Category Archives: good deeds

Folks go over the edge to help kids ,and the Youth for Christ ministry

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Grade school along with middle school kids working together to save bats

Middle school students don’t usually mix with elementary kids – especially in the summer. The recipe works for this group of 8 as they hike the grounds at Arrowhead Park in Neola, Iowa.

The subject that has brought the 8th graders and 4th graders together is bats.

“The one we are researching is called the little brown bat,” said Michael Denning.

“It was cool, but kind of creepy,” said Brant Freeberg.

“There’s nothing cute about them at all,” said Olivia Matson.

“[The bats] get themselves under the loose bark,” said Olivia Matson. “And then they follow the path of the sun as the day goes on to keep warm.”

The park ranger told the youngsters about a problem.

“White Nose Syndrome is a fungus that grows on bat’s noses and on their wings and they can’t fly to get water,” said Brant Freeberg. “And they die.”

In spite of the creepiness, the students understood the importance of a bat.
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The greatest gift you can give another soul

 

I met this intriguing guy. He’s a recently retired Marine who had the great privilege of working security for George W. Bush when he was President of the United States. He’s even worked as President Bush’s spotter when he was in the weight room working out! On a couple of occasions, my friend had the opportunity to tell the President something that was very much on his heart. He said, “Mr. President, the folks from my church wanted me to tell you that we’re praying for you all the time.” At that point, the President turned to my friend, looked him straight in the eye, and said, “Then, would you please give them a message for me? Tell them the President is deeply grateful. There’s nothing greater they could do for me.”

I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “The Greatest Gift You Can Give.”

The most powerful man in the world realized the most powerful thing you can do for a person-even for him-especially for him…pray for him. At the National Prayer Breakfast, President Bush talked about working the rope lines at events and being stopped often by people who told him they were praying for him. He said, “I tell them this is the greatest gift you can give a person.” He’s right. It’s a gift I hope you’re giving to people every day, with all your heart.

Our word for today from the Word of God, here’s a revealing picture of what really happens when you pray for someone. It’s found in Exodus 17, beginning with verse 10. The Jewish General, Joshua, has led his troops into battle against the brutal Amalekites. And old Moses goes to fight the real battle. The Bible says, “Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning… Aaron and Hur held his hands up-one on one side, one on the other-so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So, Joshua overcame the Amalekite army.”

Just in case someone wondered what this “holding up his hands” business was all about, Moses explained it. He said, “Hands were lifted up to the throne of the Lord.” Moses made it very clear he was praying up on that hill. And notice how the battle was decided. Not by what the warriors on the battlefield were doing, but by what the prayer warrior on the hill was doing! That’s always where the battles are decided-in the Throne Room of the Most High God as someone intercedes there for someone or something they care about.

God must get tired of us saying, “Well, I guess all we can do is pray.” What? All I can do is go to the One who rules a hundred billion galaxies and focus on His love and power and aim it at some person or situation or need? There’s nothing else you can do that is even remotely as powerful as that! So who are the people that you pray for on a regular basis?

Commit yourself to be the Moses for some folks you know, and for some servants of God who are fighting on the front lines. There’s no greater gift people can ever give to me, to the people on our ministry team than to say, “I pray for you every day.” I just praise God for those people. And I hope there’s some lost people for whom maybe no one else may have ever prayed that you’re praying for.

Let me tell you, as one person who’s trying to serve the Most High God, there is nothing more decisive you can do than to be a regular prayer warrior as we fight for some of those lost people.

Let people know you’re fighting for them in the Throne Room of God. Find out what they need you to be praying for. You’ll be their Moses, praying down victory for their battle. You’ll be their Aaron or Hur, holding up their arms when they can’t go another step. When you pray fervently for someone, you are playing a vital part in guarding their life, in meeting their need, in changing their heart, in winning their battle. You are praying for them, you are going to the Throne Room of God for them. You are indeed, giving them the greatest gift anyone can give!

School Puts Student’s Service Dog In Yearbook, Now Internet Can’t Get Enough Of Their Sweet Story

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Three years after her son died, mom hears his heart


Son’s heart

Middle schoolers line route for dead officer, they know it is the right thing to do

 

 

 

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A lesson in how not to be thankful!

Returning home after walking my regular course one afternoon last fall, I came across an unusual scene. In front of the Christian school that I pass by were two men I know who work there. One was kneeling beside the sewer opening at the curb while the other was actually lying on the pavement and trying to reach down inside. A nicely-dressed woman was standing nearby.

I stopped to help and discovered they were trying to retrieve a schoolbook that had somehow fallen down into the sewer and which was lying, safe and dry for the moment, on a bit of concrete shelf. Being dressed down in shorts and T-shirt and already dirty, I offered my help and got down beside my friend. Though taller and having a longer reach, I couldn’t get to the book either even though I got down as far as I could into the sewer opening. Even using a pole with a gripping device wouldn’t work.

Well, we worked at it quite awhile before my friend thought about possibly prying the manhole cover from its rust-encrusted position so that he could drop inside. It wasn’t easy and the iron cover proved heavy and cumbersome – but it worked. Once we had that done, it took just seconds for him to retrieve the book and but another minute to maneuver the manhole cover back into place. Our efforts had produced a successful conclusion and, I don’t know about the others, I felt a wonderful sense of achievement.

But the most notable detail of this story was one that wasn’t wonderful at all for that was the inaction of the young girl whose book had been saved. During the whole time of the adventure – 15 minutes since I had showed up and who knows how long before that – she merely sat in a nearby car, messing with her phone. It was the girl’s mother who had stood alongside watching our efforts in her daughter’s behalf. The mom was encouraging and very grateful. But, even when the book was retrieved, the girl herself displayed no gratitude, not even interest. The mother was embarrassed when she finally had to direct her daughter to roll down the window to acknowledge the favor. The girl let the car window come down, took the book from her mom’s hand, gave us a slight and quick smile and…zip…up went the window again and she returned her attention to her phone. The mom repeated her own thanks and assured us that her daughter was grateful too. The evidence of that, however, could hardly been weaker.
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Opening Closed Minds The Chick-fil-A Way

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Town puts on graduation ceremony, and wedding in one day, for sick doctor 

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After death of leader,school community mobilizes 

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