God's Love Displayed

At the Winter Shelter Ministry

February. 25, 2019

Praise God for how He uses the unique gifts of many individuals and groups to serve our Winter Shelter guests! We had 68 guests for dinner and 32 overnight guests last Thursday.


In addition to all the volunteers' tireless efforts with the set-up, overnight sleepover, early morning cleanup and laundry which are providing basic necessities, other loving acts of ministry are being displayed as well.


For example, on the last Valentine's Day, many from our Children's Ministry came for the first time to bless our guests with music and treats. A crew from the Youth Group joined, and stayed to play incredibly beautiful worship music during the singing & sharing hour of the evening. 


The breakfast crew got up as early as 3 AM Friday morning to prepare a delicious hot breakfast for our guests and everyone appreciated the hot meals and love very much. (Sign up to help with Friday morning breakfast)


Just last Thursday night, a guest expressed the sentiment of many, that our church is the warmest and most welcoming group... all praise be to God. Small acts of kindness do not go unnoticed by God, as He says that "whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me" (Matthew 25:40b). 


Old-comers and newcomers have been filling up the large room for singing & sharing, where people gather, encourage one another along, and openly express what they understand of truth and the gospel. Goals for that hour include fellowship, evangelism and extending Jesus' incarnational presence. 


There are some believers among our guests, often with amazingly strong character shaped by hardships, as well as sincere seekers. Although the hour does not always go as expected, the Holy Spirit does His work. 


Last Thursday night, one guest was drunk and argumentative, causing some tension (and humor) in the group... One of our volunteer consistently responded with grace, reminding us that we all fall short of God's glory and can stand by His grace alone... so who are we to judge one another? 


Thank you all for your acts of service, which are being used by God to weave together a tapestry of His love. If you would like to part of this ministry, we need more volunteers on both Thursday and Friday. Sign up here

Winter Shelter Ministry

December 6, 2018 - March 28, 2019

We strive to follow God's calling to reach out, serve and evangelize. Through the Winter Shelter Ministry, we seek to work together to bring God's love to the poor, lost and needy.


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We desire to hear God say to us: "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me" (Matthew 25:35-36). As we serve those in need, we are serving Christ.



Testimonials


"The Winter Shelter Program provided an opportunity for new CCCTO members such as myself to understand the meaning of serving in our Lord’s name. This is truly a humbling yet invaluable experience for me. One important take away was that we learned to serve others without any judgment, to be more patient and to serve with joy."


"Many people from our church family selflessly offered their labor to help run the operations, purchase supplies, recruit volunteers through online sign-ups, maintain security and orderliness, prepare the dinner tables, wipe down tables, empty the trash, wash dishes, wash the laundry, clean the bathrooms, distribute bedding supplies and provide breakfast – the fruits of our labor were that we were able to show God’s love to the poor through gifts of service, food, shelter and hospitality."



"Although we had just done it once so far, the purpose of conducting the Winter Shelter Program is not only assisting our friends in need but also shaping our own character and experiencing God’s grace, mercy, and miracle at the same time from the inside out."



"Despite my own inadequacies, our limited experience and facilities, and the mistakes we may have made along the way, I believe that people were blessed through our efforts and that God was honored as we stepped out to serve others. Several homeless guests complimented our church as being exceptionally friendly and welcoming to them. Others expressed interest in knowing more about Jesus as we engaged in spiritual conversations with them. A couple of the guests even declared a new-found faith in Jesus Christ! In addition to blessing others, we ourselves were blessed. We as a church body grew deeper in compassion and deeper in awareness of how to work together for the benefit of others in our community. Our relationships rose to a higher level as we united to serve a cause greater than ourselves."



"We won’t perform an act of kindness because it is convenient; we do that because it is needed."