The Best Thing to Bring to Verity Forum
James 2 tells us that faith without works is dead. Galatians 5:6 tells us that our faith works through love. Though the Bible is clear that faith in Jesus and his finished work for us is that which justifies us; it is also clear that our faith works, producing good, God-glorifying fruit. In other words, genuine faith shows itself in how we live and how we love.
We at Verity are committed to equipping you to use the Bible well, but we also want to live out the truth from the Scriptures. That compels us to think of ways we can love and serve others together, even as we gather at Verity Forum next weekend.
The Need We Understand
We want to come alongside initiatives that promote the love of Christ in tangible ways. One of the first initiatives that we would like to support is Love INC of Clackamas County's FREED program that supports young, disadvantaged women in Oregon. FREED stands for Feminine Resource Essentials Empowering Dignity.
Young women aging out of foster care or struggling with poverty often lack the funds to purchase basic feminine hygiene necessities. Local food banks and donations centers typically have very limited supplies of these items and supplemental assistance does not cover this monthly expense. Unfortunately, desperate women resort to stealing or using makeshift supplies. As a result, this situation impacts their daily lives. Many skip school or work to avoid embarrassment during menstruation. This contributes to their stress and to the cyclical nature of poverty.
Love INC of Clackamas County is striving to address the barriers for accessing needed feminine products by providing a supply of essential items that affirm and support the dignity of young women. Through the collaborative efforts of local churches and community organizations, they are establishing a hygiene bank that will assemble "FREED" kits. Each kit (valued at approximately $25) will supply a women with a 2-3 month supply of products in a personalized gift bag.
How We Can Help
Will you consider helping Love INC build up their resources to support and encourage the unique dignity of each of these beautiful young women? They need:
- feminine wipes
- panty liners
- personal-sized hand sanitizer
- hand lotion
If you would like to help, please bring a donation of these items to the Verity Forum on May 6.
If you forget your Bible, we can find one for you to use. If you leave your notepad at home, we will have note pages. These items are the best things for you to bring to Verity Forum, friends.
Thank you for loving others with us in the name of Christ!