Make a Difference, Love Local!

Do you ever wish you could do something? Yes, if you are like most of us you do. 1 Corinthians 12:27 says “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” Pastor Chris says we should be the hands and feet of Jesus. We know he is right, but how do we do that?


One of our small group leaders was facing the same dilemma. She wasn’t sure how to get involved or what to do. She said “I lead a women’s Bible study class on Thursday nights. We are studying about sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. We wanted to show His love in a tangible way.”

As she was looking for answers she went to the Faith Promise website and found the Love Local tab. She felt like God was prompting her to contact The Restoration House of East Tennessee.

The Restoration House is a nonprofit organization that helps restore single mothers and their children back to God’s good intent for their lives. Through supportive transitional housing, ally teams, and family advocacy, TRH walks alongside low-income single-mother families, helping them break harmful cycles and regain hope and a future.

When asked how she decided the best way to volunteer, she said, “I worked with Lori Haskell, Program Coordinator [for The Restoration House]. She made the project extremely easy from beginning to end. She gave me a few volunteer options. The one we chose was to create gift baskets for an annual retreat. The retreat was for moms, their allies, and female staff. Our class teamed up with another women’s Bible study class and put together twenty-four decorated gift baskets. We filled them with items like facial beauty masks, lotions, and treats. We also placed a little encouraging card on each basket.”

The Restoration House offered to take pictures of our ladies delivering the baskets, but they refused. The small group says that they don’t want to personally receive any credit. They did it to show the recipients that they are loved and welcomed at Faith Promise Church. In fact, the Faith Promise women don’t even want their names mentioned in this blog. They simply wanted to share their love of Christ. If you want to know more about the Restoration House of East Tennessee visit:

That’s their story. What is your story? Where will you serve? How will you be the hands and feet of Jesus? To learn about local opportunities, visit Love Local on the Faith Promise site:

This post was written by Teresa Sheppard.