And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV
In 2015, the Methodist churches in Brockton, under the leadership of Pastor Abraham Waya, began discerning where God was leading our congregations in ministry. The result of that discernment was the formation of a ministry for the homeless, which we now call L Street Mission, hosted at Central United Methodist Church.
From the beginning, this outreach has been based on God's providence. When asked about leadership, our answer is "God." We do not operate with a budget, but there has never been a day we've been open when we have yet to be able to provide the essentials needed for existence living on the streets. When the pandemic halted indoor operations, we served outdoors. One Easton church made 80-100 bag lunches every day for a year. What we do at L Street is possible because many volunteers have responded to God's call to this ministry with their generous donations of time and goods.
Our love for God and those we serve is at the heart of this ministry. Before each meal, a volunteer will share scripture, devotion, and prayer. Most importantly, it is sitting with our brothers and sisters, listening to their struggles, and praying with them. We also serve communion once a month to any who wish to receive. When you leave on Saturday afternoon, you've encountered God, having experienced what Jesus did and what we're asked to do.
L Street is just one example. You can respond in faith to what God calls you to do with the assurance that he will bless and provide.
Father, thank you for providing all we need at all times. Help us to be unafraid and obedient to the Spirit's guidance. We step boldly into strange new places with complete confidence that you go before us. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.
If you're interested in learning more about L Street Mission, contact me at email@example.com.