the $100 Challenges:


Food Distribution

by Aubrey Smith


When John Chadsey made the hundred dollar challenge in 2006, I took the U S Grant bill and began looking for an organization that would use the cash to do some good.  For weeks I hoped and prayed unsuccessfully to find such an organization. To get others to have a challenge that would cause them to pray also, I gave out three hundred dollars: one to my son who helped at an unwed mother's home, one to my daughter who became involved with a local food bank, and one to a confirmand whom I was mentoring who helped a blind boy with his problem.  Still I had not found anywhere to use my hundred dollars.


The Sunday before I was to tell in the next Sunday's service the outcome of my challenge, my prayers were answered.  I learned that our food distribution group could no longer operate because we could not receive government food, which was going to victims of Hurricane Katrina which had devastated the Gulf coast.  


That day I went to the Warrenton Safeway store and got on their calendar for three days in the next week to collect food from their customers.  Then with a number of my friends who volunteered we handed out flyers to customers who donated more than a ton of food and over $800.00.  I was relieved that I would have something positive to report at next Sunday's service.


Since that day in 2006, volunteers have handed out flyers at Safeway or Giant every month.  In twelve years- 144 months- they have collected over 120 tons of food and more than $8,000.00 in cash and gift cards, which have gone to needy people in Fauquier County.    

orange county nursing home

by Gene Harwell

It was early 2006 when Pastor John Chadsey asked people to come forward, accept $100, and put it to work helping the community.  I don’t remember his specific requirements. At Jody’s urging, I stepped forward. 

 

I zeroed in on the Orange County Nursing Home where my mother (Alzheimer’s) then resided and where my father (strokes) had resided until his death in 2003. I was a frequent visitor and the staff and residents knew me as they had known my parents for years before  they (my parents) were even living in the nursing home. My mother used to volunteer there and everybody in Orange County knew Ed and Ruth Harwell. 

 

At the nursing home I wanted to get the residents outside in the sun and fresh air. After consulting with the nursing home director, I went to a local restaurant, primarily BBQ, veggies, and salads, as I recall, and asked them about catering a meal across Rt. 15 at the nursing home. They were enthusiastic and probably gave me a deal. So on a sunny spring afternoon, we had a nice lunch for everyone outside on the brick patio. I took my little dog Charlie, a 13 pound Bichon, who was beloved by the residents. (The staff there always welcomed Charlie and me although Charlie was not officially a “comfort dog”.  Staff and residents loved him as   he loved them!) All went well for the lunch. My mother died a few months later. 

 

Another thing I did for the home was get it a subscription for “Virginia Gardening” and one other magazine. I still renew the “Virginia Gardening”subscription every year. 

 

A few months after the lunch, I told our congregation about my activity with the $100. I held up Charlie the doggie as I spoke and emphasized how Charlie boosted the morale of the staff and residents. Charlie is still with us. He turned 12 on 12/01/17 and still likes to chase deer. 

Fauquier faith partners

by lorene head

 It was a great honor to participate in the “Kingdom Assignment” made possible by the Warrenton United Methodist Church in 2006.  With a grant of $100 and the instructions “Now go and make a difference in the community for the Kingdom,” Fauquier Faith Partners was birthed.  The mission of Fauquier Faith Partners was to help families suffering with the devastating effects of domestic violence.  At the time the ministry was birthed, there was none other based in Fauquier County that provided the services needed for women and children displaced from their homes because of domestic violence. 

 

We began by mailing a survey to the professionals in Fauquier County to determine if the services were seen as needed by professional counselors, attorneys, doctors, etc.  The results of the survey disclosed a resounding “YES.”  We then met with the Fauquier County Sheriff’s office, the local Bar Association, the County government, the local family shelter, many of the community’s churches and pastors, and others to determine exactly what programs were needed. 

 

Many volunteers and professionals in the community served to implement a Legal Services Program which provided pro bono attorneys for women needing a protective order, temporary and permanent housing assistance, professional counseling services, training, and crisis intervention services to more than 250 women and children in the community from 2007 to 2017.  Our initial $100 grew to many thousands of dollars through generous contributions from the community and foundation grants. 

 

The Fauquier County Department of Social Services developed a program that now provides the same services for abused persons in the community.  Since the establishment of the County program, Fauquier Faith Partners has closed its doors, however, is very pleased to have brought light to this issue in our community while providing critical services to abused families in need from 2007 to 2017. 

 

It was a great honor to serve the community with a ministry birthed as a “Kingdom Assignment” and $100 from the Warrenton United Methodist Church.


Ministry to Those in Jail

by Shore Robertson

For I was in prison and you came to visit me, Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you…in prison and go visit you?’. The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these my brothers and sisters of mine, you did it for me’.”, Mathew 25:36-37, 39-40 (NIV). 

 

When Pastor John Chadsey issued his call to the members of our congregation to come forward to receive $100.00 in seed money to start a new service project in the community, I went forward. As one who had worked in the criminal justice system for many years, I was keenly aware of the spiritual needs of those incarcerated in the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center. I knew that there was a jail chaplain and that some other churches had ministries there, but I felt our Church needed to step forward and answer Jesus' call to help in some way. After meeting with the Chief Jailer, I learned that the inmates spent many idle hours and that reading material would be most helpful and enjoyed.

 

Using the seed money, I ordered multiple subscriptions to GUIDEPOST and THE UPPER ROOM and when issues came in, I took them to the jail to be distributed to the inmates. After the seed money was all used, I continued the project at my expense for a number of years. 

 

It is my prayer that in some small way, this project may have helped someone through the dark days of their lives and to find Christ.