The group text message simply said, “I need coats for six kids.”
Within hours, women in “Loving Well” text groups at Southeast Christian Church’s Crestwood Campus had donated six gently-used coats in the right sizes and made plans to deliver them.
Those face-to-face times create understanding, friendship, time to pray and sometimes help. Some needs are far outside the ability of the women to solve, but they are not too big for prayer.
Loving Well is simply women helping women.
“These women on Loving Well texts have a heart for those who are vulnerable,” said Women’s Ministry Leader Susan Wilder. “They see needs and meet them when possible, but it’s all about relationships. It is ‘being the Branch’ to help others.”
“As God’s people, we are all called to be generous,” said Denny Dillman, Southeast’s benevolence pastor. “Loving Well is not a hotline for assistance. It is simply followers of Christ who encounter need organically, as God directs our lives, and engaging that need for the glory of the One who demonstrated His love for us, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Loving Well text groups began with a big request to provide emergency shelter for a mom and her children.
“I sent the request to 20 women I know who love Jesus and love to serve,” Wilder said.
Within a day those women began mobilizing to help the mom in crisis.
Jill Faust said it was amazing to watch it unfold.
“We get involved with these women because of Jesus. It’s a beautiful thing,” she said.
Loving Well has grown to more than 40 women on three text groups. Threads describe big and small needs—often things someone in the thread has on hand. And many times, when it’s something the women cannot do, they pray and wait to see how God works.
Jennifer DeVries organized the first Loving Well thread and named the group.
“It’s unbelievable what’s happening,” she said. “Women on these threads are loving well. As the body of Christ, we can work together to help others.”