yes, stuffing envelopes is considered Ministry too.
About twenty minutes away is a learning center for children with Autism where I volunteer at the front desk on Wednesdays.
The job consists of answering phones, opening the front door, and greeting visitors, but that doesn’t keep them from celebrating every time I come in and referring to me as their “hero.”
This actually has very little to do with how awesome I am, but is all about my approach to the volunteer ministry.
Now I am aware that not many people have time to give towards volunteering (it’s an exhausting ministry) but I also believe it’s one of the greatest ways we can reach the lost in our community. If the Lord does allow you to get involved there is one very important thing to remember.
It must be done with excellence
There are many different tips on how to volunteer with excellence, but here are a few of my favorites
1. Be Cheerful-you would be AMAZED how powerful saying “good morning” with a smile on your face can be
2. Be Professional-Take the volunteering position seriously, as if it was a real job
3. Be Awesome-Doing the smallest job in a well organized and detailed manner will have them celebrating when you arrive
Allow me to illustrate these using an experience from last Wednesday with one of the teachers named Lizzie.
9:00-Lizzie asks me to measure and cut thirty strips of velcro (not very exciting)
9:20-After finding the strips cut and stacked in piles of ten, Lizzie spends the next fifteen minutes acting as if I climbed Mt Everest
11:00-Lizzie asks me to cut out pictures, glue them on a piece of paper, cut the pictures out again after being laminated, and stick Velcro on the back
11:15-Another one of the teachers Cindy hands me one more page of pictures that needs to go through the process
11:30-Lizzie comes out and after calling me her hero hands over three more pages of pictures of laminate.
The thing is I wasn’t doing superhuman work (it doesn’t take a genius to laminate and cut), what amazes the teachers is how much is put into a job I’m never going to be paid for.
There are many reasons for us to volunteer locally, but one of the most important is it allows people to see Christ in us.
Even if we are just laminating