Reach for Joy

We want everyone we serve to feel the love of Jesus.


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Reach for Joy is a community outreach ministry of High Sierra Fellowship.


Our goal is to address both physical and spiritual needs of those whom we serve.  We do this through outreaches.


Some outreaches are associated with holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Veterans Day and others.  Some have been done to honor veterans, law enforcement and other first responders.  Some happen just because we see a need.


For example we have helped provide for the needs of those displaced by the Tamarack fire and have helped them with some of their recovery issues.


Typically an outreach includes distribution of food or gift bags to those who need them.  We have also hosted free barbecues for the target recipients.


Most importantly each recipient also receives the gospel.



To all who have worked for or donated to this ministry,

 

Thank you so much for your contributions to Reach for Joy.  In all honesty, I don't think that you have any idea how many people you have helped.  So, I will gladly fill you in!!

 

In response to the Tamarack fire, R4J team members made repeated trips to both the shelter at the Douglas County Community Center & the one at Smith Valley High School.  Supervisors at both shelters would send us lists of items they needed & we supplied them. Pillows, blankets, towels, & personal hygiene items were among the many, many items we purchased.  Bibles were placed inside comforters and tracts went with the pillows.  At first, some of the Alpine volunteers working at the Douglas shelter were skeptical because we are a faith-based group; and we did make it very clear that we were there because of our love for Jesus.  But as we showed up day after day & served them, they visibly softened & we had some good witnessing opportunities.

 

When the people living in the trailer park at Holbrook Junction were allowed to return to their homes, R4J team members brought down milk, eggs, butter, fresh fruit & vegetables to replace what they had lost when the power was out for over a week.  They were so grateful and quite a few of them prayed with us as we thanked the Lord for sparing their homes.  As you can see, because of your support and labor, people have been able to receive practical help during a very difficult time AND it is quite clear that they are receiving it because of the love & grace of Jesus.

 

Next, we did our Just Because Jesus Loves You summer meal outreach.  We passed out over 500 family meals to people all over the community.  In addition to the needy neighborhoods we usually include, we went to an extremely destitute trailer park in Alpine County - to the people we had met at the Douglas shelter when they evacuated.  Again, we were able to pray with them & thank the Lord that they had homes to return to & to restock their perishables.  To be honest, some had barely any food at all.  Because of you, they received abundant provisions.  The best part of that day, in my humble opinion, was the birthday parties we came upon in the trailer parks.  We "just happened" to have quite a few cases of cupcakes with us - there were many delighted children, needless to say!!

 

Every single elderly person that received a pillow & blanket - everybody that received a bar of soap, a bottle of shampoo, a toothbrush - everyone that got to have a cupcake in celebration of a child's birthday - every bit of it was made possible because of your service, kindness and generosity.  The fire was devastating and some of these people were living in squalor to begin with, but you made it a little better.  You showed them that you care and that Jesus loves them above all.  Thank you.

 

Jesus said: "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me...  'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to the least of these my brothers, you did it to me'"  (Matthew 25:35-36, 40)

 

Coming up, we will be returning to the trailer parks with food, love & encouragement.  They are definitely noticing that it is Christians who keep showing up to help in their times of need.  In addition, we will be doing or Law Enforcement Appreciation outreach again in October.  Every deputy and dispatcher in Douglas county will be receiving a gift certificate for lunch from a local restaurant.  They do a wonderful job keeping our community safe and we want them to know that they are both appreciated and prayed for.

 

Thank you so much for blessing so, so many -

 

Kara Miller

R4J Team Leader