Vision for Ministering to the Wounded is Coming to Pass
by Charles Pretlow 02/07/2017
With just one month outreach on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Loaves and Fishes a small move of God has begun. About 14 more people are attending Sunday fellowship, where about eight are from the shelter and others are coming from the community by word of mouth.
So far, the sharing and instruction has vetted those coming, where each demonstrate a serious attitude about Christ becoming Lord and are willing to enter God’s recovery program.
Two men have committed themselves to discipleship, mentoring, and instruction, working towards being released for ministry to help God’s wounded and the lost. One from the shelter and one by word of mouth who said he went to just about every church in the area, finding none faithful to the true Gospel—except MCCF.
Our Tuesday and Thursday meetings at Loaves and Fishes are suspended for now as another ministry has been invited for the next month to bring instruction. This is a welcomed break to give us time to adjust, consolidate, and disciple those now attending.
Hopefully, I can find time to finish the recovery workbook and the jump start life workbook. One of our future goals is to expand the Jump Start Life and Overcoming Through Christ ministry to the prisons here in Fremont County (over 15 in our area), and introduce this work to other missions and shelters in the state of Colorado and beyond. All to be done in bite sized chunks as the Lord leads.
Over the years, the Holy Spirit has consistently shown us that we must be ready for an influx of people waking up to the truth. The first wave coming will become equipped to minister during the coming end-of-this-age Midnight Cry Awakening. We have fought hard to get to this juncture, and now we are experiencing even greater pushback from the enemy.
Your prayers and financial support are needed more than ever. Through the years, we have refused to water down the Gospel message enticing the healthy and wealthy to bolster funding. Our continuation of this work has succeeded by miracle upon miracle, along with faithful support from each team member and a few members of our Internet family.
We now have our nursery and a youth activity area set up, as several families now attend with toddlers and youngsters. We are caravanning on Sunday mornings to give rides to fellowship and back for those at the shelter.
Our prayer request is for lump sum funds to come in and cover the purchase of a used 12 seat passenger van (good condition) and to pay off lines of credit and other debt. So, we are asking our Heavenly Father for a $50,000 shot in the arm. However, whatever amount comes in we will make do with.
Offerings and donations come from those attending fellowship, however few have much to give, so we refrain from pressuring the poor, or for that matter anyone. We trust God to encourage those with the means to give generously what they can, cheerfully, with no reluctance due to pressure, or from compulsion with the thought that giving to this work will bring them blessings. (The give-to-get doctrine that many ministries use to manipulate increased donations.)
Our weekly needs are increasing for such things as snacks for the nursery and child care on Sundays as well as help with lunch for those coming from the shelter during the week. Loaves and Fishes provides an evening dinner, a bed for the night and breakfast. Each client must leave the shelter by 7:45 AM and not return until 4:00 PM, thus most walk to town looking for a job, to deal legal matters or errands, or go to Walmart to stay warm; few have funds for lunch.
We are trying our best to help those who bear fruit of having a genuine “want to” for recovery: to provide computer time, use of the ministry fax, and a hot lunch. So far two are coming during the day. Others are coming to our Thursday night recovery meetings, after they are on their own and left the shelter. My counseling appointments have increased dramatically, so I am spending more time at the facilities counseling, mentoring, and directing those coming during the day to earn some cash by cleaning, organizing, and doing other ministry projects.
The main motive for this aspect of our ministry comes from the following passage:
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me…. as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” Matthew 25:35-40
We have experienced that the broken hearted and wounded, and those down and out are much more receptive to all that Christ taught, and demonstrate a deep hunger for the healing ministry of the Holy Spirit—coming to Christ on God’s terms.
“And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ But when he heard it, he said, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.’” (Matthew 9:11-13).
Here is an opportunity to donate, if you can. Please pray. Thank you.
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