Do you ever read the ZOE blog and think: "I care so much about all of these issues...but what do I do?"
Here are some ideas:
1. Don’t be afraid to let your heart be moved
Action always begins with the heart...that moment where you say to yourself "Someone needs to do something". We believe that God does that for us as a starting place. So feel it. And then share it with others. When someone carries a deep burden for the vulnerable, it tends to be contagious.
2. Build awareness and share your findings with others
Become the best educated person you know in this area. Read the ZOE blog and follow our links to great resources. There are "printables", project sheets and videos that you can use. Share what you are learning with others: your daughters and sons, your girlfriends, your husband, your mum. Leading by example is a great way to inspire your community.
3. Do something...even if it is small
Gather your community together! Be creative...the sky's the limit! Here are some examples:
- Hold a “Dinner In” – Host a potluck dinner, with each woman donating the cost of dinner out. At the dinner, share the story of ZOE Projects using the ZOE Video and Specific project sheet. Encourage women to donate even more than the cost of a dinner out.
- Host a “Theme Night” that reflects the culture of the current project
- Is it your birthday? Instead of receiving more "stuff" (that seriously, you probably don't need), ask your friends to give to vulnerable women through ZOE Projects
- Host an Auction, BBQ, car wash garage sale etc.
- If you are a student, ask to share ZOE in a class or coffee house setting.
- Use ZOE as an outreach component of your women’s church group or conference.
If you want your community to take action with you on this, bring them together and share from your heart. People innately yearn to be a part of something bigger.
4. Use Social Media
Social media is a great way to engage and educate people...particularly the "under 25" crowd. Follow ZOE on Twitter (@ZOEProjects). Like ZOE on Facebook and invite your network to as well. Subscribe to the ZOE blog and re-post things that you find interesting and challenging.
5. Challenge your community
Passion is often short-lived. It is easy to "like" something on Facebook and quite another to actually "do something"...so give people tangible opportunities to be involved. If you do this, they will be much more likely join forces with you. Set goals, financial and otherwise and then celebrate well when the goals are reached!
So. What do you think? If you have other ways that you know are helpful in inspiring your community to action, please share in our comments section below!