The Benefit of Local Partnership

Yesterday morning a neighbor and I drove down to the Hays County Sheriff’s “Brown Santa” warehouse. We were going to pick up presents to be delivered to families in our community who are in need. To our surprise, the only thing they had left was a trailer load of Christmas hams, and no one left to give them to.

So we took them.

It was awesome to know I could scroll quickly through my contact list to find cell phone numbers to guys like Alan Graham of Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Matthew Hansen who leads our Restore Austin efforts, David Avilla of SDG Austin in east Austin, as well as several other non-profits in our city making a difference. After making a couple calls and leaving a few messages (it was early), it took about 2 minutes to get a call back from David saying, “That’s perfect, we’re putting together Christmas Dinner packages today at noon for families in need at the Santa Rita projects right across the street”.

How cool. Several ANC Restore Communities (Community Groups) had already committed financially for the SDG Austin effort and I was proud to find out some were already planning on being there to help assemble and deliver the food.  All because of partnership.

In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:4-6

We can do so much more together than as individuals. Yesterday was a great reminder. For more info on ANC’s city partnership click HERE to go to the Restore Austin website.


About Brandon Hatmaker

Church Planter, Missional Strategist, Non-Profit Collaborator, and Author of "Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture". View all posts by Brandon Hatmaker

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