Return of the Lost Sheep

Jul 25, 2009  |     |   General

As a Volunteer Associate, I get the privilege of working alongside many generous and hard-working volunteers on a daily basis. Although I have only been working here at Open Door Mission for 2 short weeks, I have already found that Friday’s are an extra blessing in my week because we are not only able to help the mission and the people we serve here, but we get the opportunity to go out into the community and help those who are in need of food by handing out sack lunches.

This past Friday, July 17th, I was able to visit with a woman who briefly shared her story and how the efforts of Open Door Mission have helped her change her life. Once dependant upon drugs for her survival, she shared that she now depends fully on God and His strength to get her through her days. She has been physically transformed from a thin and frail, drug abusing and hurting woman into a healthy, vibrant and energetic daughter of the Most High God. More importantly however, she has been spiritually transformed by the grace and love of Christ. She told us that while she gives ultimate credit to God and His transforming power, she also made it a point to mention that Open Door Mission was the vessel through which He accomplished His great purposes in her life.

Hearing her tell her story brought tears to my eyes as I realized how true Jesus’ words are in Matthew 18:12-14 when he tells the parable of the Lost Sheep. Jesus tells us that “If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost”

This woman was once that lost sheep but has now been found by the amazing grace of God, and although it may seem insignificant to some, I believe that if this woman’s life was the only one that Open Door Mission had a hand in changing, all our work and efforts would still be worth it. The angels are rejoicing over this woman’s decision to follow Christ and we should be rejoicing right along with them!

Nicole Ricely

Volunteer Associate