The Gift of Presence reflection



“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.” 1 John 4:9

I love this time of year when we get to celebrate God’s amazing gift!

Out of His deep love for us, God gave His one and only Son and as Christians we know that through this gift we no longer have to fear death! It’s an eternal, life-changing gift and it’s free to all who believe! Hallelujah!

Although I feel excited to celebrate this God-given sacrifice, I also find myself struggling with the outpouring of material giving at this time of year. When I reflect, I wonder if present giving outweighs presence giving. As Christians, if we believe long-term, eternal impact happens through presence, do our behaviors support our beliefs?

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Grand Rapids Housing Commission Appreciation Award

12Volunteers In Service was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation on November 13 by the Grand Rapids Housing Commission for the work VIS does placing volunteers in the many different housing complexes in Grand Rapids.  The complexes include Mt. Mercy, Leonard Terrace, Hope Community, Ransom Towers, and Adams Park.  VIS is honored to work with the Grand Rapids Housing Commission, and we are thankful for all the many volunteers who give of their time to serve in these complexes.  

Pictured above is Bernita Tuingenga (second from left) and Debbie Jones (end on the right) accepting the award for VIS with some of the GR Housing Commission social workers with whom we work.

Welcome to Zjanee!

As a result of a gracious grant from Buist Electric in celebration of their 50th Year Anniversary, VIS was able to hire Zjanee (pronounced Sha neigh') Anderson part-time beginning Wednesday, Oct. 29.  Zjanee Anderson Resized

Zjanee is a graduate of the Calvin College Social Work (BSW) program and was recently employed with MOKA, a social service agency that works with cognitively impaired adults to improve their quality of life.  She was raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and met her husband while attending Calvin.  She and her husband live in Kentwood and attend Encounter CRC Church on Kalamzoo Ave.  

Zjanee brings to VIS great communication skills and a heart for people living on the margins.  We are excited to have her join the Connection Team at VIS and look forward to her helping us connect churches with people who are needing assistance, friendship and support.

As referrals and connection requests have increased in this past year, we thank Buist Electric for this grant and for their commitment to help VIS help churches and their volunteers reach out in the name of Christ.

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