Ministering to the Homeless

 

Found this quote by a homeless Christian blogger:

 

A person who spends all their time trying to convert the already converted, and ignores or neglects their needs, is nursing a dead faith.

– A Homeless Christian

 

God has had me doing a bit of ministry to homeless people, and I feel like he’s calling me to do more. Not sure yet where this is going to lead me, but it sounds exciting. I think the above quote hits the nail on the head. A lot of homeless people are already saved. It’s their physical needs that need to be attended to. I live in a small city that has lots of homeless people, and lots of churches. If there are so many churches, you would think homelessness wouldn’t be a problem, right? Because Jesus said he expects his followers to minister to those in need. He said we are to share the kingdom of God with others, and in the kingdom of God, no one is needy. Unfortunately, it seems that many churches seem to think that by preaching to people, that fulfills the “ministering” quota. It seems many churches have forgotten about the part about ministering to people’s physical needs as well. Jesus himself ministered to peoples physical needs, as well as their spiritual needs.

 

Another quote by the same person:

Most people who feel compelled to bring Christianity to the homeless will declare the inerrancy of the Bible. The justification goes thusly – if the Bible is perfect, and they are preaching “from” the Bible, then the words they speak as they preach are also perfect, to be considered dutifully, without question. Such proclamations made so often at the begin of chapel services at the mission has caused many, including myself, to automatically turn off my attention, and dismiss whatever the chaplain is saying. On the other hand, if the chaplain starts out on the right foot, with humility and practicality, I’ve give him a listen

 

I think it’s important to remember that just because someone is homeless, does not mean they are unsaved.

My God Will Meet All Your Needs

Summer is right around the corner, and you know what that means? Yeah, VBS is coming up. VBS was a lot of fun last year. Our theme was Sonrise National Park. The songs were really good. I posted one of them before. Here’s another one:

Then I had the privilege of serving on mission last year to Kohala to help with their VBS, and they used the Amazing Wonders Aviation theme, which was also a lot of fun.

This year at my church, our theme is Kingdom Rock. Here’s the logo:

 

Pretty cool, huh? We’re also planning another mission trip to Kohala this year. I was the lone missionary to Kohala last year, but thankfully, this year there will be a lot more people going. We’ll be using the same Kingdom Rock theme when we do VBS at Kohala this summer.

I’m also probably going to be helping out at the VBS at one of our sister churches, and their theme will be Colossal Coaster World:

Yeast Spreads

I have a missionary friend who serves the Lord in a restricted country. (Can’t say the name of the country, or names of anyone, for security reasons.) Not long ago she returned to the States for a sabbatical. While she was gone, one of her disciples went out and was discipling someone else. Then the two of them went out to some villages and started preaching the Good News. They met one man in one of the villages who was particularly interested in what they were teaching, so they continued to go back to teach him. He accepted Christ, then went and told everyone else in his village about the Lord. The entire village was saved.

God worked through one person, who worked through another, who worked through another, to save an entire village. What may he be calling you to do?

 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

Matthew 13:33