Good Samaritan Students on Spring Break
Mar16

Good Samaritan Students on Spring Break

In what has become known as the story of the “Good Samaritan,” one of Jesus’ most famous teachings found in the gospel of Luke 10:25-37, Jesus instructs his followers in the ways of sacrificial service, loving one’s neighbor, and caring for others who may not be able to care for themselves. The story in brief goes like this: a lawyer questions Jesus on the way to eternal life. In response, Jesus gives a parable about a Samaritan man who tends to the physical needs of a victim of an assaulted robbery. The Samaritan and victim couldn’t have been more different. Ethnic, cultural, and religious barriers should have made the two men mortal enemies. But seeing the victim’s need, the Samaritan had compassion on him and served the man, even paying for his medical expenses with his own money. However, before the Samaritan man’s arrival, two other passersby refused to help the beaten man, and turned a blind eye to his apparent needs. It’s a sad truth that still exists today. Many people, aware of the desperate needs of others, refuse to serve out of their own justification. Such is not the way of Jesus. The point of the story? Jesus’ answer to finding eternal life is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself” (see chapter 10, verse 27). The “Golden Rule” as this is called then, is not so much about “loving others as you would love yourself”, but rather “loving others as you love God”. So how can Christians continue to show love to both neighbor and enemy the way Jesus taught? Well if you are a young adult in Fort Wayne, you can join a community of twenty-something’s committed to being the literal hands and feet of Jesus by serving the marginalized and tangibly meeting the needs of some of the most culturally neglected people groups in our city. Unlike the two other travelers who refused to help the man in need, this young adult generation in Fort Wayne has resolved to put their faith into action and care for our poor and disenfranchised. Parker Crosby, a dynamic young leader and actuary by trade, has organized a Good Samaritan effort for local college students to serve the community on their spring break. For many young people at our area universities, spring break means a carefree week away from school. In an attempt to redeem that time off and create meaningful partnerships among young adult ministries, Parker has put together a week of...

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LaBella Flora Puts The ‘Girl’ In Girly
Feb11

LaBella Flora Puts The ‘Girl’ In Girly

Little girls, little girls…anybody who either has one or was one knows how special they are. Some are soft and sweet, some are smart and naughty. Some are playful and carefree, yet others are thoughtful and shy. For more than 10 years, there has been a place to adorn these unique little princesses with clothing as precious and special as they are. This place is LaBella Flora Children’s Boutique. You may not have heard of LaBella Flora, they’ve been quietly running their mostly online business out of a quaint but chic little building on a country road in Auburn. But, there is something big going on behind the doors of that building. I had the pleasure of meeting Tisha Kruse, LaBella Flora’s Director of Marketing. She explained their beginning, “LaBella Flora started for the purpose of giving back.” Owner, LaDonna Felke is a strong advocate of adoption, and it was her love for children and the hope of saving those in need that turned LaBella Flora into what it is today. They donate 3% of their gross sales directly to orphanages around the world. By giving to these organizations, children are able to experience a family. In some cases, even children who would not otherwise be adopted find loving homes and people to care for them. Their giving doesn’t stop at donations either. LaDonna frequently travels to these locations and has adopted children of her own. In fact, LaBella Flora (meaning ‘beautiful flower’) is named after their youngest daughter, Savannah Flora. The details of their generosity and passion for the cause run deep. You can learn much more about how LaBella Flora gives back regularly by visiting this page on their website. Although locally LaBella Flora is a hidden gem, online they are continuously growing and becoming known for their long list of designers as well as customer service that is absolutely second-to-none. Just read a few of their testimonials and it will be hard to argue with the countless rave reviews from loyal customers nationally and internationally. Their list of designers is lengthy. But, you’ll find the trendiest styles from brands like Persnickety, Giggle Moon, Mustard Pie, Ooh La La and Mae Li Rose. Customers flock to LaBella Flora’s website for occasions like weddings, holidays, graduations, baptisms, even father/daughter dances. Even their swimsuits are in season with some at low sale prices. As LaBella Flora continued to grow, it became clear that their local market was missing out. So, within the past year they have opened their showroom to the public. Everything in the showroom is for sale. And, customers can pre-shop online and come into the store to pick...

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