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.



Thank you so much for your support for Reach for Joy!!  Our last two outreaches have been the largest we have ever done.  Well over 4000 people received a touch from Jesus & we pray that many may have made a decision for Christ. 


The Valentine's outreach went far & wide.  Not only did volunteers with Reach for joy deliver flowers and candy to the numerous organizations that we usually cover as well as to countless individuals, but secular organizations delivered them for us also.  Flowers and candy were delivered by Meals on Wheels, by volunteers with the Sheriff's Department, and the Carson Valley Medical center administrative staff who also distributed to the local urgent care centers for us.  The Senior Center passed out of 325 at their Valentine's lunch and three different assisted living centers passed out over 200.  A tract beautifully, boldly declaring the Gospel message went out with every vase of flowers and box of candy.  In all honesty, the degree of community involvement and the fact that unbelievers are taking a very large, active role in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ is astounding.  God's hand and favor are very evident in this ministry.  The Lord's leading is also extremely obvious.  In this outreach, we found many who had felt forgotten.  A repeated refrain from numerous widows and many many lonely people was, "I never thought I would get a Valentine again."  In His kindness and in His grace, the Lord made sure they did; and all of us are very blessed to have been made a small part of it.  Thank you for making it possible.


The Easter outreach was a 3-part endeavor.  Because our first attempt at a roadside outreach was such a success on Valentine/s Day, we did it again.  This time volunteers passed out boxes of Girl Scout cookies and invitations to church just as we had done with the flowers and candy.  Standing on the side of 395, waving and giving stuff away DOES, in fact, grab people's attention.  We were able to have a lot of very meaningful conversations with people we wouldn't have been in contact with otherwise.  The repeated question was "Why are you all doing this?"  The answer every time was, "Because we love Jesus and want to share with you...".  We gave away cards and tracts to everyone as well as many copies of the Gospel of John.  Because it was different and unexpected, people were extremely receptive.  In addition, we delivered food to 4 very low-income areas - milk, eggs, fruit, meat, tortillas, cheese & a box of cookies.  The third part was 900 Easter boxes which were delivered all over the county and included an invitation to church, jellybeans with the Gospel message on the package, a "Jesus loves you" imprinted stuffed animal, and the obligatory chocolate bunny.  It was a true blessing to see so many invite their neighbors and friends to church using this simple method.


As you can see, the Lord is leading us to try different things and to reach more and more people.  He continues to open unexpected doors.  Thank you for being such a vital part of this ministry.  Without your financial and prayer support, none of this would be possible.   But because of you, people all over our community are finding out about the love of Jesus and His sacrifice on our behalf.  Our next outreach is the Veterans Appreciation BBQ on Saturday, May 28th.  Please pray that Jesus is honored and glorified at this event and that many more come to know Him.  Thank you!


Kara Miller 

Reach for Joy Team Leader

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

 

Thank you so very much for your amazing generosity to Reach for Joy!  

 

It's been a very busy productive year for our ministry and the true blessing is that we have been able to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with literally thousands of people in many different areas.  Those  we have reached include fire victims, law enforcement personnel, emergency dispatchers, active duty military personnel as well as veterans, shut ins & the elderly, people struggling with drug & alcohol addictions, pregnant women choosing to have their babies, patients in hospitals, children in foster care and in single-parent homes, and many living in poverty.  The Lord has opened so many doors that we never expected.  It is common place now for secular organizations to both requests our help and then to also help us pass out Gospel tracts.  Because of your donations, we have not had to say no to any legitimate needs.

 

The recently completed Christmas outreach was massive.  Almost 1100 food bags containing meat and fresh items were distributed in addition to 400 gift bags.  Geographically, we sent bags as far as Dayton, Yerington, South Lake Tahoe, Markleeville and all over Douglas county.  Recipients included Life Choices, City of Refuge, China Springs, Spirit of Hope, Austin's House, The Chateau Assisted Living residents as well as staff, Gardnerville Rehab residents and staff, the Carson-Tahoe Cancer Center, 3 local public schools, residents of 5 trailer parks, and hundreds of other individuals.

 

Quite simply, our God did incredible things and we continue to hear the stories.  One of my favorites  occurred in Dayton where a veterans group had met to pray for healing from their wounds (physical, PTSD, emotional, mental, etc.) on the night of the outreach.  A man with no connection to R4J heard what we were doing and got bags from Ashley, our Dayton team leader.  Men and women hurt in service to our country received a real, practical touch from Jesus as they met to call out to Him.  The evangelistic Christmas card in the bags began, "One night, love came down..." And it did.

 

In a very different way, the Lord showed us the importance and urgency of the R4J ministry.  A team went to the Sierra Pines trailer park that Saturday and distributed food bags to everyone.  Tragically, a man was shot & killed there the following Thursday.  We don't know if he was a believer or not, but we do know that the Gospel was placed in his hands just days before his death.  Our Lord keeps reaching out.

 

Please be in prayer for our efforts during the coming year as we have very ambitious goals to reach countless people for Christ.  Our Valentine's outreach is up next.  Last year we passed out 1800 vases of flowers and candy with great emphasis on those hospitalized and people who were isolated.  We are hoping to at least match that this year even as it is a little more difficult to get materials.  The Lord abundantly provided at Christmas despite shortages, and we are praying He will do it again.  There are also more very low-income trailer parks in our area that we are eager to start ministering to.  As Jesus opens your eyes to people that are in need, we have complete trust and faith that He will provide the resources.  

 

Thank you for being such a vital part of Reach for Joy.

 

Kara Miller

Team Leader, REACH FOR JOY

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