The Homeless Shelter weekend takes a lot of planning, preparation and donations. And that’s before we get to the actual weekend itself. Chris and I would like to thank everyone that helped in any way for the Shelter. Year after year, we hear from our visitors how much they appreciate what we do, from the meals and warm place to sleep to the hats and gloves we provide and movies we show. It’s only a weekend and that doesn’t seem like much in the grand scheme but to those that we take in, it’s appreciated more than we realize. God calls us to do good works in His name, not just for the people that are the recipients of those deeds, but so that we can grow closer to Him in the process.
Chris first asked me to help with the Homeless Shelter about 8 years ago. At first thought, I wasn’t sure it was for me. I had minimal experience with the Homeless Shelter up to that point and felt it might be a bit too far outside of my comfort zone. However, my father, who passed away in March of 2007, used to help Chris so with that in mind, I agreed to help. Looking back on that first experience, it was a bit of a wakeup call. At a time when I was feeling sorry for myself, here were people that were just grateful to have a warm place to lay down at night. It gave me the opportunity to realize al the special and great people I still had with me and to appreciate them even more. I like to think this was God’s way of working on me, at a time when I needed His help and guidance the most…a way for me to grow close to Him.
We just wrapped up the Homeless Shelter a couple weekends ago, and unlike last year which saw its share of challenges, this year was less adventurous. We had a great group of helpers (as we always do) and thanks to all the donations received, we were able to provide what we planned for the folks that stayed with us. And they told us how much they appreciated it and how great it is that we do this. We often get this question from the people that stay with us: how often do you do this? It’s hard to admit to them that we only do it once a year but they usually respond that they’re glad we do it all. However, we do welcome any ideas as to what more we could do to help, not necessarily another shelter weekend but perhaps something we could do more often. Lastly, I wanted to send an open invite to everyone, during the Homeless Shelter weekend if you would like to come and sit and visit with our guests, please do. Even if you don’t sign up to be a monitor, the company is more than welcome!
For we are His workmanship, created In Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them – Ephesians 2:10