Faith Church International is thinking seriously about the mission the Lord wants the church to undertake (Matt. 25:31-46). Recently they decided to visit and serve the homeless—to interact with the brothers and sisters in the shelter and hear their life stories.
This was very emotional at first. As Adventists we are so accustomed to living within communities where people have good jobs, good houses and good families. This visit was really an eye opener for some members, who discovered that people in shelters are not bad people. Anyone can end up in a shelter. One mistake can land someone in trouble with the law and in jail and the consequences can follow for the rest of their lives.
Faith Church International members realize that God has called the church to minister to people who are hungry, homeless or those struggling financially. The joy and gratitude expressed by these brothers and sisters became a driving motivation. God can bring good out of any situation and He is definitely doing so with this visit to the shelter. The church members who participated feel very close to each other and see their role in the mission of the church.
“As we interacted with these brothers and sisters, we saw the good in them and at the same time our faith was reinforced; a new spirit for service was born. Our members gained a new perspective on life,” said David Kamande, an elder at Faith Church International. “There is a determination to work for the good of others in showing sympathy, winning their confidence, and inviting them to follow Jesus.”