Join us during Lent this year by playing Solidarity BINGO!
This year as you contemplate how you will participate in Lent, we invite you and your family to ride the bus and play Solidarity BINGO with us. By riding the bus instead of driving once a week – or a few times a week – you will learn more about what our families struggle with every day as they rely on public transportation to navigate their lives.
In solidarity with our clients, we will be posting a variety of public transportation activities that will help you truly understand what they face. In addition to this fun BINGO game, we will offer articles and links that explain why the idea of solidarity is important to serving people in a whole-hearted manner — why riding the bus isn’t as easy as people think — how living some of the hardships our families face will bring you closer to their authentic experience and — how to compassionately engage our families.
You are certainly welcome to give up your car for Lent, but short of that, we believe working through these activities will connect you with how poverty, transportation and raising children intersect to challenge our families as they work to rebuild their lives. Our intention is not to undermine the value of public transportation – it is in fact vital to the families we serve and to our community — rather, our intention is to highlight things that few people who have cars understand.
As you try some of these activities, we encourage you to share your experiences here on the blog, on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FatherEdJudyHouse) or by tweeting them with the hashtag #SolidarityBINGO.
Theresa, our volunteer and children’s program coordinator, is a seasoned public-transit-rider and she will be providing insight into each of our bingo squares as Lent progresses.
For those of you who would like to play BINGO – we will be offering a prize at the end of Lent, chosen out of those completed BINGO cards that you mail or email us ~ perhaps offering an idea for next year…
“In a culture built on consumption–especially of food–it is easy to forget the poor that Jesus cared so much about. Following the pattern of his successful Advent Conspiracy, Chris Seay invites readers on a journey of self-examination, discipline, and renewed focus on Jesus that will change their lives forever.
He challenges readers to eat like the poor for forty days in solidarity with a much-neglected group of people, and to donate the money they save on groceries to a charity or project that serves the poor in concrete ways. But he doesn’t expect them to go it alone. A Place at the Table includes a short chapter for each of those forty days with Scripture, reflections, prayers, encouragement, and tips for engaging the whole family in the process. The six-session DVD, shot in such locations as the Holy Land, Haiti, and Ecuador, will help small groups and entire churches go on a passionate journey of radical faith, personal action, solidarity with the poor, and extravagant grace.”
Here is a link to our full BINGO card and ‘rules’ that you can print out: Solidarity BINGO (Note: if you have any issue printing this out – please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will email or mail you a BINGO sheet.)
Fat Tuesday is quickly approaching! We hope you will consider playing Solidarity BINGO with us during Lent — and coming to understand the families we work with in a different way!