“I was a stranger and you welcomed me…”
by NCC Staff
The 2015-2016 “A Night’s Welcome” winter shelter program has come to an end with New Covenant Church hosting the final week of the season. Thanks to the more than 80 youth and adult volunteers who put in more than 800 combined hours to share the love of Jesus Christ with the homeless of our community. What a blessing you were to our guests! The compassion and unconditional love you showed to our guests made them feel welcome and part of our church family. We ate together, laughed together, cried together, played games together, prayed together and worshiped together. We rejoiced in their victories as God faithfully answered their prayers.
Thanks to the more than 80 youth and adult volunteers who put in more than 800 combined hours to share the love of Jesus Christ with the homeless of our community.
We were honored to have our guests join us for Sunrise Service, Easter breakfast, and the morning services. All week long, it was a joy to see their smiling faces and hear their sincere words of thanks for even the smallest acts of kindness. We were blessed by the angelic voice of one of our guests as she sang Amazing Grace. But the greatest blessing of all was witnessing the steadfast faith of many of our guests in the midst of their circumstances. They continue to believe that God has a plan for their lives and He will bring it to pass.
When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, He replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” As we were reflecting on this, we were reminded of what Pastor Mark shared from Colossians 3 on Easter Sunday: “If you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it.” In other words, if we truly love God and claim to be Christians, then we need to follow Jesus’ example of how to love and serve others.
Thanks again to all who contributed to make this year’s “A Night’s Welcome” a huge success. Please continue to pray for our guests as they seek jobs, housing, transportation, and God’s direction for their lives. If you didn’t serve this year, we encourage you to get involved next year. All it takes is just a couple of hours of your time to make a difference for eternity. For those of you who did serve, we encourage you to share your experiences with others. Express to them what a joy it was blessing our guests and serving the Lord together as a church family.
If you are interested in other ways to serve the homeless of our community, please consider becoming involved in the Loaves and Fishes program at the HELP Day Center. As part of NCC’s Global Focus partnership with HELP, this is a monthly opportunity to share lunch and a short Bible study with the homeless who come to the Day Center to take advantage of the services that HELP offers.
To God be all the glory!
Mike & Sandie Konrad
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