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Virtual Connections, Episode 5

“And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.” (Matthew 10:42)

What role does gratitude play in your life? Are you someone who says “THANK YOU” often and easily? Are you full of gratitude? Small acts of gratitude have a way of making a large impact.

I am so encouraged by the creativity and generosity of King Road members. A few weeks ago, a family had an idea to bless the workers of Abbotsford Regional Hospital during this pandemic. We all know that those who work in the hospital are on the front lines; they are putting themselves at risk to help others. And sometimes the best thing to do is to say THANKS.

So, a plan was put into place after consulting with the missions committee. The arrangements were made, and this past Friday, all ARH workers were offered a $5 discount on their Starbucks purchase. At the end of the day, over 300 employees were blessed through this endeavour. I hope and pray that other creative ideas will arise and be put into practice during this pandemic. I think we as a congregation have a lot to offer our community. Does anyone have any ideas? Let us know!

But you know what truly encouraged me? The fact that several employees went out of their way to contact King Road (via phone calls, emails, and on social media) to express their gratitude. Here are just a few samples:

“I just wanted to take time to thank King Road Church for your thoughtfulness today! It was so kind of you to support the health care workers at ARH with the Starbucks drinks today. God Bless you for this act of kindness!”

“I wanted to send my gratitude for the unexpected and much appreciated gift of coffee this morning. Work is more difficult these days and the appreciation from community helps me maintain my motivation.  Thank you very much and may God bless you all. Keep well.”

“Thank you @kingroadchurch for the generous donation. I appreciated the surprise today!”

Friends, let’s not underestimate the opportunity a simple act of service has to impact others. My prayer continues to be that we may point people to Jesus during this time. Jesus is the reason we have hope! And our community needs that hope as well!

Let’s commit to living purposeful, thankful lives during this time. And don’t forget about King Road’s Thankfulness Journal – download it here!

With gratitude,

Pastor Leonard

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