As a Christian, my knowing that I belong to Christ is strengthened as I read His words to his disciples as he was leaving them,
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” John 14:1-2
These words comfort me, for I know that Christ is preparing my place in heaven because I have accepted Him as my savior. I can only imagine what that day will be like, but I smile as I think about it as when my Grandmother made preparations for my holiday visits. The warmth I knew as she welcomed and loved on me is priceless and especially during the holidays, when my heart longs for those times. But, Christ’s words may seem hollow and meaningless if a person does not have a relationship with Him and it can be hard to understand and accept God’s love and plans, if a person has not experienced kindness and love by another in there life. Sadly, this is the situation of most that we serve at Open Door Mission. They come without a sense of belonging or welcomed by anyone in the world.
The joy of ministry in the Housing Department is that amongst the paper work, audits, and deadlines of my days, my number one responsibility is to be welcoming. It is a great day to see a smile when a person comes into my office burdened with the insecurity of homelessness and they leave knowing that we have been preparing a place for them. Great to know that my co-workers and Open Door Mission volunteers will continue to show acts of kindness in the days ahead. My prayer is that through these acts of love, our guest’s hearts will start to heal and that they, too, will come to accept Jesus as their Savior. That His words of promise will no longer sound hollow, but will bring a guest comfort and an assurance that they belong in Christ’s kingdom.
Thank you for being a part of Open Door Mission, sharing your love to many!
Ronda Nelson. Housing Department.