February 1, 2015
A new ministry began in the congregation where I now serve. Literally in…side the congregation. It’s called Family Promise (visit www.familypromise.org for more information) and is designed as a help for folks with families who are transitioning from being without a home/place to live to having one. That process can take a lot of time and sometimes folks are literally left on the streets. So, the churches in town have partnered to be “homes” for one week at a time for folks until they can complete the transition and be in their own space.
Classrooms in the congregation’s building were transformed into bedrooms; supper prepared and brought in to be enjoyed by all; supplies gathered for breakfasts and lunches, etc; and two volunteers stay overnight with the guests to help with any emergencies or idiosyncrasies in the building. I had the honor to be one of the overnight volunteers the first night. What a joy to be available in this way.
It’s exciting how this ministry has benefited folks in other cities and states. It’s new here, and some kinks are getting worked out, but it’s exciting. Often Christians go outside the four walls to assist in some way; what a great thing to do so within the walls!