  • In the Notes section of your phone, create a prayer list. When someone tells you of a need, jot it down immediately so that you can pray for that need during your prayer time.
  • When someone shares prayer concern with you, write it down in front of them and promise to pray for them that day.
F – Follow… the leading of the Holy Spirit

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
(James 1:22)

Revealed in Prayer

  • Talk to the Holy Spirit, then listen to what is being said to you, then obey what He says.
  • Trust those “nudges” of the Holy Spirit in your life to take action in the moment.
  • Develop a relationship with someone of a different race or nationality. Follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in the friendship.

Revealed in Scripture

  • As you read Scripture, ask the Lord if there is something you are being called to do. Do it.
  • When reading the Bible, make an “I Will” statement. Share what you will do with someone, then do it.
  • After reading the Word of God, picture yourself in the story. What is God saying?
T – Thank… someone personally

How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? (1 Thessalonians 3:9)

By Saying It

  • Look your server, delivery person, medical worker, or teacher in the eye and tell them thank you for what they do.
  • Thank someone in front of someone else who knows them.
  • At work or school, find someone who is an unsung hero and tell them thank you.

By Writing It

  • Take a moment to send someone a virtual thank you. Be creative!
  • Go old school, and handwrite a note and send it in the mail.
  • Give someone a small gift and attach a handwritten card.
S – Share… your Faith with someone

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
(1 Peter 3:15)

Introduce them to Jesus

  • Share openly and personally what Jesus means to you.
  • If there is openness, share how you became a Christian.
  • Share some of the ways God is helping you through an area of struggle in your life.

Invite them to Church

  • Invite someone to come to a worship service or watch a service online. Then follow up and see what they thought of it.
  • Invite someone to be part of your church group that you are part of. Offer to pick them up and take them to the meeting.
  • Invite someone to join you in being part of a mission activity you are involved in.