We’ve returned from the distant land of India where we were renewed and strengthened in our spiritual walk. Many lessons were learned and we were left challenged by forsaking all for
the glory of God and the gospel of Christ. More to come on that in future posts as we have brought back a real burden and love for the dear people there.
Today we are well underway with preparations for our outreach to the homeless in Washington DC. This year is our Tenth Anniversary spending Christmas Eve and Day on the streets with the homeless. What started out as 25 Arby’s sandwiches has grown to feeding over 200, a bus filled with blankets, coats, and other warm items for winter survival, and giving each a BACKPACK filled with personal care items.
This year the team consists of sixteen people along with the lunch truck stocked with hot meals and the shuttle bus packed with many items. This year a special gift was designated that covers the cost of brand new backpacks, and we will be able to pack gloves, hats, sweats, socks, toilet paper, brushes, combs, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other personal care items into each backpack to give as a “home” for those on the streets.
Will you join us, friends? Will you come with us through your prayers or your monetary gift? How far is it to Bethlehem – not very far!
May you and your loved ones experience the radiant joy of Jesus on this blessed Silent Night!
How far is it to Bethlehem?
Not very far.
Shall we find the stable room
Lit by a star?
Can we see the little child,
Is he within?
If we lift the wooden latch
May we go in?
May we stroke the creatures there,
Ox, ass, or sheep?
May we peek like them and see
If we touch his tiny hand
Will he awake?
Will he know we’ve come so far
Just for his sake?
English Carol by Frances Chesterton
We seek to be a vessel, an outpouring of God’s love, to bring the good news to the afflicted, to bind up the broken hearted, to set the captive free, to comfort those who mourn, and to bring the oil of gladness and the mantle of praise to all that we meet and serve.
We undertake our mission through our outreach of ministering to the spirit, mind, and body, whether it be in renewal through silent retreat and prayer at WaterBrooks, through encouraging those with deafness and other physical challenges at Kennels of Levi, or through meeting the needs of our brothers and sisters among the homeless with Operation Silent Night.
We strive to fulfill our mission, not through our own might and power, but by resting on the firm guiding hand of faith in God’s providence, provisions and promises…for what He has started, He will so complete.