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Topic: Volunteer (11/23/06)
TITLE: Natural as Breathing
By Tamara Rodrigues
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When you have the heart of Christ, volunteering is as natural as breathing. It is a visible sign of an inward reality in our lives.
I donít know about you, but I love to volunteer doing all different types of things. Stretching the gifts God has given me and offering myself and my time to others in the body of Christ is just something I really enjoy.
I have had the honor and privilege to volunteer many different times and for many different things. One of the greatest volunteer experiences I have had this year was as an alternate hostess for the Women of Faith ministry.
I wasnít quite sure what an alternate hostess did, but I was anxious to learn. Most of the women had assigned tasks, namely ushering the speaker team to and from meals, to and from book signings, and sometimes to and from the hotel.
My assignment was less defined. For a type A, organized individual, this was a definite stretch for me! God was faithful and He taught me many things.
I did a lot of stair climbing, a lot of running here and there, delivering things to staff members, handing out radioís, checking in volunteers, and I had a blast doing all of it.
I was able to meet women from all over the surrounding area. I was blessed to work with godly women. We had time for prayer and fellowship during the breaks in the two day conference.
I was able to meet some of the women I have enjoyed hearing speak for many years. I had the opportunity to see the real women behind the speaker on the stage. And you know what? They are the same down to earth people backstage. They are just women and men like the rest of us.
I have already signed up to volunteer again next year. I really donít care where I am assigned. God always has something for in store for me each time I allow Him to use me where He needs me.
Talking and sharing with so many women in a weekend has been the highlight of my volunteer experiences. I am able to see God in action. Volunteering is the best thing a Christian can do for themselves.
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