Warming up the city

In case you haven’t heard, this winter is going to be slightly different to your average one. The Warm Up Winter campaign has landed and we’re planning on making a big splash! 

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word ‘winter’? Is it the chilly mornings or a favourite jersey? A cosy blanket or a muddy puddle? We all may be subject to the same season but our experience of it depends a lot on our circumstances.

In a city where more than 544 000 people live in informal settlements on the notoriously flood-prone Cape Flats, most people experience winter as a cold and desperate time of year.

As a community, we want to bless our city this year by responding to the practical need for warm clothing and blankets through the Warm Up Winter campaign. But that’s not where it ends! We want this campaign to become about so much more than just clothing.

Here’s an acronym we came up with at the Common Good headquarters to help you remember why we’re sharing the warmth this winter. Its four simple letters. W. A. R. M.

W is for ‘Who are we doing this for?’

It’s easy to fall into a response that’s driven by a need rather than by the person, or people, behind the need. So while you participate in this campaign, think of the people you’re serving or giving to. We aren’t just responding to a need or a season – we’re responding to God’s people.

Pray for the person that will end up wearing the clothing items you give, remembering that all people are image-bearers of God. Worthy, loved and His. And ultimately we’re doing this for the One who is the sources of all our blessings. The One who said, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matt 25:40).

A is for Attitude

Check your heart attitude. Are you participating out of obligation, or are you giving cheerfully? Are you doing this to de-clutter and share your excess, or are you giving your best? God sees our hearts, and they are all that matter to Him. It’s not about what we give or how much we give – but rather about the attitude of our heart as we give.

R is for Reason

There’s a logical reason why we’re running Warm Up Winter.

An estimated 80% of people living on the low-lying Cape Flats have had their home partially or fully flooded at least once. That’s more than 430 000 people who have been without warm and secure clothing and shelter during the coldest months of the year. The weather may be beyond our control, but we all have something we can share to meet a real need this winter.

 M is for Mission

Warm Up Winter is part of a bigger mission.

This campaign is one small step on a life-long journey as we partner with Jesus as He redeems and restores our city. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and life to the full” (John 10:10). He calls us on mission with Him – a mission to bring a full and abundant life to all people. Warm up Winter is part of this bigger mission that reaches wider and deeper into our city. Let’s get on mission with Jesus to bring life to the full.

Where to from here?

If you’d like to hear more about this campaign, click here to watch a video clip.

Visit our website if you need more details on how to get involved.

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