In a recent article on the Seattle P.I. Blog stated the cost of living in Seattle has increased 13% since 2009.
Jesus said in Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light." What would it look like to follow Jesus' by offering to carry the burdens of others to free them from their weariness. How much more easily a person can come to hear and accept the Gospel if those who are sharing it with them have first relieved some of their worry and stress. How much more genuine an invitation to a transformed life in Christ when we lead by humbly following Christ's example.
So what if we did it? What if everyone in Anchor Church committed to using 13% of our Christmas budgets to bless Seattle? There are people here in our own city who desperately need help. These are our neighbors who are trying to hold on to their homes; our co-workers who don't have health care and are facing mounting bills; the person we sit next to on the bus who can't afford to fix their car; the parents at our PTSA meetings who are wondering how to explain to their kids why there won't be gifts this year under the tree. These are people we talk to everyday at the grocery store or the bank or the cleaners without ever knowing the pain, fear and struggle going on under the surface.
Times are tough for everyone. We live in an expensive city that desperately needs Jesus. We can't solve all of our city's problems, but we can make a difference for some who are struggling. I hope you'll join us this Christmas in blessing our neighbors.
Three ways you can get involved
1. Partner with you community group to relive a need that you or someone in your group is aware of.
2. Anchor is sponsoring a family in need from the Wallingford Boys & Girls Club with many needs that you can help with.
3. We are assembling care stockings geared towards helping homeless people for Family Works, a food bank in Wallingford.
4. You can give finically to this work by on Sunday or through the mail (8560 Greenwood Ave N #804, Seattle, WA 98103) and indicate that it is for 13%.