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Heaven and Earth Collide – August 19, 2016

Heaven-and-Earth-Collide

A seed is planted when one walks through our door.

Whether you are homeless and slept for hours in our shelter and woke up and knew you were safe, or elderly with little funds for rent, utilities, medicine and food and supplementing your income with a hot meal helps make ends meet, our men’s shelter and hot meals meet countless needs.

As the case may be you are a youth and mom or dad doesn’t cook or have food in the house, but you know where you can get good food every night with a yummy dessert and chocolate milk and know that it is far better than going to bed hungry, again.

Perhaps, you are a student in high school or college and need to work service-learning hours and you’ve never seen a different way of life. Eyes are opened.

Perchance you were blessed with abundance and want to give back in thanks for all God has given you.

Maybe you have little or are lonely and being around others makes you feel good happily chatting and meeting new friends.

Thousands of individual reasons bring thousands through our doors. Regardless of the reason, this is the place where heaven and earth collide and God’s mission takes place.

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:36-40

This is God’s law of positivity. Instead of dwelling on all we should not do, we can focus on what we can do to show our love for God and others.

Six days a week we open our doors to the public. The homeless and hungry walk through our doors into a clean, well-lit dining room (freshly painted in pale yellow for happiness) already set waiting for their arrival.

I personally stand there smiling and saying “Hello” greeting each guest as they arrive and as the scent of dinner permeates the room, bread baskets with butter and desserts await them and volunteers mill about the room asking if they’d like hot coffee, chocolate milk or ice water.

We make God ‘visible’ through hospitality and let them know no matter what is happening in their lives, when they walk through our doors they are safe.

Heaven and earth collide in this incredible coming together of needs and volunteers and donations that make up our rescue mission that serves thousands and where God’s word is shared every day and where prayer happens. God uses different strengths and blessings to care for His children right here.

I never tire of seeing when we have an ‘urgent need’ and in only hours abundance comes through our doors.

Just yesterday a shelter resident was stressed we were down to nearly no shampoo, body wash and our pillow supply gone with fifty (50) mean who live with us. I put the need on Facebook and in hours donations walked through our doors. He laughed in awe when he heard how quickly the needed items came in and then came in again.

Social media and generous donors get the visible credibility, but it is our God who is the Provider of all. He has all throughout history and continues where needs are the greatest.

God has given each believer a spiritual gift that He wills us to use for His glory, but we oftentimes don’t use it. YOU have spiritual gifts that can be used. If you are curious if there is a fit for you in our rescue mission, peruse volunteer opportunities and perchance a seed will be planted, too.

http://refugeofhope.org/volunteer/

Blessings,

Dawn