Homeless Ministry Report 2/23/2014

Saturday was a beautiful day.  The temperatures were 60-ish and the sun was out.  Our team went out in search of homeless people to serve.  Throughout the afternoon, we were able to hand out some 40 meals to various people we saw on the streets. 

We met some new people and saw some familiar faces as well.  The challenge with the homeless ministry is keeping up with where they migrate to.  I think we are starting to settle into a bit of a route after about a month of searching.

As always, it’s a blessing to participate in a ministry like this.  You really get an opportunity to love people.  Also, you can have your eyes opened.  Often times, this tears down any prejudgments you may carry with you.

One of our stops is for a man named Bobby.  He’s a happy, friendly guy who loves to hang out and talk.  He told us that he takes Jesus wherever he goes.  He said that last week he went into a church near his tent.  He was amazed that the people of that church accepted him as he was, dirty and all.  Bobby scraps for junk all day to make money for food.  He was excited because last Saturday he made $8 scrapping.  But that day he put a dollar in the offering plate to thank God for what he has.  That’s a huge life lesson for all of us.  It reminds me of the widow giving her two mites in Luke 21:1-4.  Jesus said this of that widow “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all.  For all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”

With the warmer weather, we didn’t bring out any blankets.  We got a request for a couple, so Jamie and I delivered them the following day after church.

As we approach warmer weather, we will see more people.  We need to remember that the threat of freezing may go away when it gets warm, but the hunger doesn’t stop.  That is why we must remain prayerful and vigilant in our efforts to help those in need. 

Finally, I must be getting better at driving the van because I only heard shrieks of fear twice this time!  I think we’re all much happier when Pastor Don drives!

Thank you for your prayers and your support,

Peace,
rick

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