It was a dimly lit dinner. Four men sharing a meal together, enjoying conversation. The conversation flowed; they talked about everything from current events to religion. It was filled with laughter and personal stories. As their meal seemed to be coming to an end, the men decided to pray for one another before they parted ways.
One of the men was from Mexico and wanted to take some leftover food to people in need, even though he himself would qualify as someone “in need”. He lives in Mexico because he can't afford to live in San Diego. He rents a room South of the border for a fraction of the price it would cost here.
The men to his right and his left are homeless and sleep on the sidewalks of Downtown San Diego. The three of them were waiting in line at a local shelter. I was the fourth guest at dinner that night. Some friends and I had brought some food, drinks, and snacks and spent time with those waiting for shelter (many of which were turned away for lack of space).
That night, instead of sitting around a table, we stood around a green electrical box, on a dark street, in a rough part of town. The setting and the occasion may not have been ideal, but at this dinner these 4 men from different backgrounds shared some beautiful fellowship and met with the God of creation. Each man was in need of encouragement and prayer, including myself. It was a simple dinner, but it was a powerful experience, at which heaven met Earth.
A lot of what we do downtown seams simple. We give away clothing, we give away food, we meet new people, we build relationships and grow old friendships, we share His word, we pray for others (and others pray for us), we sing together, we laugh together and we cry together. But, with God, even the simplest action done with love can go further than we know. Sometimes a handshake can bring a grown man to tears, sometimes eye contact can make someone feel like a million dollars, sometimes a clean outfit can get someone the job they need to get off the street. Whatever it is we find ourselves doing in life and ministry, may we do it with the love of Christ. Our constant prayer is that He would go before us and behind us, and He would minister in ways we can not. We pray that he would use our actions to demonstrate His great love.
“Do ordinary things with extraordinary love.”- Mother Teresa
We have been partnering with Such as I Have Ministries for a little over one month now. It has been so exciting! We have opened up “The Pantry” each week and many have come to receive from God's provision. We launched a weekly Bible study, which is going great! The group is growing and many who are coming have expressed how much they “needed something like this” and that their “faith seems to be growing” or others come in just looking for a “peaceful place” or simply because they “need prayer”. It is a privilege to be able to serve God's people in these ways!
We are thankful to be a part of what God is doing.
If you would like to support us in ministry please contact us by email to find out how you can help. We are currently in need of MEN'S CLOTHING (especially pants and new socks).
If you would like to come down and help serve at the pantry or join us for Bible study, or simply check things out, let us know and we will give you the details. We would love to connect with you!