A Place of Worship Street ministry
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(Worship, Lunches, Christian concerts and our annual campout is the core of what we do.)
We are a ministry to the homeless and addicts in our community. The homeless are a community of people who are misunderstood. Until I learned about the history of many of the homeless in our community, I was among those who did not understand. Many of the homeless today come from broken homes (if they came from homes at all). Many were physically, mentally or sexually abused by parents or family members. Many deal with issues such as depression, severe anxiety, bi-polar, schizophrenia and many other emotional issues.
Many people on the street struggle with drug and/or alcohol addiction. Addiction to drugs and alcohol is no different that cigarettes, or gambling. Addiction is not something people plan on. It is usually the result of sampling something (drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling and even sex) that stimulates the brain and gives us a desire for more. For some it gets way out of control. It causes people to lose homes, family, jobs and their health. Addictions will control peoples lives. Many people live in addictive personalities and don't even realize it.
Jesus said to him, " 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."
Throughout the bible Jesus reached out to the sick and tormented. That was the love of God in action. That was the light of God that went out into the world. We are a light to those in darkness. And many are coming out of darkness and learning about the love and mercy of our creator. We have watched as God has delivered many people from the bondage of addiction. Many are now off the street. Mothers now have their children back. Families are restored. Sharing the word of God is the highlight of what we do. Helping encourage people to get out of their addictions and live a life for God is the heart of what we do. Our foundation is very simple. We focus on the two commands of Jesus.
Our current location is in the Lents Baptist church on the corner of 88th and Woodstock. We meet every Saturday for service at 10:30 am with a free lunch at 11:30. Service attendance is not required for lunch. As a ministry to the homeless, we also provide free hygiene items and occasional clothing as donations allow. We also help provide Birth Certificates and ID cards. We do an annual campout, Christian concerts and other events to show that you can have fun without the effects of your drug of choice.
Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' 37 Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' 40 And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'
Seeing people come out of addiction and off the streets is very rewarding. Even those still on the street are coming to the service and learning that there are people who will love them unconditionally. That is the first step in reaching many people.
Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."
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