Years ago I heard a friend deliver a message about a married couple that wanted to have a baby but as of yet were not able to have one.  They went to their pastor and asked for prayer in this area.  The pastor asked them if they were ready, did they expect, did they have the nursery ready for their newborn?  They said no, they only had the room but it was cluttered with stuff and they hardly went into that room.  He told them to go home and decorate the darkness, go home and make the room ready for a baby and expect God to do the miracle.  The phrase stuck with me, Decorate The Darkness.  As Christians that is was we are called to do, to make the dark places shine with the light of Christ.  So that is how we got started, doing good things outside the church, just being the light for someone to see.