I love my job and thank the Lord most days for the opportunity to serve Him through the Community Services Outreach Center at the Open Door Mission. My day usually begins with co-workers and myself meeting together to pass on important information and to pray. I then return phone calls, meet with food pantry clients and other case management clients. I also try to catch up on paper work and ministry projects we have coming up. I know this sounds pretty quiet and routine, but life at the Outreach Center is not normally quiet or routine. To me, at times it seems more like a Three-Ring Circus! Our days are exciting and extremely busy and we have to stay alert and focused or we might miss what God is doing in our lives and the lives of our clients. Yesterday for instance, two of our clients recommitted their lives to Christ. They came in discouraged and depressed and left encouraged with a new hope for their future.
My day is never dull because we have people from all walks of life coming through our doors. Each person or family has a unique story, and yet, there is one thing they all seem to have in common. They have experienced a recent crisis in their life or family and have come to Open Door Mission for help. We have the privilege of praying with them, sharing God’s love and helping to meet those needs through the various gifts and donations many of you have given to our Mission.
Last month we gave out 127 food pantries and over 2000 people from our community came to our Outreach Center for food, clothing, furniture and appliances. You are our partners in Christ. For without you we would not have been able to serve these people. Please continue to keep us in your prayers, and spread the word to family and friends that your gifts are not only helping to meet needs for people in our community, they are also helping to change their lives. By the way, did you know that all of your donations are given back to people in need for FREE?
So please give us a call if you would like to donate any household items, furniture, or appliances in good condition.
Please call Dan Applegate, Open Door Mission Director of Community Services at 829-1517 for any donation pickups.
Joyfully serving Jesus
Judy Collins, Open Door Mission Assistant Director of Community Services
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