Are you shouting in the wilderness?

Saint John the Baptist Sees Jesus from Afar
Saint John the Baptist Sees Jesus from Afar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In John 1:23 John the baptist said “I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, “Clear the way for the Lord’s coming!”  Holy Bible, NLT.

I read this a few mornings ago and the question came to me, “am I doing as John the Baptist did?”  Am I letting people know about Jesus?  What He did for me, for all of us?  Am I letting people know through words and actions that Jesus is still alive, still at work, and still coming back?

I’m not sure I can say an absolute yes to the questions.  But it’s also important to understand that apart from Christ, I can do nothing.  So we are to be telling the good news of Christ, ‘and’ He will empower us to do so.  We just have to be willing servants, with the courage and faith that is ours through his spirit.

So I’ve already admitted that I’m falling short in this command.  So how about you?  Are you shouting it out in words, deeds, and actions?  I think we all do well in some areas and fall short in others.  In what ways do you show Christ to those around you?  We can all learn from each other.

Brodie

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Girl scout’s sugary mission

English: Macro photograph of a pile of sugar (...
English: Macro photograph of a pile of sugar (saccharose) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Chef Harry had a great story for me today.  A young girl who is a girl scout heard from her mom that Chef Harry was in need of sugar for the Church on the street kitchen.  She decided to take matters into her own hands and fill the need.

 

She went door to door and asked for sugar for Church on the Street.  Yesterday she and her mom delivered 160lbs of sugar to Church on the Street.  The fact that God used this young girl to fill this need just floors me.  Not only am I impressed with her tenacity and care, I am once again in awe at the ways that God chooses to work.

 

I didn’t get to meet this girl, but if you read this, I want to say thank you so much for your service.  I hope that I can be as obedient and tenacious as you are in service to Jesus.

 

 

Good open house

We had a good first day of our open house. It was definitely a good time to get some early spring cleaning done. We are hoping that tomorrow’s open house time will be even better because its on a Saturday. We will have our regular time in the park followed by open house hours.

Busy day with a service team

We were able to get quite a bit done today thanks to some extra help from students that came to Church on the Street for a service day.  They learned about our mission, how we accomplish it, what it means to be Jesus’ representative to the least of these, and more.  It was a great, and busy day.  We finished off the day with a debriefing and then a staff meeting.

I spoke with some more Atlanta Police officers today to let them know about the mission of Church on the Street and how we can help them when they have to deal with a homeless person.  Please pray that God will give us opportunities to educate the wider community on the mission of Jesus through Church on the Street.

We are in need of mens and womens socks.  Winter is coming soon and these will be needed by those that are living on the street.

 

Battle on the front lines

 

IRAQ
IRAQ (Photo credit: redheadnana4two)

 

The longer I’m at Church on the Street the more I see the true meaning of spiritual warfare.  There is a true war going on for the hearts, souls and lives of those the are living on the street.  Think of them as the walking wounded.  Living in this condition exposes these men and women to every scheme of the enemy on a daily basis.  In order for any one of them to make it off  of the street there are battles that must be won.

 

Many of them fight with addictions of various sorts.  Some fight mental battles, regrets from the past, feelings of hopelessness and unworthiness.  Some have believed the lie that there is just no hope for them.  Most have had their eyes blinded to Jesus.

 

There are days when we feel like we are losing the battle.  The walking wounded greatly outnumber the workers and resources.  But we keep fighting because this is what Jesus has called us to do.  As in any war situation, some are on the front lines and some are in support roles.  Each are vital and necessary for victory.  Unfortunately, it’s easy to forget about the war with so many distractions around on a daily basis.  If you’re reading this, my prayer is that God will give you eyes to see where you are needed and a heart and courage to go, whether it be on the front lines or in support.

 

Brodie

 

Blue jean blues

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The denim fabric of a jeans
The denim fabric of a jeans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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You may have seen some of our posts on other sites, but we need men’s jeans pretty badly right now. A homeless person does not typically have access to a washer and dryer. Therefore, many times they have no choice but to throw a clothing item away at a certain point. This is why, if you follow us online anywhere, you will see us asking quite often for men’s jeans.

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So here is how you can help: Men’s pants at goodwill cost about $5 or so. Postage should be around $4. So for less than $10 you can help us with a pair of men’s pants. Of course, this is an ongoing need, so if some of you could commit to a pair per month or some other time period that would be awesome!
They can be mailed to:

Church on the Street
PO Box 54717
Atlanta, ga 30308

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Brodie

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Reconciliation letter

Holding hands at the Wedding Ceremony
Holding hands at the Wedding Ceremony (Photo credit: neil.lathwood)

We recently received a letter back from a man that we assisted in reconciling with his wife.  He was living on the street and, in God’s timing, came to Church on the Street to ask for help with getting back home to his wife.

We never know how God will use this ministry and it’s always an adventure to see what happens.  We are thankful that God allows us to part of his plans and that we get to share it with you.  To those who have given to support the ministry:  thank you so very much for the money you give.  It is because of those gifts that we are able to be used by God to facilitate these reunions.

Brodie, Church on the Street

Music changes everything

light music
light music (Photo credit: euripedies)

So today, in an effort to continue improvements on our meal times, we added some light music.  I can’t even begin to express in words how different lunch time is now to what it was just two weeks ago.  Between the rearranging of the tables, serving changes, adding music, it’s the next best thing to a peaceful family meal.

I really wish there was a way to express how different and peaceful the time has become.  Words do it no justice.  Jesus has shown us some really cool stuff this week.

Brodie

No air conditioning for me

     I work along side people that are homeless on a regular basis and still I tend to forget sometimes the challenges that a person without a home deals with.  I don’t think I’m calloused, I just don’t pay enough attention.  I come and go, they come and go, and so our days fade away.  

     So last night my wife and I came home to find that our air conditioner had stopped working.  It was still about 90 degrees in the evening so I had a little bit, ok a lot, of poor me.  “I hope I can sleep, I hope it doesn’t get too hot, and so on.”  I tried to keep bringing myself back to the fact that so many have much more dire problems to deal with, but I’m ashamed to admit that I was having a hard time not keeping the attention on myself.  

      We called and our air conditioner was fixed this morning.  But, those living without, some on the streets, and some close to it, may not have had a “fix” to their situation this morning.  In fact, a few of those people may not have even had any hope that such a thing was possible.  

     All children of God are called to be the hands and feet of Christ.  I hope that the next time I do a better job of that.  

Letter from a youth group

We received this letter this week and wanted to share it.

I’m writing from the church youth group in North Carolina.  We were in Atlanta a couple of weeks ago doing various mission works, and you graciously took time out of your schedule to meet with us on Sunday evening and share your thoughts on street ministry with our group.

Several of our small groups came by COTS to hang out and participate in your daily bible study.  I personally thought the methods being used at Church on the Street were very innovative and were exceedingly more beneficial than the traditional “drive by church methodology”.  There is a great deal more care and development going on among the people, and I most certainly agree that those factors are extremely important when trying to reach out to someone.  After spending the week among the homeless, I did learn a great deal.  I learned that it is IMPOSSIBLE to make a real difference in a short time frame, and that we really were helping ourselves more than the homeless community.  With this in mind, I am committed to becoming more involved in my local community on a long term basis and seeking out a similar ministry to participate in.

Our small group was given a sum of money to donate to an Atlanta ministry where we felt it would be put to the best use in spreading the love of Jesus Christ.  We unanimously chose Church on the Street.  We think that the Church on the street philosophy made the most sense out of everywhere we went, and we know it will make an impact in the lives of those you serve.  What your team is doing is great and gives a whole new perspective on serving the homeless.

May the peace of Christ be with you and your staff.