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Providing Small Scale Charitable Work

Part of our society is based upon the belief that as a culture, we have a certain obligation to work towards the betterment of our people and those around us. Charities and goodwill organizations work tirelessly to bring any type of aid, whether it is monetary, medicinal, or emotional to millions of people around the country and the world. Unfortunately, not all of us have the power to extend our reach that far, but there are other ways to help local communities.

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Volunteers of local shelters, food shelves, and outreach programs have learned the benefit of local charities and the effort that workers put in every day. Any large town or urban population will have some amount of homeless citizens or those without enough income to buy food and groceries. By donating time to organizations that help by providing beds or food to any number of those who need it, volunteers have a direct and immediate impact on the community.

Other ways to help improve the lives of others may seem small but can have a dramatic impact on the lives of many. Examples include Pastor John Wagner of Texas, who leads the Turning Point Community Church in Lubbock. Pastor John Wagner and his group travel around the state and country to donate time and supplies in any they can. They have brought bottled water to the thirsty in extreme heat and quarters to Laundromats in poor neighborhoods. While the gestures may be smaller than that of large charitable organizations, the effects are felt immediately by anyone who needs assistance.

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Of course, many people want to help others but may not have the time or money to contribute. If financial concerns are preventing charitable work, donate time by working with existing groups that aim to improve lives. If time is a commodity, any monetary donation, regardless of the size, will help any charity. For more information, contact local charitable groups and ask what can be done to improve local communities.


Pastor John Wagner

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Pastor John Wagner attended Golden State University in Los Angeles, California, where he earned his undergraduate degree in general education. From there, Pastor Wagner went to Honolulu University in Hawaii, where he obtained a Master of Arts in Theology and Religion.

He went on to complete his pastoral ministry studies in Essex Fells, New Jersey, at Northeastern Bible College, and in 1987, he became the Youth Pastor in Sayreville, New Jersey, at Faith Fellowship Ministries World Outreach Center.

Pastor Wagner has ministered to congregations all over the world – Italy, Germany, the Caribbean, Austria, and South Africa. This is in addition to the thousands of worshipers he has ministered to in the United States. He is now the minister at Turning Point Community Church in Lubbock, Texas.

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Recently, Pastor John Wagner has been commended for his community service projects. He has been doing little things to help out around Lubbock, such as handing out free bottles of water on a hot day, and even giving people quarters at a local Laundromat so people can do their laundry for free.

These local projects have helped almost 10,000 in the Lubbock community. The Pastor’s goal is to put a smile on people’s faces.

Although such projects help to make Lubbock a better place, Pastor John Wagner‘s help isn’t just local. He and his congregation have also reached out to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The Turning Point Community Church is also working to help developing countries get clean drinking water, through their nonprofit organization, Charity Water. One project of this organization takes place in a small, remote village in India, where they are building a well that will enable the village of 250 to have clean water for the first time.

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Charity Water also works to provide clean water to schools and medical clinics in poor areas around the world.

Pastor John Wagner Shows Love toward People in Need in Lubbock and Beyond

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When you reflect on your life, the people you remember and value the most are likely those who sacrificed to give you something. These may include a mother who gave you her time, money and energy to meet your daily needs. They may include a teacher who took time out of his busy schedule to go over those tricky math problems, or maybe the person you recall is a friend who loaned you some money – or at least loaned you his couch for a while – when you were going through hard times. Pastor John Wagner in Texas is that kind of person – the type who makes sacrifices to add value to the lives of people in the Lone Star State and in other areas of the country.

The individuals whom he has helped indeed may consider him a star, as his bright idea to help the community has impacted thousands of people right in Lubbock, Texas, where his church is located. The church is Turning Point Community Church, and Pastor John Wagner and his congregation there are no stranger to helping strangers. For them, the Lubbock community is an area ripe for experiencing acts of kindness that show how much God loves the people there.

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For instance, from handing out bottles of water to giving out coins to Laundromat customers or even handing out snow cones on a hot July day, Pastor John Wagner and his team have demonstrated that small favors can make a big difference in people’s lives. One of his most recent events actually impacted a whopping 500 people in less than half an hour – an event that he calls “an outreach burst.”

This burst of energy is going beyond the limits of Lubbock to other areas of the United States, too. For instance, Pastor John Wagner and his church helped people in New York and in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy struck the region in October 2012. Pastor John Wagner and his church members essentially are “Good Samaritans” to those who may be experiencing tough roads in life, whether those tough roads include a hot day in Texas or a stormy day in New York.

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