I attended Oklahoma Christian University from 1997-2001. I majored in Public Relations/Advertising. I have used my degree zero times…at least officially. I have never had a job where I did PR work.
This past month, I have had an opportunity to stretch my PR wings. I am helping out with a benefit dinner. Let me tell you a little bit about it.
We have a sweet family who are members at our congregation. Chris, Rachel & Jackson. Jackson is an adorable 18 month old boy. Since he was about 3 months old, he has had an undiagnosed medical condition. He gets painful mouth ulcers that are usually accompanied by fevers. Medicine has been able to decrease the amounts of outbreaks and pain, but it hasn’t been able to make them go away completely, and doctors are still baffled.
If you met this family, you would probably not guess that this is going on. Jackson’s parent, Chris & Rachel have handled this situation with dignity and grace. They have patiently visited doctors and specialist, without the answers they are wanting. They sit by and watch their son suffer, and the only thing they can do is comfort him.
Later this month, they will be traveling to Philadelphia, to a Children’s Hospital, to have doctors run some more tests and evaluate Jackson. We are praying that they will be able to diagnose this problem, and more importantly, find a way to cure little Jackson.
A few friends of this family have gotten together to throw a benefit dinner and auction for this family. We can’t cure Jackson, we can’t take the pain away from him, but we can shower this family with love and support. All of the money raised at the dinner Saturday will go to help offset the costs of their trip & medical expenses.
This isn’t an original idea. You hear of special benefits going on all of the time to help out people, especially for medical expenses. When hard times hit, we as humans, need to “do” something. So, we pour out love in the form of spaghetti sauce and serve it up with slices of bread.
This is also a Biblical concept:
“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. From time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need”. Acts 4:32-35.
Whether or not the funds pass through the collection plate on Sunday morning, or it’s put into a donation box at a spaghetti dinner, people are being taken care of. After all, our possessions are not our own!!
If you’re in the area Saturday evening, need a good meal, and would like to help out one of the sweetest families you’ll ever meet, let me know! We have a ton of items that we’re auctioning off, in addition to the dinner. I think it’s going to be a wonderful evening!!!