FUSION Christmas Store
Each year our FUSION Youth Ministry sponsors the Christmas Store that helps provide Christmas to local families in need. Here is one story about how volunteering at the Christmas Store impacted a member of our church.
This was my first year doing this. There were several things that were memorable to me.
Everyone I spoke with loved the Christmas Store. One family said if it weren't for us, their kids would only get clothes for Christmas. Besides being able to buy toys at affordable prices, shoppers liked the calm, quiet, low-pressured atmosphere and the shopping helpers. They appreciated having the time to figure out what they could afford to purchase. One woman told how she lost the letter inviting her to come and she panicked. She was so relieved when she found it again. Also, someone commented on our new sign saying she didn't realize there was a church there.
There were 2 women in particular who touched my heart.
One woman had totaled her car the day before. When I asked her what we could pray for for her, she said peace. And she started crying. It was evident that God was touching her. She is planning on visiting our church.
Another woman had to leave her husband earlier in the year because he was abusive. I could see Christ in her from her actions and attitudes. Even though she had to leave her husband, she still loves him and wants the best for him and is acting in his best interest where possible. Also, even though she went through this tragedy, instead of blaming God for this, she praised God for providing for her every step of the way. Although right now she works on Sundays, she was also interested in getting involved in our church.
I'm really glad I got to participate in this.