As most of you know, we interact with a large number of folks in need every week. Our incredible team of volunteers is with us every Sunday serving, building relationships with, and ministering to those in need on Birmingham’s streets. On Monday-Saturday one of the things we’re doing is going deeper with a smaller number of individuals that are making a concerted effort to change their circumstances. The neat thing about all of these folks is that there are people rallying around them to love on them, support them, mentor them, and show them Christ’s love. We want to take just a minute to tell you about some of the cool things that are going on with these individuals…
-There’s a young mother of two that’s working at BBVA Compass. She’s doing great in her job and her youngest child just started school in a great school system. She has made incredible strides in the past five months!
– One guy that we sponsored into a recovery program last year has made it to the final phase of the program. God opened the door for us to help him get a job at Marathon Electrical and he loves going to work each day. He is really growing in his understanding of what it will take for him to live a responsible, Christ-honoring life.
– A guy that we’ve known for three years approached us last week about going into a recovery program. He has always been a nice guy that we enjoy spending time with, but he struggled so much with his pride. He thought he could do it on his own. He’s finally coming to grip with the fact that he needs help. We’re scheduled to take him to recovery on Thursday!
-There’s a young lady from the Over the Mountain area that has been clean for the last two months. We were able to connect her with a physician in town that’s working with her on her recovery. Right now we’re in the process of seeking employment opportunities for her.
– There are three guys that were struggling and unemployed two weeks ago. HOAR Construction approached us about putting some of our guys to work. God’s timing is always amazing. They all three just started work last week and have the opportunity to make some really positive changes in their lives.
These folks come from a wide variety of upbringings and circumstances. All of them have needed our help in unique ways. One of the things we love about what God has empowered us to do is the ability to address a diverse set of needs. We’re able to assess the circumstances of each individual and seek the Lord’s guidance in how we can help. It’s an extremely personal process. Please be in pray for each of these individuals and the people that are ministering to them. They each have tough challenges ahead and we’re there to walk with them through it all.