Monthly Archives: May 2017

Hope Given

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If we can tell the story of one and do it well, that one can represent everyone.

Because the only difference are the situations that make our lives unique. The trials are similar, any pain associates and crosses over to others.

And the solution has sameness…give hope!

The paradigm of hope is a contagion. Hope is life-changing and so powerful that all a person has to do is realize it’s possible.

Just believing in hope is sometimes enough to fight off a curse, or get through a season until hope finds it’s resting place in our hearts.

If we can do that week in and week out then here at the Dream Center then we can make a difference.

We are committed to make an impact and to make a difference in our city as we endeavor to inspire others to join us to make a better Longview and a better East Texas.

 

To date we:
* serve as a viable organization in fighting hunger
* partner with several organizations in our community
* host several community wide events annually
* provide programs that empower others
* provide 10,000 pieces free clothing monthly
* provide free computer classes
* donate countless dollars of free items
* have united nearly a hundred volunteers in East Texas

 

Many are asking what can we do?  Here is a few suggestions.
1. You can make a donation here on the home page.  Just click on the PayPal button or text to give!
2. You can become a food assistance partner by giving a regular monthly donation.
3. You can report to us any child or family that is suffering from hunger.
4. You can make a difference by joining a volunteer team.

 

Partner With US!!

P.S. If you would like to serve at the Dream Center just click the volunteer button at the top of  the home page.

 

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Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody

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Written by:  Thomas McDaniels

  Here at the Longview Dream Center our volunteers are soooo important!  We could never accomplish week in and week out the results we see without them.  Teamwork truly makes the dream-work!

Someone great said; that great servants impact the world and that is so true.  One of the issues of serving is that the servant often never realizes the impact they bring.

One of my favorite quotes is; serving requires no degrees, no accolades and no definable skills, only a willing heart.

We often miss the hidden power of contributing to others.  Contribution is the 6th greatest need in the life of human beings.  God knew that we have the need to give to others and not continually receive or take.

Contribution or contributing to others may be one of the greatest secrets of emotional, spiritual and philological health.   Psychologists tell us when we serve others we receive the value of something called a “helpers high.”

“Helpers High” occurs when we step up to serve and make a contribution to others.

When we serve our endorphin’s are released in our bodies and these endorphin’s enhance our mood, attitude, and emotional makeup.  Psychologists compare this to a runner’s high after running 3-5 miles or more.

The point is God created us knowing our greatest need is to serve rather than “be served.”

Let’s look at the benefits of serving.

  1. Serving others is God’s secret weapon of discovering your purpose

Serving is like eating your personal vegetables it is laced with hidden power and awesome unseen benefits.  Bernard Melzer wisely said; there is no better exercise for the heart than reaching down and helping others.

  1. What looks menial is often monumental

Serving is rarely convenient and often seems minimal.  God calls it entering the zone with the greatest.  Jesus looked menial but certainly was more.  A little boys lunch seemed menial yet fed over 5,000 people. Your serving seems menial but brings magnanimous results.

  1. Serving others opens the door to newness

When we choose to serve we position ourselves for change and newness. The choice to become a new volunteer in a church or an organization forces a shift in  your schedule and newness to people you encounter.  This results in developing new relationships.

 

A Little Parable

This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job.

Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that

Everybody wouldn’t do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did

what Anybody could have done.

Let’s decide we are that “somebody” who answers the call to SERVE!