Oranges and Cookies and Rides, Oh My!!

Me and Barry

Me and Barry

So Saturday morning was a busy one for Sacred Sparks Ministry. First things first, Starr and I went to the Shelby Dog Park so she could blow off some puppy steam and meet some new friends.  Next we took some fresh and yummy Satsuma oranges (thank you Kathy & Bill Dobbins!!) and cookies (thank your Brittany and Rory!!) to our friends James and Brandi. Then we traveled over to the Green Street camp and delivered the rest of the oranges and cookies to that community who were so thankful for the fresh fruit and sweet treats.  At Green Street I met a new friend, Barry (see pic above) who needed a ride down to the main campus of Room in the Inn. It was a joy to get to know him on the short ride downtown. Finally, it was back home to clean up a dirty pup who really enjoyed her time rolling around at the park and helping her friends in the homeless community.  God is good all the time!!!  May your day be filled with love…

Shalom U’vracha,

Lisa

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Blessing Boxes Deliver Christmas Cheer

Blessing Boxes for Friends

Starr checking out the blessing boxes Blessing Boxes for Friends

Sacred Sparks Ministry hit the road this Christmas Eve morning to spread a little Christmas cheer to our friends on the streets.  We had 30 blessing boxes filled with treats and a few necessities like socks and hand warmers, a Christmas card made by folks at Brenthaven CP Church during the Advent celebration and Sunday school classes, and we also gave out prayers and hugs freely as needed.  Delores was sitting by herself on Church street by a Jiffy Lube, she was glad for the blessing box and an extra coat to keep her legs warm instead of the plastic bag she was using.  Many friends at the downtown library park had smiles on their faces as they followed Starr to the trunk of the car to get their blessing box and a coat if needed.  Starr and I finished up by making sure our friends James and Brandi have enough kerosene to get them through the cold spell that is coming in tonight. May God keep watch over all these precious people and to God be the glory for the little bit of cheer that was given out this day!  Merry Christmas everybody from Sacred Sparks Ministry!!

With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love  — Ephesians 4:2

Shalom U’vracha,

Lisa Cook

Sturgis CP Church Family Welcomes Sacred Sparks Ministry

Lisa Cook with Rev Victor and Samantha Hassell

Lisa Cook with Rev Victor and Samantha Hassell

It all started in November with a text from Samantha Hassell, Director of Christian Education at Sturgis Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Sturgis, KY.  Samantha is a friend, and had noticed from Facebook posts that Sacred Sparks is collecting blankets and warm clothing for the homeless.  She thought Sturgis CP might want to help by doing a blanket/warm clothing drive. So Samantha organized the collection efforts and then invited me to drive up on December 18th to enjoy their children’s Christmas program, and to receive the gifts they had to offer to this ministry. On the day I was to drive up, I got another text from Samantha asking how big my car was…I knew then that Sacred Sparks was about to be blessed by this generous church family with a heart for the homeless!! The offering of 46 blankets, 142 pairs of socks, 10 coats, 63 pieces of warm clothing, 3 emergency blankets, a pillow, a sleeping bag, and the cash donations are evidence that Sturgis meant business!! As you can see from the pictures, there was only room for a driver coming home!!

Sturgis CP 12-18-13 Passenger seat full Sturgis CP 12-18-13 Back seat full Sturgis CP 12-18-13 Trunk full

Thanks so much to this wonderful church family and to Rev Victor and Samantha.  The friends that Sacred Sparks ministers to, over 2 1/2 miles away, that you will likely never meet, will be forever blessed by your outpouring of love!

“Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus”  Philippians 2:4-5

Shalom U’vracha,

Lisa

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Partners In Ministry: Introducing Starr of David

Partners in Ministry

So I always knew a dog would be a part of my ministry, even before God revealed to me what my ministry would look like.  So, this past Saturday, I made a trip to Huntsville AL and picked up my new partner in ministry.  Her name is Starr of David.  She came with the name Starr. She is a rescue who has been fostered at a vet in Huntsville for most of her approx. 8-11 months on this earth. I added the “David” as a tribute to my good friend David Quam. David was used by God to introduce me to the homeless community in preparation for my unique call as a street chaplain. David died in May, but will always be remembered by the many whose lives he touched.  I am sure he is smiling as he watches Starr watch over me as we minister to the sacred sparks inside our friends on the streets of Nashville.

Shout out to Chase Animal Hospital in Huntsville for taking care of her until God hooked us up 🙂

Check back often to see how Starr is doing in her new role!!

Shalom U’vracha,

Lisa Cook & Starr

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