Witnessing God’s Love and Grace in Action
I am always so grateful when I see how God is using caring people like you to provide critical resources, encouragement and care to men, women and children experiencing hunger and homelessness. More than that, it humbles me that God has given us the privilege of being part of the real life transformation that takes place here.
And a crucial turning point in that transformation is when our guests learn the most important lesson we could ever share: that God loves them. That God forgives their sins through the finished work of His son, Jesus Christ — who lived, died and was raised to new life to redeem us from all of our mistakes, guilts and sins. When they embrace that truth by faith, that’s when real transformation happens.
The precious people who embark in our programs grow in so many ways. They learn how to work as part of a team, gain skills and training in practical areas like food service or housekeeping, and they develop important soft skills, like time management and budgeting. They also learn how to build healthy relationships, as well as create a supportive community that will hold them accountable.
But when they truly understand that transformation takes faith, time and hard work, and that they have God’s help, as well as the support of the Christian community — that’s when they realize the truth of Philippians 1:6 (NIV): “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
What a privilege we have to witness God’s love and grace in action as lives are transformed through Jesus each and every day. Thank you for being a part of this miraculous work!
Patrick H. Vanderburgh, D.Min.