This teaching resonates strongly with me:
Reminds me of Lynn Stringfellow’s post on Social Justice.
Christianity Today recently published an article telling a little about how River City Ministry is making a positive difference in ‘the meanest city to the homeless’.
Read the full article in Christianity Today here.
What they don’t mention in their story is that over 100 people a year on average are giving their lives to Jesus, and more than that are being restored in their relationship with Him. RCM is feeding people, but not just with physical food. Intentional efforts are made to share food that never spoils, and God continues to bless them.
To read past WCW posts pertaining to River City Ministry, click here.
Anthony Wood shared a great thought with his email subscribers today:
11/15/11 Rain, Lord. What a wonderful way to replenish a dry earth. The sound makes for such relaxing rest. It was tough to get out of the bed this morning hearing the pitter patter of soft rainfall. Soothing, melodic, comforting, a blessing to Your Creation.
And, then I saw him. Drenched, cold, shivering, wild eyed from a sleepless night in clothes heavy with water.
He came straight to me this morning, “bro. Anthony, you poured water all over me!” I wasn’t sure what he meant, but I was glad that he was smiling. All I could muster was a puzzled look of “I’m not sure I know what your talking about.”
“I was on the road, I waved and hollered, but you passed on by.” I didn’t see him. I had my mind on getting to RCM for the work You assigned for me today. My eyes weren’t open to see the work I passed by on the road to RCM. Jesus.
Your work, Lord, is never a place to go to, a location. Your work is not where I go but as I go. Today I missed it.
I wasn’t as attentive to where You were working, ministering, serving. I passed him by. I was somewhere else. I wasn’t present where I was present. So, in that moment Your presence could not be enjoyed by a cold and soaked man on the road.
Lord, open my eyes to fellow travelers on the road, to see You Jesus, in all who need a caring, loving hand of help. Never let me be blinded to those whom society refuses to acknowledge and disregard as less than human, or as a problem. Never let me turn away from those whom You present before me, who in truth, are You, one of the least of these.
Open my eyes that I might always see You on the road, wet and cold, needing a ride to RCM.
Lord, when did we see you … Matthew 25:31-46, NIV
Anthony Wood, Assistant Director
River City Ministry
North Little Rock, AR
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