A New Season for Brandon

My time at Beds for Kids first began in October of 2010 when Tim Rowley offered to take me to lunch at Firebird’s restaurant knowing that I was looking for work and that he had a vision laid out for him by God that needed additional hands.  A few weeks later I found myself having a very memorable conversation with Daniel (our current Executive Director) about this vision that Tim had casted and how we both we’re also being led to serve as brokers between “the haves” and “have nots” in Charlotte. And God has since taken us for an amazing journey that I could never have imagined.

Now, it’s more than three and half years later and I feel the Spirit of the Lord moving me again.

It’s the truest understanding of the definition of “bittersweet” for me.  Beds for Kids has been this unique and amazing journey that the Lord brought me in to- a gift really for me to grow in and be part of that I could not have even come close to in my own vision-casting and strength; only God’s.  Although I’ve seen the delivery of thousands of beds and furniture to hundreds of homes it’s really me who feels like the greatest recipient in all of this.  I’ve got four great co-workers, whom have really been like three brothers and a sister to me. And like siblings- it’s been both beautiful and hard at times; but it’s all been the Father’s plan and I wouldn’t change it for anything.  I’ve grown a lot- and still have much more growing to do, but will never forget this time here as I’m led elsewhere.

So this Friday, August 1, I will finish my last day as an employee at BFK.  I do not currently have a place to tell you that I am going to next; aka, another job.  And it all does sound a bit crazy; I’m leaving for the simple reason that I feel that the Lord has brought my time here to a close and now he is guiding me to a new season that is waiting.  But just as my journey began with Beds for Kids, with only a promise and vision from the Lord requiring my obedience to his calling, so it ends and another begins.  I say this confident that God has all of my needs and BFKs needs taken care of- confident that this is exactly his plan for myself and BFK. I’m very excited to see what new growth, new talent and ideas come to BFK as someone else comes to work here. And I’m just as excited to see God’s faithfulness in leading me to the place he has next for me and my family.

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve somehow and someway supported BFK before. And I can’t tell you the gratitude I have for you and for all those who have joined us in our mission to serve this city with beds and furniture as our currency to share the Gospel of Christ.  I ask you to continue to pray for our organization, our mission, our faith (individually and collectively), and for the Lord’s glory to be revealed in it all so that many would come to believe in his name.  That’s why Beds for Kids began and what we have aimed to do in all things since.

I will remain to be in Charlotte and after this Friday can be reached at my personal email if you’d like to contact me (brandont.holmes@gmail.com).  Thank you again for your support, may we all continue to take great satisfaction in serving the Lord in each place that he has purposefully placed us.

Gratefully,

brandon holmes

Kids Day Camp Visit

This past Monday we had an opportunity to host 50 kids, ages 6-12, at our warehouse from a day camp at Myers Park United Methodist Church. We’ve experienced first-hand the generosity and compassion of young ones like these who want to help those in need in our city and so we are always excited to share our organization’s mission with more kids, no matter their age.
We gave the kids a tour of our warehouse while telling stories of how God has provided for our needs in the past three years; including bunk beds, pillows and blankets that have been answered prayers.
At the end we asked each of them to first design a coloring sheet that asked each child what their favorite thing was in their bedroom. Then, we asked them to design bookmarks to be placed in the kids’ Bibles that we hand out to each family that we deliver to. At the end we all circled up and prayed for their time at camp this week and for the kids and their families that BFK will soon serve.

Here are a couple photos of some of the kids’ responses to their favorite items in their rooms as well as some bookmark designs:
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Kids Serve Saturday In Review

Why don’t those kids have a bed..? ” were the responses of a 7-year old girl whose dad was standing beside her as they walked around the BFK warehouse on a tour.

On May 31st we hosted a special volunteer day meant for families to bring their kids (14 and younger) to learn about our mission and serve families with similar aged children who are in need in Charlotte.  Part of our goal as an organization is to develop so much awareness in our city that our services become less and less needed because we have such a socially-conscious community that takes personal responsibility and cares for the needs of their neighbors.  And as we, the staff, learned from Kids Serve Saturday there is never an age too young to start encouraging them towards this mindset of selflessness, wisdom, and service.

We painted furniture that needed some TLC, we cleaned all kinds of tables and vacuumed sofas, we designed bookmarks to go in the children’s Bibles that we deliver, and we even made a wall of handprints with green and blue paint from the hands of all our volunteers that day ranging from 1 up to 56 years old.   It all encompassed different ways that we could #loveyourneighbor by carefully preparing furniture pieces and linens that would soon furnish another family’s home.

So far as an organization we’ve had a Beverly Woods Elementary kindergarten class raise $79 in pennies and draw pictures to support our cause, a young girl host a hot chocolate stand whose proceeds over the past 3 years have exceeded $600, and another boy who instead of receiving presents for his birthday asked all his friends to bring new bed linens instead (just to name a few).

How can we continue to encourage, educate and empower our children to serve those in need? Honestly, it doesn’t have to be something intertwined specifically with Beds for Kids- but we hope to provide an environment that’s a simple and effective place to start. Let us know how we can help your family #loveyourneighbor.

Kids Serve Saturday hand prints
Kids Serve Saturday hand prints
Bible Bookmarks
Bible Bookmarks
Helpful Volunteers
Helpful Volunteers