Thoughts Between Sundays

Some of what crosses my mind between Sundays

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More Junk for Jesus!

And now, in her own words, here is what really happened to the disposable paper scrub pants:

I’ve had a large response from the Junk for Jesus blog. Suggestions have been interesting: kites for the children, sandbags for building walls, banners, collection bags for rainwater off the roof, etc. But in real life, here is what we have been doing.
1. The people who work in the yard and on the generator have figured out that they can slip a pair of pants over their jeans and not get oil on their jeans.
2. (This is the best solution). We got yet another shipment from Food for the Poor, and this time it really was food. We took a XXXXXL pair of pants, tied a knot in the waist, turned the pants upside down, and filled the pants with canned and boxed food, filling them through the legs. Then we tied the ends of the legs together and made a very handy carrying bag (pant?) full of food. We passed the food out to folks who came to the clinic. The recipients were delighted; one person even made up some symptoms when she heard we were giving out food. Now, we only have about 11,000 pairs of paper disposable surgical pants!

Pants as grocery bags – -who would have imagined!

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I still need to get to the post office and mail boxes to the winners — they will get out soon!  It was fun to put them together.

Coming soon to this blog near you:  adventures of the Associate Pastor while the head of staff is on sabbatical… Pentecost is Sunday — I LOVE Pentecost.  Fire, the Holy Spirit, visions, dreams, and a birthday party!



And the award goes to….

Read the Junk for Jesus post here to see the first ever contest on this blog – -what would you do with 15,000 pairs of unasked for pairs of oversized paper surgical scrub pants.

There were 2 comments and so 2 winners!  In the particular order of who commented first, the winners are…….

fizmarie (the daughter of John and Suzi Parker) who proposed: Surely there’s some group from the US coming down to do a VBS that could use them to draw murals on to hang in the hospital rooms. Or better yet, thank you notes to whoever sent them down there in the first place.


ruth- Renew interest in “pantsing” as a sport. Paper pants will assist in training exercises.

– Pants-shaped kites for children

– Pre-cut disposable napkins

– Wallpaper. Like Japanese paper wallpaper. Only… different.

Each of you win a box of fabulous Junk for Jesus from our Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries, and some Junk for Jesus from my office closet — including but not limited to random yarn that will not become prayer shawls and tea lights leftover from the Advent Service of Hope and Healing.  I’m not sending you any of the sand I found (ruth, I need your mailing address).

On a more serious note, this has made me wonder about why we have a hard time letting go or throwing away things that we know we cannot use or that cannot be of use to others.  Yet, we cling to them “just in case” or for “someday.” In extreme cases we send them places where they become someone else’s problem.

So, before you add something to the “send to Haiti” pile (or really, to the give away pile” ask yourself these really good questions:

1. Has someone asked for this?
2. Is this something that is needed where I am sending it?
3. Does anyone know how to use what I am sending?
4. Is the technology appropriate for where I am sending it?
5. Can it be disposed of when it is no longer usable?
6. Does anyone in the country know how to maintain or repair this when it breaks? Because it will.

If the answers are no, maybe it is time to recycle instead.