Reaching Beyond Hunger to Meet a Deeper Need
Updated: Oct 3, 2022
In Matthew 25:40 we read, “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of Mine, you did for Me.’”
Every day at 4:30 pm the Christian Care Center Men’s Residence serves a hot meal to the public. We have created a Patio in the shade for those to come and eat a delicious meal, but we do more than just feed them food. Every day we have a short devotion and prayer time with the guests. We treat them with the dignity that they deserve and minister to their needs.
One day, a gentleman came to the dinner on the patio with the intentions to just eat a meal and go on. He was recently released from jail and, without having many options as to where to go, he went to the first place available.
He was trying to stay sober and work, but the house he went to live in had other occupants who were using drugs and alcohol all around him, so he picked up and left. This left him homeless, anxious and depressed. So, he did what he knew best and picked his addiction back up.
Hungry, recently off a drug binge, and desperate, he came to the Men’s Residence just to eat. He spoke about what was going on and how he felt he was at the red sea of his life. He had nowhere to go no way out of this mess…BUT GOD!!!
One of residents told this man to go around to the front of the building and speak to the directors. He had finished eating, and he could have just returned to the despair but instead, led by God, he made it to the front door.
After speaking with the directors, he was given the opportunity to spend the night, take a shower and attend the classes. He cried out of gratitude. God was parting his Red Sea, but it was up to him to walk through.
The next day, he sat through the classes and struggled, but he didn’t run. The day after, he struggled, but he didn’t run. So far, he is at his 30-day mark, his relationship with his parents is being restored, his health has improved and there is peace in his heart.
Many times, when we do something small such as feed someone in need, we are doing much more than putting food in their belly; we are planting seeds of love, hope, peace and joy through our Lord’s grace and mercy.
If you would like to be a part of God’s work at the Men’s Residence by financial partnership, prayer partnership, or volunteer opportunities please email Jamie@christiancarecenter.org.