Thursday, October 14, 2010

birth of a dream

Proverbs 19:17 (NLT)
If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord—and he will repay you!

For sometime our church family has known that God was going to use us to open a homeless shelter here in our community.  We have sought God, prayed and kept our eyes open.  We have seen need after need arise in front of us, and our hearts have been heavy.

I have to tell you today that I have seen the birth of a dream.  Right in front of me today God opened up and blessed us.  He gave us the use of 2 houses in Martinsville.  This has been our prayer, and God did it right.

I have been meeting with a distinguished elderly lady who has a heart to minister to ex-offenders.  Not long ago she shared with some of our team about 2 houses she has and wants to use to serve men who are in need.  We began praying then.  Earlier this week I asked one of our volunteer to call this lady and ask to have lunch with her today.  We did and God moved.

One of the houses is an old boarding house with many bedrooms.  The other house is a duplex.  Neither is livable today, yet God has plans and he has people around us ready to go to work.

God put in my heart His plan and the vision to open The Community Dream Center which includes helping people who are homeless and in transition.  Well, in our hands today are the tools to begin working this.  Literally, it is the birth of a dream that God planted in my heart.

Can you tell that I am excited?  No doubt more people who are hopeless are going to find home, people who are hungry are going to be fed, people who are broken are going to be rebuilt and people are homeless are going to have a place to stay.  Why?  It is all because God has a plan to build people's dreams as they come into contact with Jesus.

God is good ... all the time.

Matthew 25:35 (NASB)
'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;

2 comments:

Artsdeco said...
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iShadowROCKS21 said...

Amen!! That was a very inspirational story. I do agree God does move & we should never lose sight of the things he promises us. When all seems out the window he is only preparing the plan & our hearts for the blessing! You're story has given me a little more hope for the things yet to come! Praise be to Him!

happy birthday, Julie

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