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THURSDAY THOUGHT 7/14/16 — BE STRONG! BE LOVING!

July 14, 2016 on 11:11 am | By | In Being About God's Business | Comments Off on THURSDAY THOUGHT 7/14/16 — BE STRONG! BE LOVING!

I’m seeing something akin to mass hysteria sweeping the country of late. No, I am not above it.  I also struggle with concern (aka angst) over events in America and the world, from mass shootings to violent, angry protests to outpourings of a whole lot of hatred from different “sides.”  We live in uncertain, unsettling times.

 

This is nothing new, of course. The world has always been a place of war, famine, violence, hatred, bigotry … a very challenging place.  As followers of the One God, however, we have a few special gifts that can/should help us rise above the fray: faith, hope, and trust.  The Lord is where we should turn to get our strength and our guidance.

 

My point: Put our faith in God, not in flawed leaders, causes, or world movements. God is in charge, even though at times it may not seem to be the case.  So, what should we do?  That is between each individual and God.  All I know is that we should not be afraid.  Instead, be strong and trust.  Oh, and do pray.  It does make a difference, a big difference.  — jri

 

This is my command — be strong and courageous!

Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your

God is with you wherever you go.”

  • Joshua 1:9

 

 

I tend to be outspoken and not all that tolerant of views that I find hopelessly difficult to support. So, I apologize if (no, not if, but when) I have reacted with anger and sarcasm rather than with love and understanding.  You see, responding with patience and love – I suspect/know that that is the truly strong response.

 

Jesus, who when last I checked, is still the King, had a lot to say about love and tolerance. Here are just three points he made:  (1) “Love each other.  Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.  Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” (John 13: 34-35).  (2) “The second [commandment] is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  No other commandment is greater than these” (Mark 12: 31). (3)  “But I say, love your enemies!  Pray for those who persecute you!  In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5: 44-45).  I think that pretty well sums it up.  Love the Lord.  Love your neighbor and your enemy. And do not be afraid.  Amen.

 

 

John Ingrisano

DailyConnections

July 14, 2016

WEEKEND THOUGHT 1/11/15

January 11, 2015 on 11:39 am | By | In Being About God's Business | Comments Off on WEEKEND THOUGHT 1/11/15

TAKING CARE OF EACH OTHER

The last thing I worry about is salvation, about getting into heaven.  My challenge is getting through the perils and pitfalls of each day.  But one of the things I have learned over the course of my 64 years is that the reason we’re here is to take care of each other.

That’s the joy.  Let me repeat that:  That’s the joy.  No, it’s not about being busy-body do-gooders (who try to boss people around and save them from themselves, usually with other people’s money), but about caring and giving, about offering our time, our patience, our love and our support.  Often it’s just a matter of being there, of buying a cup of coffee and listening, of letting others know you care.

My point:  I believe many of us (yes, me too) spend way too much time meditating on our navels and wondering and worrying about what we want, what we should do, what we hope will make us happy.  As the Brooklyn cousins might say: Fagetaboutit!  Instead, share yourself, your love, and your time with others.  Odds are that you will bring them joy just by letting them know that they are not alone and that you care.  Oh, and you’ll make yourself feel pretty good, too.  I guarantee it.  – jri

“Mankind was my business! Their common

welfare was my business!”

         — The Ghost of Jacob Marley

             A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

 

Now and then, several friends and I do the Bible study lesson at a drug rehab center called Set Free.  Most of the guys living at the facility (an old, bare-bones former chicken processing plant) have lost everything, including family and friends.  Many feel forgotten.  Yes, we do a semi-formal presentation.  But we’re not ordained ministers or counselors.  Mostly we just visit and talk with these men who are trying to turn their lives around.  They invariably tell us how grateful they are that we took the time to come by.  And we invariably remind them how blessed we feel for the opportunity to spend time with them.

John Ingrisano

DailyConnections

4279 Hunter Road

Gainesville, GA 30506

January 11, 2015

 

FRIDAY THOUGHT 8/15/14

August 15, 2014 on 1:57 pm | By | In Being About God's Business, Motivational Thoughts | Comments Off on FRIDAY THOUGHT 8/15/14

GOOD DOG & A HANDSOME LAD

Rocky and I have a simple morning ritual.  You see, being a Boxer with a smoosh-nosed face, he suspects he may not be the best-looking dog in the pack.  So, each morning, he ambles over to me and, while giving him a thorough scratch from head to butt, I tell him, “Rock, you are a good dog and a handsome lad.”  Then I smack him lovingly on the side, and he wanders off, tail wagging, happy as a clam the rest of the day.

This is something I believe we all could use.  Too often, we tend to either not share the compliment about someone or we focus on the “teachable moment” and point out areas in need of improvement (aka criticism) rather than address the good – in life and in our faith.  

My point:  Encourage one another.  Life can be tough, and it is so easy to become discouraged.  As Christians and men and women taught to love one another, we should share the kind word, offer support and encouragement, send that email telling someone how much we love him or her or how much we enjoyed a recent Facebook post.  Thank you.  – jri

“He comforts us in all our troubles
so that we can comfort others. When
they are troubled, we will be able to
give them the same comfort God has
given us.”              
                       — St Paul (2 Corinthians 1:4)

 

Several weeks ago, after I had done some small thing for Susan, she looked at me and said, “You’re wonderful!”  I grinned from ear to ear and, like Rocky, I just about wagged my tail.  We all need to hear nice things, supportive things, words of encouragement.  Try it.  No, nothing phony, but genuine.  Find something genuinely nice about someone and then share it with that person.  If we all do this, there’ll be tails wagging all over the world!  Be joyful and thank you for reading my ramblings.  I appreciate you.

 

John Ingrisano

4279 Hunter Road

Gainesville, GA 30506

www.dailyconnections.net

August 15, 2014

FRIDAY THOUGHT 7/11/14

July 11, 2014 on 1:49 pm | By | In Being About God's Business | Comments Off on FRIDAY THOUGHT 7/11/14

BATTLING SEX TRAFFICKING WITH LOVE

I’m a big fan of local ministries, of trying to make a difference in our own back yards.  So, this week, I was delighted to be led to a young couple, Jen and Beau Robson, both in their 20s, who are working to end sex trafficking in Gainesville, Georgia.  They’re doing it with Christ and with love through several organizations, including Straight Street Ministries and Beautiful Feet.

These are positive, love-based ministries:  No picketing strip clubs or posting customers’ photos of Facebook, or puncturing tires in parking lots.  Just the opposite.  Instead…

  • Jen goes right into the lions’ den of our one local strip club in Gainesville and visits with the girls in their dressing rooms, sharing the gospel of love and a better life.  (I was surprised to learn that the management of the club has no objection; they seem to feel that it is good for morale.)  As I understand it, she also brings packets of supplies and reading material for the girls.

 

  • Jen and Beau are part of a hotline.  They take calls from girls looking to get out of the strip-prostitution-pornography business.  Sometimes they just talk and listen, letting the girls know that someone out there loves them.  They also take a proactive approach, calling the numbers published by women on Craigslist and other sites offering sex.  “Sometimes we get hung up on,” says Jen.  “Sometimes a guy interrupts the call.  But sometimes we get to talk, and the girls – and sometimes they’re women as old as in their 50s – appreciate our message.”

 

  • Sometimes, they do rescue runs to pick up girls, sometimes as far away as Savannah.  (A related organization, as I understand it, devotes itself to putting their toll-free number in hotels, truck stop restrooms, and other places for girls/women who want to get out of the business.)

The point:  These two Bible-grounded people do not just talk the talk; they walk the walk.  They are making a big difference in a little way to stop a major problem of sex trafficking in this country.  And they’re doing it locally.

How can we help?  Check them out on Beautiful Feet Ministries on Facebook and/or Straight Street Revolution.  They need volunteers and funds.  (They’re also doing a 5k run/walk August 30th to support their backpack ministries that provides food and other supplies for families, since poverty and hunger are factors in why some girls end up selling themselves.)

For our part, we have invited Jen and Beau to speak and spread their message at our Saturday Men’s Prayer Breakfast at The Highlands, Cleveland Highway, Gainesville, Georgia, on July 26, 9:00 a.m. to10:30.  We’d love to have you join us.  — jri  

 

“How beautiful on the mountains
     are the feet of the messenger who,
         brings good news,
the good news of peace an salvation,
     the news that the God of Israel reigns!”
  • Isaiah 52:7

I do not know exactly what has drawn me to this ministry; however, when I stop being so logical and practical, I do know it is God doing the leading, which is as it should be.  I have a wife, two daughters and four granddaughters.  I guess that is one of my motivations.  It is through the rampant explosion of pornography and the acceptance of paying money for young girls to lap dance and more in “gentlemen’s clubs”  that our daughters are not only being objectified as sexual objects, but many have come to see themselves as nothing more than that.  I’m trying to make a difference with my one small skill: writing.  My first short story, “The Prostitute,” which is the introduction to a novel-in-progress, Daughters of an Abandoned Civilization, has just been published.  I invite you to read it online in Wilderness House Literary Review.  God bless.

John Ingrisano
4279 Hunter Road
Gainesville, GA 30506
www.dailyconnections.net
July 11, 2014

TUESDAY THOUGHT 6/24/14

June 24, 2014 on 4:23 pm | By | In Being About God's Business | Comments Off on TUESDAY THOUGHT 6/24/14

LET IT SHINE

There was something different, something special about the two men who drove up my driveway.  They were coming to take down and haul away the bodaciously huge shed on our property.  Yes, they were positive and friendly, but I’ve met my share of con artists, grifters and cheaters in my time, and I did not know these two, so I was a bit wary.

Even after one of them offered a heartfelt “Amen!” when they had successfully backed the truck into a tight spot without hitting anything, I missed it.  Finally, as we chatted casually on one of their breaks, we joyfully discovered that – like a family reunion — we were brothers in faith, three men who took our faith seriously.

Only then did I realize what had been different about them all along:  It was the joy in their eyes.  They were men who knew who they were: confident without being arrogant, enthusiastic without being anxious, caring without being insipid or sappy.  They were comfortable speaking of God and, yes, they bowed their heads in thanksgiving before eating their lunch.  They were men of faith.

My point:  God blessed us with faith.  Do others recognize Jesus in us by our attitudes and our smiles, by our joy?  Do we share our faith, let it shine so others can see it?  Because if we do, if we let the amazing love and peace and joy of God radiate from us, if we do not hold back, but instead let the Spirit shine, they will know us by our love.  — jri  

 

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.”

— “This Little Light of Mine

 

Like the men walking to Emmaus who did not recognize Jesus at first, I did not initially see Our Lord in these men.  (Nor did they see Him in me, though one said, “John, we were going to witness to you before we left today.”)  But once we recognized our Lord in each other, it was a joyful, heart-overflowing reunion of brothers in faith.  Thank you, Adam and Tony, for your faith and for sharing it with me.  God bless you.

John Ingrisano
4279 Hunter Road
Gainesville, GA 30506
www.dailyconnections.net
June 24, 2014

WEDNESDAY THOUGHT 6/18/14

June 18, 2014 on 11:16 am | By | In Being About God's Business | Comments Off on WEDNESDAY THOUGHT 6/18/14

PORNOGRAPHY

[Sorry, but this is not going to be a happy, feel-good posting] 

Click a porn site and destroy a child’s life.  It’s a simple as that.  First of all, let’s get one thing straight:  Yes, I’ve done it, too.  I know the mixed feeling of fascination and revulsion.  It can be addictive, gentlemen, if we let porn get hold of us.

So, maybe it’s time for all of us to stop.  Pornography is directly related to child prostitution, sex trafficking, the slave trade.  Call it what you like, but it is a supply and demand business, and business is booming, yes, even right here in the United States.

Just a few stats (and since this is a crime-world business, the numbers are hard to document exactly):  The number of prostitutes worldwide is 40,000,000.  The average age a girl becomes a prostitute is 14.  Some third-world girls are tricked into the business by promises of jobs in foreign countries, especially the U.S.; some, sadly, see prostitution as their only choice to make a living.  Typically, a prostitute is beaten 12 times a year.  Every second, more than 28,000 (mostly men) view pornography.  More than 100,000 websites offer illegal child pornography.    

My point:  This is a supply-and-demand business.  Every time someone clicks on a porn site or visits a “gentlemen’s club” (a nice euphemism for a titty bar and backroom brothel), another child is put at risk.  If no one clicked, the business would shrink.

“But if you cause one of these little ones
who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would
be better for you to have a large millstone
around your neck and be drowned in the
depths of the sea.”
  • Jesus Christ (Matthew 18:6)

The more I have investigated the world of sex trafficking, the more horrified I have become.  I am currently writing a novel (working title:  Daughters of an Abandoned Civilization) that I hope will in some small way increase awareness and held lead to the decline of sex trafficking.  Please pray that the book goes well (it’s about half finished and is showing promise) and that it finds a publisher.  Thanks.

MONDAY THOUGHT 6/16/14

June 16, 2014 on 9:51 am | By | In Being About God's Business, Recommended Link | Comments Off on MONDAY THOUGHT 6/16/14

CANCER!

A cancer diagnosis was a death sentence when I was a kid.  Patients were told, “Get your affairs in order.”  I do not know the exact five-year survival rate (how “success” was measured), but it was slight, regardless of the type of cancer.

Today, I am delighted to see that I am surrounded by cancer survivors.  The five-year survival rate for breast cancer, for example, today is an impressive 89.2 percent.  That is due to massive research in finding ways to prevent, fight, and, someday, find a cure for cancer.

My point:  I invite you to help find the cure so that our children never have to even think about cancer.  My cousin’s son, Jeff Hunsaker (technically, he’s my first cousin, once removed, in case that sort of stuff interests you), is riding to raise money for cancer research.

Please help by clicking here and make a difference by making a generous donation.  Please take two minutes now to go to the site and make a donation.      Thank you, and good luck, Jeff.  The world needs more people like you.

John Ingrisano
4279 Hunter Road
Gainesville, GA 30506
www.dailyconnections.net
June 16, 2014

TUESDAY THOUGHT 6/10/14

June 10, 2014 on 12:18 pm | By | In Being About God's Business | Comments Off on TUESDAY THOUGHT 6/10/14

WHY PRAY

Prayer is talking to God.  Mostly, I think, our prayers tend to be to ask God for favors.  Well, I figured out a while back that I had no idea what I really wanted.  (Actually, “wanted” is a lot different from “needed.”)  So, when it comes to me, I try not to ask for the new Mercedes, the winning lottery ticket, or even relief from my routine bouts with poison oak.  God knows what I need.  I just ask God to bless me and guide me … and give me patience and faith.  And I pray to give God thanks for all my blessings, both recognized and not.  No laundry list of favors.

The prayers that make the most sense to me are prayers for others.  This is where, in the Bible, we see Jesus doing His best work: when friends and loved ones come to Him and ask healing for a loved one.  It is because of their faith that Jesus cures the ailing friend or family member.

My point:  Pray for others.  Especially with our non-believing friends and family members, you may be the only one asking God to bless them.  Make a list.  Ask God to bless and guide them every day.   – jri

“Some people brought to him a paralyzed
man on a mat.  Seeing their faith, Jesus
said to the paralyzed man, ‘Be encouraged,
my child!  Your sins are forgiven.’”
  • Matthew 9:2

Looking back, I realize that there was a whole battalion of prayer warriors asking God to watch over my cousins and me (and many others, I am sure).  The ringleader was my Italian grandmother and her sister-in-law, who did in fact pray continuously, their prayers, I believe today, saving us from the foolishness of our often slightly misspent younger days.  For Stella and Tessie and all the others who prayed for us who at the time did not have the sense to pray for ourselves, thank you.

John Ingrisano
4279 Hunter Road
Gainesville, GA 30506
www.dailyconnections.net
June 10, 2014

THURSDAY THOUGHT 6/5/14

June 5, 2014 on 11:47 am | By | In Being About God's Business | Comments Off on THURSDAY THOUGHT 6/5/14

”MANKIND IS MY BUSINESS”

I know, I know, it’s way out of season to be quoting Charles Dickens’ A Christmas CarolI do so only because I was marveling recently at the decades-long transformation in my own philosophy.  In 1985, when I started my consulting / writing business, I was an Ayn Rand objectivist, a hard-nosed capitalist.  (Rand is best known for her terrific novel, Atlas Shrugged.)  To quote Rand directly, I believed in “the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.”

Honest, I truly believed that, and I was one hard-nosed, full-of-myself businessman, not all that likable.  I was not so much driven by money or success, but just … driven.  It was kind of a mindless striving, and I was awfully good at it.  (Looking back, I may not have known where I was going, but I was making darn good time!)

Today?  I guess I am the transformed Ebenezer Scrooge.  (Actually, the quote comes from Scrooge’s dead partner, Jacob Marley:  “Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, benevolence, were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business! “)  I let God in.  No, there was no burning-bush, bright-light moment, but a gradual, gentle awakening.

Slowly, I began to realize that life is not about my striving to reach some vague top spot or building an edifice to my own tiny mortality, or paying for one more Caribbean vacation or refurbished back deck.  No, I began to realize that life – a meaningful life — is about others, about helping those who struggle and, just as importantly, about allowing others to help us when we struggle.  (And it is about growing in and sharing God’s Word through what is known as The Great Commission, but that is a topic for another day.)

My point:  Put people first!  To quote Pastor Rick Warren, “It’s not about me.”  It’s about others.  I have come to believe that a life lived for self is an empty, sad, oh so logical existence, while a life lived for others is a joyful, purpose-driven and exciting adventure, one richly rewarding, though not always in gold.   – jri

“Therefore I … beg you to lead a life worthy
of your calling, for you have been called by
God.  Always be humble and gentle.  Be patient
with each other, making allowance for each
other’s faults because of your love.”
 
  • Ephesians 4:1-2

 

 

Last evening a friend and I drove to Set Free Mission, a men’s drug/alcohol rehab mission in Gainesville, to join them in their Wednesday night Bible study lesson.  We’ve gotten to know many of these broken men over the last few months.  They appreciate our coming, and we appreciate the opportunity to be there, meet with them, and hear God’s Word.  Now that is an evening well spent.  Amen.

John Ingrisano
4279 Hunter Road
Gainesville, GA 30506
www.dailyconnections.net
June 5, 2014

MONDAY THOUGHT 3/24/14

March 24, 2014 on 10:06 am | By | In Being About God's Business | Comments Off on MONDAY THOUGHT 3/24/14

WHO?

David Brenner died last week.  Who?  He was 78 and famous not so long ago as a stand-up comedian.  Who?  He was big in the 1970s and the 1980s, and a regular guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.  Who?

Brenner was not quite so big as Milton Berle (Who?) or Jerry Seinfeld (Ah, finally, one I know!), but he was big.  However, even if you remember Brenner, your children most likely will not

My point:  Fame and fortune are fleeting puffs of smoke.  Many of us devote major portions of our lives to accumulating wealth and achieving recognition and honors.  It is all for naught, all for nothing.  A better use of our time:  Serve our brothers, help our sisters, love our children, bless the strangers we meet on the street.  – jri

“’Everything is meaningless,’ says the Teacher,
‘completely meaningless!’ 
What do people get for all their hard work under
the sun?  Generations come and generations go,
but the earth never changes.” 
               — Ecclesiastes 1:1- 4

One of my regrets in life is that I spent way too much time trying to make my family comfortable beyond what I would now say was “enough.”  Once I’d met all their basic needs, I should have spent more time fishing with them, swimming with them, playing with them, writing books (literary novels, not sales training programs), and taking time to get to know God.  But wait, I still have today and as many tomorrows as the Good Lord grants me.  Yes!

John Ingrisano
4279 Hunter Road
Gainesville, GA 30506
www.dailyconnections.net
March 24, 2014

MONDAY THOUGHT AND THANK YOU FROM “SET FREE”

December 1, 2013 on 9:21 pm | By | In Being About God's Business | Comments Off on MONDAY THOUGHT AND THANK YOU FROM “SET FREE”

SOCKS & BLANKETS FOLLOW-UP

This is a thank you letter.  On September 25, I sent out the word that Set Free, a low-budget (but highly successful), Christian-based drug rehab program, housed in an old chicken processing factory in Gainesville, Georgia, needed some basic winter supplies for the men.  The number of residents pretty much always bumps up against the maximum of 70 men, housed in a large bunk-bed dormitory.  (The women’s home is elsewhere, and they also could use supplies.)

The response has been terrific. Initially, friends donated perhaps a dozen blankets and sets of socks (we didn’t keep an exact count of the quantities). Then the other day, more boxes began to arrive.

The total amount of additional supplies we dropped off this weekend came to 80 pairs of socks, 12 blankets, six sets of underwear, two sets of flannel sheets and 51 personal-size bars of soap.  In the words of an overjoyed Aaron Clemons, pastor at Set Free, “Oh, boy, socks for everyone for Christmas.”

On behalf Pastor Aaron, thank you and God bless you for your generosity.  Among the donors (and I’m going to name you.  Sorry) are Fran and Larry Green and Ronnie and Jeannie Ravan of Gainesville and Louise and Rich Benin, Wisconsin, and friends at the Green Bay Education for Ministry class in Wisconsin.

Our connection to Set Free:  It’s personal.  Susan’s brother had totally destroyed his life with drug addiction.  In prison, several years ago, he decided he had had enough, and he gave his life to the Lord.  Out of prison, he entered Set Free, where he lived on “beans and rice, rice and beans” three times a day, washed his clothes in a bucket, and spent hours a day reading scripture, praying, and getting God-based counseling.  After that, he spent the next three years as a self-admitted Jesus freak, transforming the lives of pretty much every man and woman he encountered.  (He also brought his sister, Susan, my wife, to the Lord.)  Phil died in April 2011 of a brain aneurism, accomplishing more good in his last three years than most people  — with the exception of Jesus – could ever do in a lifetime.

If you want to donate money or supplies for the men (or the separate women’s ministry), send them directly to:

Pastor Aaron Clemons
Set Free Ministry
881 Dorsey Street
Gainesville, GA 30502
(678-450-8270

So, again, on behalf of Pastor Aaron and the men at Set Free trying to fix their shattered lives (or just looking for a dry, safe place and warm meal before moving on) thank you.  Your gifts are deeply and greatly appreciated.  – jri

John Ingrisano
4279 Hunter Road
Gainesville, GA 30506
www.dailyconnections.net
December 2, 2013

WEDNESDAY THOUGHT & CALL TO ACTION 9/25/13

September 25, 2013 on 8:58 am | By | In Being About God's Business | Comments Off on WEDNESDAY THOUGHT & CALL TO ACTION 9/25/13

SOCKS & BLANKETS

No, this isn’t one of my oh-so-clever teaser titles.  It’s a call for help for a no-fringe, Bible-based drug rehab ministry located in a tired industrial neighborhood in what was once a chicken slaughterhouse and processing plant in Gainesville, Georgia.  It houses 70 men at a time, it’s always full, and it works.

I know because this is the mission (I can’t call it a facility) that saved Susan’s brother’s life after Phil finally realized that God had better plans for him than his life-sapping drug addiction.  I had to go see this place after Susan told me about it.  (No, I never got to meet Phil as a transformed, drug-free faith zealot.  He died of an aneurism, three years after he let the Lord change his life.)

Set Free is bare bones, and Pastor Aaron, the joyful minister/director (who crushes me in a bear hug each time I see him) does not drive a luxury car or earn a six-figure income.  Set Free gets by on faith, prayers, and the generosity of loving donors.  (I first met Aaron last year, after we decided to drop off my collection of hotel toiletries – toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner – and were greeted as though our small gifts were gold.)  The mission also distributes free bread off the loading dock on weekends to anyone who shows up.

So, here’s the deal:  Winter is coming, and when we asked Aaron what the men needed most, he said socks and blankets, nothing fancy, for the 70 residents.

I’m thinking about tube socks, those four-pair packs for $5.  Thirty-five sets (total cost: @ $175) of those will get each man two pairs of socks.

Blankets?  (The men bunk in a single bunk-bed dormitory room that must get a tad drafty in January, even in Georgia.)  Does one person know of a good deal?  Or perhaps 70 people can each chip in one blanket.  Anything at all beats nothing at all.

I also suspect that coats and shoes and gloves would be useful.

Can you help?  Here are some options:

  1. Send donations (checks are good, too) directly to Set Free at 881 Dorsey Street, Gainesville, GA 30501.  No need to reference us, but if you want to let Pastor Aaron know how you heard about them, he knows us as Johnny and Susan, “the newlyweds.”  If you have questions, call Set Free at (678) 450-8270.
  2. Send items to us at John & Susan Ingrisano, 4279 Hunter Road, Gainesville, GA 30506, and we’ll see to it that everything gets to Set Free.  (This also gives Susan and me a chance to get a hug from Pastor Aaron).
  3. If you’re members of our church, The Highlands UMC, in Gainesville, feel free to get your socks and blankets and other items to us on Sunday mornings.

On behalf of Pastor Aaron and the men at Set Free trying to fix their shattered lives (or just looking for a dry, safe place and warm meal before moving on) thank you.  Your gifts are deeply and greatly appreciated.  – jri

“Suppose you see a brother or sister who has
no food or clothing, and you say, ‘Good-bye
and have a good day; stay warm and eat well’ –
but then you don’t give that person any food or
clothing.  What good does that do?  So you see,
faith by itself isn’t enough.  Unless it produces
good deeds, it is dead and useless.”
                      — James 2:15-16

Susan and I began tithing individually, before we re-met and married last year.  It’s no big woof when one considers that God gives us one hundred percent of what we need.  So saying thank you with a ten percent “rebate” back to God is a small thing.  And these days, there are so many people and places in need.  Set Free is only one.  Adopt a ministry (even if it is only visiting the lonely woman down the street) that God makes available to you.   So, please, give of your wallet, give of your time, give of your talents, give of your heart.  Most of all, give of your prayers.  God bless.

John Ingrisano
4279 Hunter Road
Gainesville, GA 30506
www.dailyconnections.net
September 25, 2013

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