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This weekend I got lots of free stuff!

Free parking.

Free tote bag.

Free DVD.

Free lunches.

Free dinner.

Free housing.

Free conference admission.

Free advice from Henry Cloud and Shelia Walsh.

Free inspiration from Angie Smith and Nicole Johnson.

Free hugs from Natalie Grant and Lisa Harper.

Free quality time with girlfriends new and old.

All in return for helping  children become sponsored as a World Vision volunteer at the Women of Faith conference in Rochester.

Want free stuff??

Give your time for free!  Be a volunteer.  You never know what you might get in return.

Where do you give of yourself as a volunteer?  Were you ever surprised to receive more than you give?

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6 Responses to Free is My Favorite Word

  1. georgiegirl says:

    Just this fall I began volunteering at a local food pantry once each week. I help set up the area where food is distributed, organize foods into groups, and help with “traffic control” to keep the lines moving. I like being on the lookout for people (both new and returning) and watch as they become blessed by what’s available in a matter of minutes.
    One nice perk is that as a volunteer, I am urged to take whatever my family might need/want before the area is officially opened to the public. Many times I take enough to share with extended family and close friends. However, more beneficial than what I’m able to bring home with me is knowing that the small crowd of people I see each week are witnessing Christian faith in action: service!

    • cestarr says:

      Very cool! My mom volunteers at her local food pantry too. She loves it and is able to bring home what she needs also. She really enjoys blessing others and then she is blessed herself. Service is such a wonderfully powerful witness of our faith!

  2. M!ke McGinnis says:

    Oh man. Mugs, DVDs, about 7 shirts, 10 pens, 2 or 3 cd’s, a ton of free donuts, subs, sandwiches, and bbq, a movie screening, like 8 books. Hmm….yeah. All from 2 conferences. Oh and at least 2 or 3 drawstring bags…to hold all my stuff in.

  3. cestarr says:

    You are not going to need to shop for quite some time. You practically have a new wardrobe! And that’s just two conferences. Imagine all the stuff you’ll have by year’s end. They may need to upgrade you from tote bag to small truck. Thanks again for inspiring this awesome idea of conference volunteering. The benefits I gained far exceeded my expectations! I’m hooked.

  4. Angela says:

    Very cool! I heard that we should volunteer at the Revolve Tour together. Sounds like a plan to me!

  5. cestarr says:

    Yes, yes! This is my plan for us. Put March 3rd on your calendar. You and I are gonna have a blast! Oh and our girls too. =)

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