Sharing Love one animal at a time


Stuffed With Love collected over 570 animals to be distributed in Mexico and in Columbus. Thanks to Alli Kozman and all who helped in this effort!

It seemed like a good idea at the time….
I took that Winnie the Pooh Teddy Bear with me everywhere I went. And, I was going for a bike ride. I knew I couldn’t hold him in my hands. So I concocted a brilliant plan to put my Pooh bear in my wagon and tie a rope from my bike to my wagon. Sure, the rope was about 40 feet long and the handle of the wagon would drag along the pavement, but it was a good idea. Winnie the Pooh didn’t think so. When the rope finally stretched taught I was nearing top speed. Whiplash ensued for that poor yellow guy and he went flying out of the wagon and landed in that poorly placed, post spring rain puddle. I was busted. But, by golly, I needed that teddy bear by my side.

Maybe you have fond memories of a special stuffed animal too. Those fur balls have a way of collecting more than just dust and dirt with all the places they are dragged by a loving precious hand. Teddy bears provide comfort and peace. They help dry tears and offer loads of courage. And they are a big piece of the developmental process for little ones. Many emergency vehicles have stuffed animals in them to provide some comfort to little ones in crisis situations.

And so this is exactly what the people of St. John’s did! Thanks to Alli and her family for a brilliant idea of collecting stuffed animals to pass along and provide some fuzz therapy both near and far. Leveraging all the people involved with our VBS and the many faithful folks of our congregation, we gathered stuffed animals. Ali managed the process of evaluating and cleaning each animal and we divided them into 2 groups. One group was sent off to Genesis Diaz, the organization that our Mexico Mission Team partners with, in order to provide a stuffed animal to orphan children that are among some of the very most vulnerable. The other pile of animals is being delivered to each child that receives a bed through our local bed brigade ministry. Because of the generosity of so many, each child isn’t receiving just a bed, bedding, bible—but now a stuffed animal as well. It is just one more simple thing that we are doing to bring dignity and love to those in our area. Thank you Alli for your vision and heart. And to the people of St. John’s for partnering to provide a huggable and lovable companion for those near and far.
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Pastor Scott Ness

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Pastor Scott Ness loves stories and finding ways to use ordinary, everyday life to point to our amazing God. He strives to see with eyes of faith. He fails consistently. Through it all, God remains faithful and full of grace. When Pastor Scott isn't running around the church he is often found at home with his wife, Deanna and their six children.