The Story of our Love Offering

The story of our Love Boldly surprise on September 24th, 2017
Did you love boldly? Are you ready to share your story?

Your wonderful stories are still coming in but it is clear South Church is Loving Boldly! The donations have reached far and wide. Monetary donations have been given to many hurricane relief funds as well as individuals working to support those efforts. Other organizations supporting social services, environmental causes, animal services, arts organizations, youth services, and veteran services received the Love Boldly donations as well.

Many shared their money with strangers that had become familiar faces on daily commutes to work. Some chose to match their gift and share it with family members, friends or neighbors in need. Check back often as we add to the stories below!

The South Church Staff:
The staff pooled our money to bake 16 loaves of pumpkin bread and place them in baskets filled with apples. We went out two-by-two to make the deliveries. We wanted to recognize the hard working staffs of our neighboring faith communities with a simple thank you. It felt like a simple yet powerful act of faith to reach out with fresh baked bread to say, “I see you” and “Thank you”. 

Peter and Deb White:
We shared our $25 via www.kiva.com. This organization makes low/no interest micro loans to needy individuals and groups around the world. The recipients generally have ~99% payback rate. The lenders (us) could decide to take back their principal when the loan is repaid. However, another choice (which is what we will do) is to turn the loan repayment around and lend it out again. We feel this is a way to help individuals and small groups pull themselves up out of poverty and probably/hopefully help their local communities by providing at least a useful service and possibly jobs. By reloaning the money as it is repaid, we can keep doing this forever. The investigation to decide what organization to use and who to loan the money to was very gratifying. I asked several friends who have a lot of experience in 3rd world countries which were the best organizations to work with. This led to some really good discussions about both what the church was trying to do with this money and how micro loans worked.

Peggy Karns:
I matched the amount and gave it to the person at Healthy Hornets in Hancock, Maine who coordinates putting together over 30 backpacks and food items each Thursday to send home with elementary school kids. She was thrilled with the gift and the story of the Love Boldly initiative. She said she would pass it on.

The Hoenig Family:
We “adopted” a Pika! This was something we would not have otherwise done. The boys saw it in their Ranger Rick magazine, and they immediately knew! For awhile, Cody thought a Pika would actually be arriving in the mail! We also had some money left over and purchased a water purification kit for Oxfam to send where needed.

The Saniuk Family:
We chose to give our offering to the Children’s Center for Communication: Beverly School for the Deaf. Teachers from this school have been working with our niece/cousin since birth to help her communicate with the world. She is doing so well, we would like to share our gift to help more children. We were excited to be able to give to help children who are deaf or have difficulty hearing. The school is a wonderful resource for families in the area.

Trudy Hanes:
I gave my gift to the hurricane relief fund in Naples ( our other home town). I had not lived anywhere near a hurricane damaged area before now. The stories of destruction are really overwhelming. And so are the acts of kindness and generosity. Thank you South Church for helping to show support and caring to those in need.