God has put a burning passion in our hearts to not keep Kindness Outreach to ourselves. He has allowed us to take what we are doing and encourage/train other churches all around the nation, and world, to start loving their community in practical ways, done with no strings attached. God has blessed us in training churches that are in our own city, to churches that are in New york, Miami, L.A, rural Texas, etc. Only by God’s Grace and provision have we been able to do this, because here’s a secret, we don’t have all the answers either!
One question seems to always arise; however, when we are talking to pastors from different parts of the nation that might have a different culture, race, climate, or socioeconomic make up of their city than we do. the question is this:
Will Kindness Outreach work in my community or city?
To answer this question we have to back up and examine the core DNA of Kindness Outreach. At it’s core Kindness Outreach seeks to display the love and kindness of God, in practical, tangible ways, done with absolutely no strings attached. As we reach out to our communities in this way, we become a vessel in which GOD’S KINDNESS flows through and onto those we are serving. God’s Love and Kindness is what leads people to repentance (Rom 2:4), and draws those who are far away, closer to Jesus (John 6:44).
Just like the Gospel, God’s kindness transcends culture, race, climate, and socioeconomics. Therefore, Kindness Outreach will impact people no matter where you live, who you are, or what culture you are reaching out to.
The important part to remember is that we are displaying God’s Kindness to a community. The specific outreaches we choose to display His love and kindness is secondary to that core DNA. With that said, there are certain outreaches that work better in certain cultures or climates.
For instance we have friends in Miami that could do a $1 Car Wash (wash a car and give away the dollar) anytime of the year, where our friends in New York would have to be crazy to do a $1 Car wash in the dead of the winter. We have friends in Kenya who give out banana’s at red lights, pastors in South Dakota that give out pumpkins, and churches in Texas that hand out Dr. Peppers. We have churches that show God’s kindness by giving out rice and beans to the poorest of the poor in Haiti, and churches in Southlake that go door to door giving out “free movie nights” to the upper class in mansions. We have had churches wash windows and toilets in Mineral Wells, San Francisco, Dallas, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, and New york.
So again, the answer to the question of Kindness Outreach being effective in your community is, YES!!! Because God’s kindness transcends!
In the coming weeks, we will be having different pastors from all around the nation write guests post on how they are seeing Kindness Outreach impact their specific communities. Exciting things to come!
If you are interested in getting Kindness Outreach started in your city please don’t hesitate to contact me. We do everything from phone trainings to what we call Kindness Explosions. God has placed you in your specific community for a reason, and if we can anyway come alongside that and help encourage you/your church to start reaching out and serving, we would be glad to.