The Jones 8 and our little entourage made our way back to Riverbend Church yesterday to kick off the diaper drive they are hosting for us this month. Man, it was great to be back! We are really looking forward to the day when we can make more regular Sunday morning appearances, but yesterday made it clear that we are not quite ready for that! It took four adult helpers (thank you, Stevie, Michelle, Tricia, and Avery!) to help get The Fab Five primped, prepped, stuffed, and buffed for their big appearance on stage! Imagine getting five babies bottled, changed, dressed, fed breakfast, calmed, and buckled into their car seats in a little less than an hour and then you can imagine why it took so much help…and oh yeah, me, Casey, and Eliot still had to manage to get ready at the same time..aaaaagggghhhh!! In spite of the chaos, the event went great – Riverbend is always so good to us! We skipped their morning naps, but the babies did not seem to notice (no meltdowns and no crying on stage!) and Eliot played the role of Superstar Big Sis better than ever!
We are so grateful to Riverbend Church and the generosity of the congregation for making this happen for us!! We are proud to be associated with a church home that puts its faith into action all across Austin and around the world. Here are some of the other outreach programs Riverbend and its members did during 2009……
- 10,000 meals served to the homeless and poor across Austin by Riverbenders, with a goal to more than double that 2010.
- 3,000 underprivileged children received Christmas gifts that might not otherwise have, thanks to the generosity of Riverbend’s congregation.
- Over 450 volunteers serve all across Austin in September. Riverbend’s 30/30 project (30 service projects in 30 days) touched the lives of thousands of Austinites.
- 8 trips to Reynosa Mexico by Riverbenders, helping our neighbors across the border who struggle with no running water or electricity.
- Teams of Riverbend volunteers provide meals, school supplies and encouragement to families, students and teachers in some of Austin’s most challenging public schools.
- Exploratory service and outreach trips to Guatemala, El Salvador, Uganda and Rwanda, as the Missions team researches a possible 3rd world serving opportunity where our people can use their time, talent and treasure to make a difference in this world.
Riverbend’s motto is this: We exist to allow others to experience God’s love and grace, both on our campus and off our campus, reaching out especially to those who are bruised, battered, broken, and bored, and are looking for help and searching for something more. We have been members of this church for seven years now and it has been so awesome to join this church community in living out its commitment to Christ’s principles. I never would have guessed that we would have a need to experience first-hand, but now I cannot imagine how we could have gotten along without it!
For more information on the diaper drive, click here: Riverbend Diaper Drive.