Homeless Ministry

    By: Irene Phillips

    February 13th, 2020

    In: Trips

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God has given me a heart for working with the homeless.  During our pre-Christmas trip we arranged a carol service at the Homeless Shelter with around 60 people present with a ratio of around 50/50 men and women.  Some we meet every year but there are always new faces.  Thank you to our team for leading the carols – the homeless all joined in and some were emotional.  One man touched my heart so much – he was staying back and the tears were running off his chin – sometimes words are not necessary but a hug can make all the difference,  After a while he came forward as we served hot pizza, bags of fresh fruit and hot tea.  They all loved their Christmas gifts of filled toilet bags, hats, scarves, gloves and socks.  What a blessed night – I was in no hurry to leave.

Twice during the trip we visited with food and gifts other homeless men living under a bridge.  They were so appreciative and I was reunited with a guy called “D” whom I had known for many years whilst living in Romania.  We were both so excited to see each other.  I asked where his friend “D” was and sadly he told me he had drowned in a lake a few weeks before.  I felt so sad and it reminded me of so many we had lost over the years.  For privacy reasons I am not supplying pictures from inside the shelter, but only of our team.