WOW!! I hope I can capture ALL of what the Lord did today. It was a bitter, cold and windy day. The wind chill read at 4 – 6 below zero. Let me tell you… under a bridge in the winter, the wind whips through like swords cutting your face. We had maybe 60 homeless show up to eat, I know our numbers were down because if they are in a warm place or under a mound of blankets, they weren’t coming out. Please pray God moves hearts to help us help our homeless friends.
We had Target Distribution come today with food and about 30 volunteers. You guys ROCK!! Some of their volunteers were friends of mine from church. Praise God!
Brownstone Nazarene Church came with 20 + of their youth group, they were amazing! Sitting, talking, playing cards and games with our homeless friends. You guys ROCK!! Plus they brought carolers to sing Christmas songs and bless all of us.
Carl told me that Danny had an awesome testimony and we should ask him to share it today. I asked Danny, he said, “will they make fun of me? If they do I’ll stop and leave” I told him if they did I’d put a big hurt on em. His eyes twinkle when he smiles. He’s very shy and timid. He spoke what was in his heart, he said “I’ve got Jesus in my heart, I’ve got a job helping Don Hawkins (he’s very excited about working) and I’m very thankful for Jesus and his blessings.”
Kitzi and Brent (Mt. Gilead church) brought some food today also. It was great to see them, I told them that we missed them, they said they would be back.
Kathy and David came from Kentucky to volunteer. Richard did an interview with them and is going to put it on our website. He wouldn’t even show it to me tonight, he said I had to wait and see it on the website. So if I’ve got to wait and see it… so do you. LOL Thanks Richard
We had lots of food left over today, Target folks packed to-go containers of some great grub. Marsha, Doris, Cathy, Bill (Anderson group and his guys) went to 4 bridges and “the jungle”. We delivered hot food to our homeless friends.
At Pine street bridge… we found Wes under probably 30 blankets. No shelter from the wind, just the blankets. He’s a veteran, disabled, gets around in his wheelchair. Steve Dieterle went to Wal-Mart and bought him a tent to block the wind. Steve and Richard Smith set the tent up and transferred all his blankets and belongings (his life) inside the tent. Thanks guys, I love your hearts.
Pastor Ron has adopted our ministry at Lakeview church for the Christmas Holiday. He’s asked the congregation to bring blessings for 3 Sunday’s with donations of clothing, socks, T-shirts, jeans and undies for our homeless friends. Thank you my church. Lives are being changed by the love and generosity of God’s servants.
Hand warmers and feet warmers are excellent to pass out. Come down any time and serve, we’d love to serve with you. If you need tax deductions… our organization is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit. Any and all donations are appreciated and recorded to IRS.
Crossroads church filled up Richards bed of his truck with boots, shoes, coats, socks. All kinds of goodies. Thank you Crossroads.
We will be open on Saturday’s from 9 – 3 pm to be a day shelter for the homeless. Located at 918 E. Michigan Street. Horizon House has closed down on Saturday, we heard because of lack of funding. So we are serving on Saturday’s and Sunday’s.
Joyce met a guy that was in Saturday, his name is Eugene (I believe). He wrote the most wonderful poem for all of the volunteers. It was amazing and this guys penmanship and words were beautiful. It will also be on the website. I’m telling all of you… you need to check out the website. http://www.meetmeunderthebridge.com
Proverbs 28:27 says, “He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.”
Matthew 25:40 “The King will reply, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these, you did unto me.”
To God be the GLORY!!!!