A Home For Rehabilitation & Strengthening
We recently started to work with an organization that has rehabilitation houses spread all across the country. In some of the houses, there are families including families of single mothers. In each rehabilitation house, a congregation is formed. When the congregation reaches 50 people, the organizers open a new house. In these houses there are many needs and people with financial problems. Some because of their past and others because of the cultural difference due to most of them being new immigrants. In our opinion, there is a great need for help, and this will take time and effort.
We have already begun to work with a man living in one of these houses. He was a drug addict in the past, but has now been sober for a few years. He is still trying to get out of debt that he has accumulated. We helped him monetarily with some of his debts, and have been giving him financial counseling. He will be joining our seminar on how to help others with finances.
Another young man we are working with comes from an African background. He grew up in a believing family but slipped between the cracks, and became homeless and a drug addict. In the past year, he has changed his life around and has been sober since. He doesn’t have any support system, and isn’t taking advantage of his rights. We will accompany him through this process of change.
We are in constant need of prayer because we are being exposed to these kinds of stories on a daily basis. We don’t have “formulas” for these people. We try to meet each person that has fallen between the cracks, listen to them, build them up and consider how to best help them in their specific situation.
Our main priority is to be able to listen, empathize, and love. To see these people eye to eye. To renew the hope and trust in people again, and help them rebuild their trust in God, that He truly cares and loves.
All of this requires sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, and the ability to let the fruits of the Spirit work through us in this world, where we mainly focus on ourselves, on our wisdom, knowledge and experience. It is not always an easy effort to listen to the Holy Spirit and not lean on our experience and knowledge, or to what we see with our own eyes.
Therefore, we ask that you would stand with us in prayer. That although we are being exposed, we would still be sensitive and creative.
Finally, we ask for your prayers for our upcoming volunteer seminar focusing on family finances. There will be volunteers from all over, and we are hoping this will help the body across the country.
It is not always easy to push and encourage people to volunteer, but we see it as a great need. We are trying to organize a seminar of four meetings in the month of June, and we still don’t have enough people who are interested.
We are praying for at least 10-15 people who are willing to take part in this volunteer program. If it’s on your heart, please get in touch with us here.
Thank you for standing with us! We are grateful for each and every one.
God bless you.