Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Craigslist for Christians

My wife and I enjoy finding bargains on Ebay...she even sold some stuff on there once! Recently we've been introduced to a site called Craigslist. It lists things by city and has tons for sell as well as some free stuff!

These websites gave me an idea...

What if Christians started a website where they listed all the "stuff"' they needed to get rid of that could benefit someone else? They would list it for free instead of selling it (unless they sold it in order to give the money away.) Maybe some corporate sponsors could give some money to pay for shipping costs.

What kind of possibilities could come of this? A starving family in Tennessee receives canned goods from Michigan. A home is built in South America because some extra wood was donated. An Italian church donates some beds that go to Africa. You look online to find a computer that your neighbor could really use to help her find a job.

If we did this, would we look more like the early church found in Acts 2?

"All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." (Acts 2:44-47)

4 comments:

Theresa said...

What a great idea! I can't tell you how many things I haul off to the Hand-me-ups store (like the Goodwill) and shop there myself. Recycle! Help a brother/sister in need!

As for now, I'm TRYING to hold on until the NCS garage sale before unloading the big stuff.

Keep up the great ideas!

Shane Coffman said...

Another one to look at is www.freecycle.org

Theresa said...

Testimonial: I'm signed up on www.freecycle.org and am quite impressed! Things go so fast! Jeff has gifted his old baseball cards and a shredder, we've also given our old bedframe and changing table. Only thing is you have to keep checking if you're looking for something and things go fast! From the things we offered, we got 6 offers within a matter of hours! It's really neat to see things go directly to the person needing them. It just seems so Christian sharing as a community!

Anonymous said...

A great Christian alternative to craigslist is a site called CHRISTools.com. (http://www.CHRISTools.com)