At seven and a half months old, IGC got to experience its first Christmas as a church. Aligned with our church’s core values, IGC wanted to make it a season where we focused outwardly towards the greater Bay Area community. As Christians, we have received the greatest gift – grace. The name of our church, Indelible Grace Church, means that God’s grace and love to those who believe the gospel is unending and can never be erased. What better way could we spend the holiday season than by showing that same grace and mercy to others?
IGC is committed to making a difference in people's lives, especially during this time of economic hardship. We partnered with a local organization based out of Oakland, California called World Impact. World Impact is a Christian missions organization dedicated to ministering God’s love to inner cities by "adopting" families and meeting their material needs. Through the first week of December, twenty families were still waiting "adoption." IGC made a commitment to adopt three families. The director was surprised and thrilled to hear that we were willing to adopt so many because each family had multiple items on their wish-list. I was a little hesitant myself to agree to three families not knowing how big each request was. I feared that perhaps each family had asked for a large flat-screen television, an Apple laptop, and new clothes! But once the families' requests were emailed, I realized that I was completely wrong. These families just wanted basic necessities, items that we take for granted, such as socks, pajamas, jackets, shoes, etc.
Some of the items donated by IGC members.
Members of IGC were overwhelmingly responsive to the families’ requests. Whether people contributed by adopting a whole family, an item or two, through financial donations, or in prayers, IGC fully covered the requests of all three families and was even able to donate more than what was requested. More important than the donations was the hope given to these families. Nothing is more important than God’s grace, and it is a privilege to be able to share that gift with others.
This blog entry was written by Marianne Siu.