This morning as we prayed, I visualized a torch. When I shared this, Jennifer said she envisioned us hugging numerous people. She stated she felt like the people we encountered were to feel the hands of God on them. Just as she said that, I looked up and noticed we were in front of First United Methodist Church. I commented that FUMC has a ministry called Helping Hands and it usually open on Saturday mornings. When we pulled up, the parking lot was full. We believed we were exactly where the Lord wanted us.
We went inside and asked for permission to pray with the individuals seeking assistance. We first went to the clothing closet and Jennifer recognized the mother to one of the children she watches at daycare. We were able to pray for her and offer her encouragement. We also prayed for Brenda and Kim who were both seeking employment. They both shared how our prayers were right on time! On our way out, we prayed with one of the volunteers for the Lord to continue blessing the volunteers and the ministry.
From Helping Hands, we went to the Salvation Army. I recognized one of ladies that had resided at the shelter I used to work at. We had an opportunity to catch up on how she was doing and I met the mother of someone I was in recovery with. I was able to pray with them and promised to meet up with them in the near future.
Meanwhile, Chris prayed with a gentleman sitting a crossed the table and discovered he was the brother of someone Chris knew at church. We thought it was interesting how the Lord revealed to us just how close we were to hurting and homeless people everyday. Some people we are in direct contact with and some people who have a loved one affected.
Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.”