Monthly Archives: January 2012

Thank You

Another year has come and gone, celebrating our 15th year in 2011, and the priviledge to live out our faith remains. With each year that passes, we see our Father do miraculous things. We see these things in everyday life serving the poor and needy in our city. Matthew 25 says “Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” Living out our faith this way, is not only a privilege, it is a miracle.

It is a joy to watch the miracles, like when one of the homeless eating at our breakfast table says to me, “Mr., Mr.,..Did you organize all this or did God have something to do with it?”, or when a hard working family receives groceries and says, ” You need to know, that the food we receive, some way some how, we make it through the week.” Or when one of the moms who comes to get clothes, brings them back when her kids have outgrown them for someone else to have for their children. Or when a mom comes for size 4 diapers, and God had given us that size just that morning. Or when we bring some of the seniors over for dinner and they say they love it with us because we are family,  and us knowing that touching someone in their loneliness is a big deal! Or someone needing to move out of their apt. who doesn’t have a car, we get the privilege to move them, or when a family just coming out of a shelter moves into their new home, not having anything, we have the privilege to give them furniture and blankets. Or giving someone, living in a downtown hotel, some food and they say, “The 2 times a week I see you guys, sometimes it’s the only time I get to eat.”

There are so many miracles, so many stories, too many to tell. We want you to know that we would not be able to be here or do what we do without your prayers, support and donations. So thank you for being a part of the miracles and sharing in these stories.

Blessings to you and Thank You…..

 

This Love Isn’t Natural

It’s about a month now that I live at the City of Refuge and I got to know a lot of really nice people. I’m happy that God placed me here, cause I already see how he’s changing me through this time.

I see people that love God and actually do the things Jesus did while he was on earth, serving others. I see how they love the poor and I know that this love isn’t natural, it’s the love of our heavenly Father.
I learn to take my cross upon me and follow Jesus.
All honor belongs to Him, He is the reason we’re able to serve with thankfulness in our hearts. Cause He gave everything for us, so I want to give everything for Him.

-Elli WWAM Student (Germany)

My First Two Weeks

My first two weeks at City of Refuge have been filled with new experiences, new people, and seeing new ways to serve those in need. I have never met people before who have such a heart for serving those in needs. You can tell as soon as you come here that everyone in the community loves Jesus and has a desire to show others Jesus’ love. I look forward to really stepping out of my comfort zone and helping people while showing them the love of Jesus.

-Savannah WWAM Student (Florida)

My First Week

Wow! I’ve only been here five days and so much has happened.

I was thinking about it and at the City of Refuge about 20 people serve 1000!

I have 7 wonderful housemates. I am so excited to get to know everyone!! I get to interact with so many different people, I hope God gives me the discernment when and how much to talk about Jesus. I want to talk about Him all the time, but I realize sometimes too much, too soon can be abrasive. I believe as I trust God more, He will make it more natural. The Mission House is the bomb, Jesus’ love binds us and grow us in unity.

P.S. We all eat together (about 20 people) for dinner and that is just plain awesome.

-Lawrence WWAM Student (San Diego)