Not Just Another Walk In The Park

Posted by on Jul 18, 2011 in Pastor's Blog, Recent News | 0 comments

Today was one of those days I am glad to be where God has me.  We had great interaction (yes we interact during church) in church this morning.  I love it when I can ask questions on the things that I am teaching and hear the understanding pour out of those special friends that God has brought through the doors.  We has some special setup considerations and a little more work to get going but it is all part of the growth he is putting us thru to get ready.

Then there was the special time with Denie (Mosaic Street Ministries) and our new friends at the park.  I remember when going to the park looked different.  As I have gotten older it was mostly only going when there was something special going on.  Little did I know what God had for us when we met Denie.  Today was one of those morning prayer days where I ask God to let me lift someone up and touch their lives with your love kinda of days.  Not just the regular old walk in the park days.

Another Day In The Park

This week has been tough for her.  She cares so much for those that we are helping.  She tells me stories all the time how one meal saved a life or how it turned someone around and got them back on track.  Today was no exception.  A young couple I had met some 8 weeks ago were finally established in their apartment and getting their feet back on the ground.  They looked into Denie’s face and told her how grateful they were for her help.  They watched as the tears ran down her cheeks with honest concern and wonderment of why she was crying.

They didn’t know this week was the first week the grant money had run out.  They didn’t know that she didn’t know how much longer this ministry could survive.  She didn’t put her burden on them.  So, all they knew was she was happy for them.  Deep in her spirit she wondered when God would show her the way to keep her hearts desire alive and serving those she has loved on for so long.  There were other things that had happened in her life and yet she was still there giving all she had to the calling God has put on her heart.

Each of us has had a time of disappointment and pain.  A time when we cried out to God to show us the way to find a solution, a way to surrender and trust Him for all we need.  The time where we are walking a tight wire between faith and giving up.  I knew as I watched the tears poor down her face she was desperate for God to infuse her ministry with the funding and the support that is so sorely needed.  In her need there was faith, and her love continued to pour out to each one as they came up to see her.

Have you ever been in the presence of the Holy Spirit and felt the hush that goes over the group.  That is the feeling of watching and working with this ministry.  Denie has a wonderful story and I encouraged her to write it up when she gets a chance.  Watch for it.  I know God’s hand is on this ministry.  I know there is someone reading this that will hear deep inside that there is something they can do to help.  Every little bit is much when God’s hand is in it.  The whole atmosphere changes when this ministry arrives.  It makes a difference in our community.  What it needs is some people that are willing to help.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.  ~ Matthew 5:6 [show]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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That was the subject of my talk today.  It took on yet another meaning when I went off to the park.  And yet another verse came to mind also from Matthew:

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, (English Standard Version) Matthew 25:35 [show]ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)
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If as you read this you felt you wanted to help fulfill what Matthew said,  perhaps you will set aside your feelings about the homeless and how come they have the life they live and help a sincere woman that expresses the love of Christ over peoples lives each and every week.  Go to her site Mosaic Street and do what your heart tells you to do.  People from all ages lives will continue to be fed both towards their physical needs and also to their spiritual needs.  Yes it will make a difference.  Yes it is a biblical ministry and a request from Jesus to us to take care of those in need.  Won’t you help?

If you know of any food resources or other ideas to help please feel free to comment on her Facebook page as well.

Be Blessed and be a blessing!

Pastor Rick

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