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Intro to Christian Compassion Center

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ABBA-Connect-300x238Christian Compassion Center By Marcy Lytle  –  What if…all excess inventory that’s discarded by major retail outlets found its way into the homes of those in need, instead of atop a pile of junk at our area landfills? What if…local churches and faith-based ministries, who are keenly aware of those in need in our area, came together to relieve the distressed individuals in Austin? And what if…through these acts of kindness, the recipients of these gifts came to know the love of Christ? This is exactly the vision of the Christian Compassion Center (C3).  In fact, it’s already a reality.In January 2010, local Austin businessmen Mark Wiggins and Bob Smith started an initiative to supply material goods to Austin’s disadvantaged. Mark Shackelford, Managing Director of the C3, states, “Our hope and ongoing vision is to do whatever we can, in accordance to the Lord’s will, to accentuate the bringing together of the Body of Christ and to have a significant impact on relieving distress to individuals in Austin and beyond, and at the same time spread The Good News!”C3 delivered new carpet for a single woman whose house was flooded in the recent heavy downpours.  ”This woman was touched by the generosity that God had planned for her ahead of time as C3 had obtained the carpet just a day before the disaster,” states Mark.  Another awesome story is one of a local missionary who needed “everything” for a new baby.  C3, through HCBC Servants on Standby ministry, was able to give what the mom called “a baby shower from heaven.”Christian Compassion Center believes that “Austin is a city of mercy, peace, and refuge.” They have chosen to be a part of fulfilling this mission, through I John 3:17, “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”If you’d like to become involved in supporting C3, visit http://c3austin.org/. They also encourage any contact from retail stores that presently have no productive use for returned or outdated merchandise. “As stewards of the Lord, we ensure that these much needed resources are distributed to those in most need of assistance,” affirms Shackelford.  If you know of someone in need of help, please look at the many ministries listed on www.abbaconnect.net and www.abovegroundsaustin.org Christian Compassion Center.Making the “what if’s” become the real deals”!__________________________________________________________________________

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