Buy It. Give It. Tell It.
November 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm Categories: Recycling Hope
The Vision: Recycling Hope
Recycling Hope is first and foremost an outreach initiative and secondarily a fundraiser. Tim Vetters is helping a team of high school students turn old silverware into meaningful jewelry. He’s helping them recycle. But we are not recycling merely marketplace goods. It is not so cheap a project. We are recycling like the artist who sifts through the rubble the day after the fire, looking for only those creations that could withstand such engulfing heat, those molded with precious metals, carved with resilient stones. We are recycling like the God who looked down at his burning city and declared the day he would arrange a homecoming visitation to sift the beauty from the ashes and replant the seeds of goodness in the orchard (cf. Isa. 61)–to recycle elemental substance that remained, however hidden, in the world he once called “very good” (Gen. 1:31). We are recycling like that, because we are recycling one element that the world for all its self-destruction has not been able to destroy: hope.
The Mission: Buy It. Give It. Tell It.
Here’s how it’ll work. Engraved on each piece of jewelry or key fob will be the word Hope. The message is hope. These will be sold in the foyer of the church beginning December 8. All the money collected will be put into the youth scholarship and outreach fund, which means the money from your purchase will itself be used to deliver hope to and through a generation ever in need of finding it. Here’s the catch. Like spiritual gifts, these gifts are designed to be given, not consumed. So the rule is, if you buy it, you have to prayerfully give it away: to a friend, a stranger, a family member–to anyone who needs to hear that there is still hope for them, because God is for them. Then, once you have done that, you’ll come back to this blog and write about your experience. We are going to fill up this site with testimonies of lives touched in Jesus’ name through your hands, stories that will themselves become symbols of hope to retell, to recycle.
The Prayer: That the ‘need’ would become the face and the name.
We are confident that God already has people in mind that are going to receive this good news from you, confident, too, that he will put a face in your mind’s eye and hang a name on your heart like a led ball on a string to help you identify the person in your world that most needs to hear the message of hope through your act of love. Our prayer is simply that God would open the ears of his Church to respond to his voice.