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Shaped by God - Wednesday, March 15 - Lenten Devotional 2017

Shaped by God
Wednesday, March 15
Carolyn Sonenberg, member of RPC since 1976

For I was hungry and You fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me water; I was a stranger and you invited me into your homes; naked and you clothed me; sick and in prison and you visited me... When you did it to these my brothers you were doing it to me! - Matthew 25:35-36, 40 (TLB)

The year was 1982. My volunteer job with RPC was to help administer the funds from the "Hunger Fund" offering. As needs in our community would arise, I would get a call from Mary Drake, who was in charge of the EOA (Economic Opportunity Atlanta) office in Roswell and points north. She would explain what was needed and I would check and see if we had funds available. Mary called each church or a representative of that church as needs arose. There were many needs and many calls.

David, my husband, and an elder, said, "There's got to be a better, more efficient way to get help to those with emergency needs." At a Witness and Service Ministry meeting, he brought the subject up and everyone agreed. Cy Mallard said, "David, I know you can come up with a solution and I will do everything I can to help."

That was the seed which grew to be North Fulton Community Charities. Other churches came to the meeting and the rest is history.

God used our hands, hearts, and minds, along with countless others, to do his work in our community.

Dear God, thank you for using us to do your work in our world. Help us to always listen to your "still, small voice". Amen.

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