Headlines: Oprah Gives Audience Members Debit Cards

Oprah Winfrey has famously given members of her audience new cars, paid off their debts and fulfilled their wildest dreams. Now she’s given them what she calls the “gift of giving back.”
On a show that aired Monday, Winfrey gave more than 300 audience members $1,000 debit cards sponsored by the Bank of America to donate to a charitable cause. Winfrey called the show her “favorite giveaway ever.”

“I can honestly say that every gift I’ve ever given has brought at least as much happiness to me as it has to the person I’ve given it to,” the 52-year-old talk-show host said. “That’s the feeling I want to pass on to you.”

People can give the entire sum to one person _ relatives aren’t eligible _ or they can split it among charitable causes. Audience members also received a DVD recorder to tape their stories for a future show.

“You’re going to open your hearts, you’re going to be really creative, and you’re going to spend it all at once on one stranger or spend a dollar on every person,” Winfrey said. “Imagine the love and kindness you can spread with $1,000.” The Associated Press-http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/10/30/D8L33HD80.html

We at The Daily Lily have our site to blog and be creative and tell our stories. I would like to share about two families we blessed this past week-end. We gave one family that has a great struggle buying enough food for the month before they receive their next social security check a gift out of love. The Daily Lily gave a large box of canned foods. Also fresh meats, skinless chicken breast, boneless pork chops, vegetables and fruit. We gave hygiene items like toothpaste, soaps, shampoo and conditioner. We also gave a fresh flora arrangement to delight their dining table. Not only did The Daily Lily give food but our delivery team took the time to spend about an hour visiting with our family and Oprah is right we came away the winner. We also give about two hours a week to this family in tutoring to help with their reading skills.

Our other family also received canned foods, lots of hygiene items and a flora arrangement. Again, we took the time to visit and this brought such joy and new friends to our team. We also make calls to this family weekly as they are shut-in and need others to drive them or make outreach to them.

We have many stories to tell and I like Oprah hope that we would be creative and tell our stories in hopes that others would be inspired to do the same. Giving is a contagious joy for the giver and a blessing for the receiver. It has a pyramid effect in helping to bring light to darkness. Candles in dark places, hope in despair, love for hatred and the results are never ending.
Let us take our gifts and serve them on a silver tray as Rena would say and make a pyramid investment. And Wendy tells us to put our candles together into a dark room and bring the Light!

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9 thoughts on “Headlines: Oprah Gives Audience Members Debit Cards”

  1. Earlier this week it came to me so loud and clear that we need more show and tell in the Body of Christ to encourage one another.
    Then today I was reading “Decision Magazine” (by the way which is a gift to me from MG every Christmas and I thank her) and it said Show and Tell. It states “You have to show the difference Jesus makes in your life, but you must tell who is making the difference.” It goes on to say you may be showing your friend all about Jesus in your life but they are not going to make the jump from you being a nice guy to “I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins.” They are not going to figure that out. You have to tell them. It’s show and tell.”

    Another interesting part of this article by Ron Hutchcraft was “Hand in Glove…You can tell a glove to pick up a Bible and it will remain moitionless. Then, amazingly, if you put your fingers in the glove, it picks up the Bible. God is asking us to be His glove”-we’re not the hand. God is saying “Let Me take your influence, your relationships, your personality, what you know, what you’ve been through, and make you My glove. I will work through you.”

    1. Sara, your comments make a correlation in my mind to a course I’m taking on Classroom Management by FRED JONES, teacher and education author par excellence! To insure that one’s students are understanding the lesson, more completely, that the teacher is modeling, slower, specific steps are demonstrated, for example, on the white board or chalk board…one calculation or demo at a time. The students then DO that step, independently, AS FEEDBACK, that they have just “seen” the teacher “Say and Do”. The teacher goes to the next step. And the students FEEDBACK that step. And so on. This is in contrast to presenting a complete problem to them for example in Math or in a sentence diagram and expecting students to recall each step and do the complete work, independently.
      This has proven very successful in diminishing the misunderstanding and in increasing the comprehension in the FEEDBACK from the students being taught, adding knowledge and understanding to them.
      The “SEE SAY DO” of Fred Jones could be like the CHRISTIANS “SHOW & TELL” with the Lost person doing the “DO”, (the FEEDBACK). As we demonstrate the Christian life (like James says, “be ye DOERS of the Word and not hearers only) I guess we could paraphrase it and say, ‘be ye doers of the WORD and not TELLERS only but Demonstrate as you Articulate and then encourage FEEDBACK.
      It’s like you were saying, “be that nice guy Christian model; but Tell them and expect results!

      1. MG, looks like you have been in school learning teaching techniques, sounds good.

        Would you be able to give us a creative story of your ministry now using the guidelines that Oprah has used? Oprah gave each member of her audience $1,000 and guidelines in giving it away to help another. She also gave them all a DVD player to record their acts of kindness.

        With Oprah’s instructions and your new class we would like to hear a personal story from you in how this worked and the results.

        I just returned from Linda’s Hallmark store in Va. Not many years ago she purchased this store in the red. Today she had open house for Christmas and it would bring tears to eyes to behold such Beauty. Beauty, great success, enlargement, growth and the most beautiful of all over the years Linda has become more beautiful and generous and kind. She graciously gave to my ministry in India when she was not at this financial place in life. She gave to many charitable causes when she was building her business on loans, etc. She had family members and their friends, which were little children when she started and now they are young adults shining in Hallmark this am using their gifts. A young college age man with his keyboard playing beautiful music among others. I was invited to go in 8:30 am for shopping before store opened and she gave me special discounts. Debi was invited as well but she had to work today.

        I need many blogs to “show and tell” Linda’s story of her interacting in my ministry. She has many to tell and show of her ministry and I really love her and her work. I must say she has been more than gracious and generous with me over the years in helping me in ministries I would not have been able to do without her.

        I know you have stories to tell as well and we look forward to hearing yours.

      2. I have been pondering the question posed (or rather challenged) by Sara concerning the “Oprah Effect” and how it translates in the church, the Body of Christ and the life of God’s servants, in our experiences or as it relates to practical ways in ministry, to others. In her book THROWING YOUR LIGHT FORWARD Sara talks about relationship, friendship and fellowship.*(pp. 21,34,43). The definitions, briefly are: relationship (specifically here)is significant connection between two or more things, people. Friendship is: mutual trust, affection and the concommitant behavior that signifies this trust. Fellowship is: sharing of common interests, experiences, views or goals. But,
        how can we relate, show friendship or fellowship with a myriad of believers, those whom we meet and connect with but who are not in our immediate vicinity? How do we nurture a relationship with those who are not nearby? How do we keep the communion of saints and those loved ones or commnicate the love of Christ to one another as Paul exhorts us in several of his Epistles, including 1Cor. 13?
        Well, thedailylily, for one is an excellent way to keep the lines of communication open, even as I write this comment. And another way to connect that we have found instrumetal in demonstrations of care, affection, support and encouragement to others is the GREETING CARD MINISTRY. It is our pleasure to send cards of birthday, anniversary, holiday, special days, greetings with individual, personal notes written by the members of the team. These notes & cards, sometimes accompanied by caricatures, cartoon drawings, etc. have proven to be a delight to the recipients, and we receive many thanks and comments from those whom we have thought about and prayed for and encouraged.
        Although this may not be a new idea in the Body of Christ, yet the
        rewards and the people who are uplifted by this ministry is heartwarming and bonding.
        The Bible says,”for who has (NOT) despised the day of SMALL things, for they shall rejoice…”{Zech. 4;10)
        And though it seems a small thing to send a card, yet, the fruit of joy and encouragement are the rewards that strengthen relationships, friendships and fellowship in the among those with whom we communicate.
        It strengthen the bond of love and ministers often in time of flux in one’s life. It is our “holy kiss ” with which Paul exhorts
        us to greet one another when the “kiss” is far away.

      3. If one wonders just how effective this card ministry really is just take a look at Hallmark and other related stores specializing in some of the greatest works of art through cards to serve others. Computer sites have cards that talk, walk and eat, sleep and dream, I think.

        MG, you have a great ability to find just the right card and so timely in getting them to the church on time. Our little church so enjoys sharing these cards with so many others over quite a few years. This takes love with focus MG for you to find, buy and deliver on time. For the other team members to pray, think and share their thoughts by writing little notes. Then getting the card stampted, addressed and to the PO and the mail carrier getting them to the receivers on time. And, the receiver getting a great big love hug from our church, hopefully, and feel it, because jesus and our love is in that little card.

        And, of course I think we all love to recreive one as well as give one. It could be a long lonely walk day after day to our mail box to only find bills. Cards sent with love and prayer have a way to encourage us, comfort us, confront us and love us among other things like make one laugh. Lots of good medicine in cards and letters.

        And at this time in our history with war, sorrow and pain, cards have a lot of extra work to do and really need the guiding hard to lead them to the promise land. Thanks MG and church for your card ministry that goes on sharing.

        And, a big thank you all to the ones that send me cards. I love them!

  2. The quiet Lady in the picture above with the light hair (Violet) is her name..she oozes love, and through her hands with nimble fingers she brings forth the most love filled embroidered works of beauty…some of us through the ministry of The Daily Lily are working together to touch the lives of the premature babies that do not have clothes to fit…Violet embroiders these tiny little clothes with love…and they are precious the pictures that come forth..little tiny ducks on little tiny clothes..giving as Jesus would say all she has (she does not own or have use of a computor)….Sara you said share a story…with out you Sara even this story couldn’t be told..you made the contacts so these connections could be made and your teachings are always encouraging, inspiring and teaching us to continue to have a story to share.

    There is still time for others to share in this project of making clothes for premee babies in crochet, knit, embroider or a gift of cash to help with shipping of these clothes to (Stitches From The Heart C/O Kathy Silverton 3316 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, Ca 90405).. before Christmas..dj

  3. I would like to share how God has blessed me with being able to give. First He provided me with valuable tools and resources through an education in architecture, horticulture and teaching. He allowed me to obtain jobs during college, and shortly thereafter, that gave me practical experience in these fields. Then my life took a nose dive into darkness as I suffered from severe depression and lost all interest and confidence in my God-given abilities and talents. Years later, however, an Ophrah broke the barrier of my darkness with Biblical encouragement, prophetic insight and practical steps to success. My Ophrah was named Sara (author and webmaster of The Daily Lily). She gave me keys of confidence to re-enter the world of work by being a horticulture substitute teacher and then an employee in a local garden center and a landscape designer. Soon I was managing the garden center (which became very successful), teaching horticulture adult education on a regular basis and designing landscapes for clients in the area. It was during this time period that she helped me discover the gift of giving. Learning to give brought spiritual, emotional and physical health to me as well as blessing to others. I was so grateful to be gaining health again and able to work and learn that I wanted to give back to the Lord more and more for His goodness to me. He provided income and resources from the type of work I did that enabled me not only to give financially to my church and its many ministry outreaches but to give through the work of my hands such as interior and exterior landscaping and floral design. And the more I gave of my time, energy and resources, the more God gave back to me through gifts and discounts and jobs from many wonderful people and opportunities. I saw others blessed and I was blessed.
    I saw an ad in Decision magazine the other day entitled “Creative Giving” and it asked the question ‘GOT ANY SUPER-NATURAL RESOURCES’ It went on to show pictures of a forest, a wheat crop, and pasture land with a ‘Land for Sale’ sign in front of it. The ad continued
    “That small property your grandfather left you’ -300 miles away – may not be very useful to you, but proceeds from the sale could help reach the lost for Jesus Christ, making it a super-natural resource.”
    I have an example related to that: I blessed my mother by helping care for her, her home and land when she wasn’t well enough to. Eventually she sold it and shortly thereafter died and blessed me in turn with some of the proceeds. I then had even something more to give so that became a type of creative giving that both my Mother and myself now share in. My Mother and I are joined in evangelistic work from this giving. I thank Billy Graham, Oprah, and others for reminding us of the gift of giving in and its joys. It brings many blessings to our families as well, it sure has mine.

  4. Today in church our pastor did a demonstration. He had a pitcher of water and a dry sponge. He said, “Now this dry sponge is useless unless you put it in water. It is still ineffective until you squeeze the sponge out.” He said that the dry sponge is us and the water is God’s love pouring in and through us. The sponge can not serve its purpose until it gives some of the love God has given us away. I wonder though who is the water and who is the sponge. It seems both are overflowing when they do what God intended them to do.
    May we all be the sponge or the water as God instructs.

    1. This illustration sounds similar to the hand in glove example Sara spoke of in her blog comment ‘Show and Tell’. It also reminds me that we probably all have tools we use for our work. I have shovels, pruners and rakes to landscape with, computers to design with, flowers to make arrangments with, etc etc. But if they just sit idle the plant never gets planted, design never developed, etc. I have to find a way to use these and the products they produce to communicate the salvation message effectively…to make real connections. “…And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? (Rom 10:14). There’s a verse from a song that Sara wrote “Preparing the Crown” that keeps singing through my head “…pick up your tools oh my brother, let them shine as a jewel for your King…”

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