May 21, 2004

Encouraging words

This is a response to my last post “When things get messy” that I recieved from my ‘courting partner’ (JG)“I will be praying for you and the volunteers that come on Thursday nights. I thanked God last night that Vanessa thought of you instead of having her kids endangered or on the streets. God was gracious with you last night and as much of a difficult situation it was, God blessed her and her children with a place to rest. I do hope in the future that Kaleo will be able to have a fund for that kind of thing because it does get hard to take out of your own finances. I love you though for being so generous, caring, and proactive to help her. So many people pass off people everyday because they don’t want to deal with other peoples messes or they just don’t care—but you do. I love that about you:) You have a huge heart that bleeds for people as Jesus’ heart bled for all of us. Take this experience as a learning experience.” – JGIsn’t she wonderful? Well this message really lifted my spirits and encouraged me very much last night as we went out again to deliver burritos and the Gospel to the homeless. We give them burritos because they’re homeless, the Gospel because they’re lost.

posted to BS Ministry @ 11:05 am

May 20, 2004

When things get messy

Please pray for me as I am having struggles with our efforts in the Burrito Sock Ministry (BSM. Pastor David talks about how things will get messy as we grow and I fear it’s starting to get messy. I don’t want this to become a burden or to start resenting/dreading Thursday nights. I will continue to pray about it and will have a good long talk with the boys about where we’re going with this and how we’ll address the messes that are bound to arise. We can’t continue with short term fixes for long term problems. We’ll lose heart and give up altogether instead of helping several people a little bit like we do now. It’s a difficult place to be – wanting to help without feeling hopeless or discouraged. I don’t want to sacrifice feeding several people so that one person can take advantage of us.

posted to BS Ministry @ 1:05 pm

May 18, 2004

A time to pray

I’ve had some time to pray about this ministry and plan to do a lot more. I realized I wasn’t putting my faith in Christ like I should. I was trying to handle it all on my own. One change lately is that we are now funded by Kaleo. Originally, I wanted to support this ministry solely on gifts and support directly from the members of the church but we are still too small to maintain a steady flow of resources from the congregation exclusively. Instead, we will rely on money and supplies collected at church and distributed to our ministry. This will give us the added convince of always having what we need without the stress of wondering how we are to get it. I can’t tell you how many times I called PK to run over to Costco for some supplies we needed that night.I need to setup a collection box for the donated supplies and funds that people contribute on Sundays (or whenever we meet) A large sturdy box and a lockable piggy bank is all I need but finding the time can be tough. I’ll probably go piggy bank hunting this weekend but the box can probably come from anywhere. What I really need to do is generate a nice little write up of what we do and what we need. Hopefully, this BLOG of mine will be a great place for people to come and read about what we’ve experienced and what we’ve accomplished. I guess that means I’ll have to get better at story-telling then won’t I? BTW, thanks for putting up with my ramblings thus far. How do you like the new page format? This is better than the first page I used but I think I can find a better format still. This one is nice enough for now, but it lacks the personal touch that screams “Burrito and Sock Ministry”. I’m still learning the ins and outs of this blog stuff but I think it will be fun once i get into the routine of updating with new posts. Hopefully, I can get the other guys (and gals) to do some posting as well.

posted to BS Ministry @ 6:05 pm

Now I can phone it in…

Well, maybe not exactly ‘phone it in’ but now I can email new posts to the Burrito and Sock Ministry BLOG. This is mostly useful when I want to post an update without having to login (like when I’m away from my own computer) Of, course this is only true if it works. but I have faith in the system and look forward to being more active with this site. Hopefully, this will also allow more formatting, but maybe not…well, time to test it 3-2-1…

posted to News/Updates @ 6:05 pm

April 30, 2004

It’s been a while

Well, it’s been a while since I first posted, but the Ministry continues. Participation seems to have increased a little bit but contributions are still a little low. I’m not sure how to best get people involved, but it’s not good for the three of us to keep shelling out the funds for this. It only costs about $15-30 a week but that adds up over time. I don’t mind (this is part of my gifting to the church) but I’d really like to see others involved. This is currently the only formal outreach our church does so it’s not like everyone is committed to other programs. At the same time, I don’t want to bully or guilt people into giving. I’ll continue to pray about it and trust that God will provide as needed.In other news…our visits to the homeless have proven to be very successful. It’s tempting to measure success in terms of conversions et al but true success is when you connect with someone. The homeless are really no worst off than any of us. They are victims of their own desires and sinful nature as the rest of us are/were. We hope to just show them God’s love and patience and to live as examples as Christ has called us. So many ‘Christians’ try to convince or even attack non-believers but this is not what we are called to do. We are called to spread the gospel but not inflict it. We have to submit to the sovereignty of God and realize that only God can convert some one, we are only the means He uses to accomplish this. Often, we are only a portion of the means used. We may be the first real conversation some one has or the last before they ‘see the light’ but never the whole method.One thing I notice is that despite how broken and ‘jacked’ these people are, they continue to live in their sin (like all lost do) and they do it with the same conviction as anybody else. When taken to this extreme (living on the street) and seeing how they continue to not recognize their sinful nature, you have to accept that you can not talk somebody ‘into’ Christianity. God must change their heart so that they can hear the truth and understand it.I’m losing steam so I’ll pick this up later. Be sure to visit www.kaleo.com to read some really good stuff.

posted to BS Ministry @ 2:04 pm

February 16, 2004

And so it begins

Greetings and Salutations.This is the first blog report for the Burrito/Sock Ministry. Actually, it’s just the test run of the program but it will have to do for now.

posted to BS Ministry @ 2:02 pm

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