Opportunities Abound For Those Seeking Volunteer Roles With Christian Organizations

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Volunteer work should be seen as a hallmark of every good Christian’s character. Those who want to live a life in God’s good graces should feel compelled to help out their brothers and sisters around them. The next question then is how to get involved with a volunteer effort, as it’s often one of the only ways to accomplish the goodwill work that needs to be addressed in this world. Fortunately, there is no shortage of organizations with plenty of volunteers in their ranks. Todd Shupe, a former LSU professor who has spent many man-hours helping out the less fortunate, says it’s easy to find such groups if you know who to look for. That’s because Todd Shupe has worked with Grace Camp, Baton Rouge Christian Life Magazine, St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church and more. While with these groups, he helped teach the children of incarcerated parents how to swim, ministered to the homeless in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area and assisted with internal church functions. With such experience, Todd Shupe would like to offer advice for finding the group that’s the right fit for you.

 

The service: There’s no shortage of need in this country. From general social services roles where volunteers will make home or site visits to work with clients or more  specialized tasks for those with a teaching background, there’s plenty of chances to get involved. Medical professionals can start their volunteer work by working events such as Adopt-a-Senior on holidays or the opportunity to help out in an orphanage, the highly-specialized skills here are always in demand.

 

The sector: From your local church group to international missions, the type and duration of your visit is up to you. When searching for volunteer opportunities, it’s important to state to the organization running the effort what you’re comfortable with and capable of. Some commitments will require no relocation and come in the form of a comforting phone call to those in distress while others are going to have you in for the long haul.
The state: No matter where you are located in the U.S., there’s an organization carrying out selfless volunteer work. By visiting www.christianvolunteering.org, Todd Shupe says you’ll be able to find the right fit for you. The search for a local Christian volunteer organization can be broken down by country, state, metro area denomination and more. For those in the Louisiana area like Todd Shupe, a number of hospice, youth care and pregnancy resources are available to serve as a conduit between your volunteering and helping to make  the word a better place.

Todd Shupe’s Take On Prayer: Approach With Confidence And Thanksgiving

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Prayer is an essential component to our relationship with God. We offer prayers for those who are sick or in need of help and prayers of thanksgiving for our blessings. Prayer is also a time for us to be quiet and listen for the gentle voice of God. The Psalmist tells us in Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” Todd Shupe has decided to focus on this scripture while waiting for God’s gentle whisper.

“Even if I don’t hear a response to my prayer, I still come away with peace and comfort knowing that God is God and He loves me more than I can begin to understand,” says former LSU professor and faith-based volunteer Todd Shupe. “This gives me a peace that transcends all understanding and prepares me to hopefully be a better witness and brother today than I was yesterday.”

According to Todd Shupe, it is important for us to approach prayer in the right manner.  The Bible tells us what to pray — “The Lord’s Prayer” (Matthew 6:9-13) — and also how to pray: “In your room,” (Matthew 6:6).  However, it does not necessarily tell us how to prepare for prayer.

Todd Shupe, a former professor at LSU, feels that too many Christians approach prayer in one of two ways. First, many come to God in fear and doubt. We know that God can do what we are asking — but are fearful that He will not do it as we want or when we want.

“The second group of Christians I refer to as the ‘Santa Claus Christians.’ They think that if they are good all year then when they make a prayer request to God that He is “obligated” to do as asked. In both cases, resentment can develop if God does not provide what is asked and when it is asked,” says Todd Shupe, a former LSU professor.

According to Todd Shupe, it is important at this point to note that we follow God. God does not follow us and this fact provides the opportunity to tell the story of God leading His people in Exodus 13:21-22. “By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.”

“I encourage you to approach prayer with confidence and thanksgiving that God already knows what you need and is already at work in delivering it to you,” says Todd Shupe. “Also, what He provides will likely not be what you requested. Instead, it will be better and it will be a holy blessing upon you. God loves you more than you can ever understand.”

He will most certainly listen and respond to your prayers. We must be open to His response and accept it with gladness and thanksgiving because any gift from God is precious and holy — as was His son.

Todd Shupe Shares His Thoughts on Fear

Fear is a common emotion that we all periodically encounter. Todd Shupe believes that fear can be a good thing because it can keep us from participating in dangerous activities. However, fear can also become overwhelming and unhealthy to the point that some people are so consumed with fear that they cannot leave their house or struggle with simple tasks such as going to the grocery store.

When going through major life-changing events it is natural to experience fear and anxiety. We trust in God, yet we want to know exactly what is going to happen so we want to “peek behind the curtain.” The Bible uses various phrases on 365 occasions to tell us not to fear — one for every day of the year! According to Todd Shupe, Satan is using fear every day to attempt to rob you of a joyful life. A key component of being a follower of Christ is to leave your fear, burdens and anxiety at the foot of the cross and embrace the many blessings that God has promised you.  Todd Shupe, an LSU professor, has had to daily give his fears to God because his flesh wants to take them back.

Below are five of Todd Shupe’s favorite scriptures dealing with fear.

Isaiah 35:4 – “Say to those with fearful hearts, ‘Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.’”

Joshua 1:9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord, your God, will be with you wherever you go.”

Matthew 6:34 – “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Psalm 23:4 – “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Psalm 27:1 – “The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?”

So, go and live your life to the fullest! Go with the peace that surpasses all understanding with the knowledge that our God walks with you and will protect you. Strap on the armor of God and do not be fearful. Be bold and courageous. Be blessed!