Saddleback Church is an amazing global organization lead by Pastor Rick Warren.
Where most religious groups talk about the stories of Jesus Christ, Saddleback Church actually embodies it to the best of the congregation’s human abilities.
Can’t feed your family?
Go to their Food Pantry.
Can’t afford to get your vehicle fixed so you can get to work?
They have a ministry to help you.
Medical too expensive? Can’t afford dental?
I personally have availed of their services in time of need when the pain brought me to tears.
Found yourself in a money-making or pain-relieving lifestyle that you can’t get out of alone?
There are ministries full of volunteers ready and waiting to help as best they know how.
Counselling, small groups, reading/listening/visual materials, dating events, conferences of all sorts, resources for parents, divorcees and the homeless and the downtrodden…you name it they are either working on it or are willing to discuss how to set up a ministry to help.
Is your health an issue?
Rick Warren has been known to gather religious leaders of multiple faiths and bring them together on one stage to discuss the health struggles most humans face today; christian/jewish/muslim…all together united in hope, peace, love…understanding of one another’s similarities and appreciation of one another’s differences all at the same time .
Leaving religion aside…
Forgetting for a moment that their actions have anything to do with a prophet/son of god/heaven/hell/cross/easter bunny or santa clause…
Just looking at actions alone:
It would be pretty cool if people all over the world were able to help one another to this extent; leave personal or spiritual or social judgements aside and just work toward making one another’s lives a bit more peaceful and easier to manage and live through.
My parents are leaders at Saddleback Church. They head the Human Trafficking division that helps bring children, women and men out of a lifestyle that is destroying them. I have watched them clothe, feed, provide toiletries and even a safe place to be while they re-skill and re-locate.
Rick Warren has not just built a church…but an entire global community.
Not all of his congregational members agree with his ONE LOVE attitude and he has been shamed and has been hurt in more ways than he can probably count. This has never stopped his unconditional love and devotion.
Personally, my views on organized religion and exclusive behaviour for which all religious beliefs appear to stand for leave me with a faecal-esc taste in my mouth. However, if I could replicate the love and the balls-to-the-wall humanitarian works that Rick Warren and the Saddleback Global Community display…well, I could see the world being just a bit more liveable.
Imagine a world where discrimination is based on merit and effort and compassion…not on self-righteous judgements that lead to destruction, pain, shame, blame and all those lovely negatives that tear our world apart as each moment passes in time.
Another organization I believe goes above and beyond is Project Cuddle. Project Cuddle is based out of Costa Mesa California and is one of those non-profits that I wish I could copy and paste all over the world.
Helping babies find loving and capable parents is far from being the only thing Project Cuddle and its many tireless volunteers accomplish on a daily basis. When a mother of any age, race, culture or creed calls Project Cuddle they are met with open arms and willing hearts to help them through possibly one of the toughest decisions they may ever have to make. Project Cuddle has helped to prevent over 700+ babies from being abandoned or thrown into a broken social system. Beautiful organization; beautiful people.
Also, Saint Vincent De Paul Organization in Ireland that go so far as to go to your home and provide you with food vouchers and Christmas gifts for your children when you feel so low and are physically unable.
Girl Guides, Scouts, Big Brother Big Sister…
All need volunteers (wink wink, nudge nudge). Supplies, time, leaders, help in their administration offices...you name it, they could use it.