We are often asked what a “typical” Urban Purpose day looks like. Most people are familiar with the Sunday meal part of the ministry, but when it comes to the remaining six days in the week, what exactly are Jim, Mark and EG up to? Each day looks different for us so it’s tough to define a typical day. We’ve come to find it much simpler to Live Blog and give you a glimpse at what UP does throughout the week.
We’re grateful for your interest in what we do and continually covet your prayers as we stand up alongside Birmingham’s broken and needy seven days a week. Some of what we do on a daily basis is pretty sensitive stuff for the person we’re working with, so we’ll have to be careful about how much detail we give. We hope you enjoy keeping up with us throughout the day and we hope it sheds some light on what exactly we do in a “typical” day. We hope that keeping up with us today will encourage you guys to be in prayer for the many broken and hurting in our city.
We’ll blog as we go today, so be checking back for updates!
8:45am- I (Mark) am heading to pick up a guy that we met downtown to take him to the Social Security office. He is trying to get a new card as he is applying for jobs. We’ve met with him a couple of times and while he has a number of struggles, he has a lot of potential. Pray for fruitful conversations as I talk to him about what it is going to take to get him back on his feet.
9:00am- Jim is meeting with our contractor at the office to check on progress and make a plan as construction moves forward.
9:30am- I (EG) am taking one of the ladies we work with to counseling this morning. These weekly counseling visits are a vital part of what we do. Our prayer is to see total healing in the lives of those we work with and Christian counseling and psychological care are a huge part of that process.
9:35am- Picking up the guy this morning fell through. He claims he tried to call me (Mark) all morning, but his phone was messing up. No way to know if that’s true or not, but this is something we deal with regularly. The people we work with didn’t get in these spots by being the best communicators or planners. It’s frustrating, but it’s part of the process. Hoping for an opportunity to get together with him down the road.
10:15am- We’re all meeting up at Starbucks for a while to knock out some admin work. Our Boston Butt fundraiser is tomorrow and Saturday so we’re getting everything in place for that as well as catching up on emails. There’s always a balance we have to strike between ministry and administrative work.
10:30am– Jim’s office meeting went well this morning. Framing should wrap up this week and we hope to start hanging drywall and complete painting soon. We are projected to start moving in as scheduled after November 1.
11:30am- We are finished with counseling for the day. We’re taking the same lady to get a random drug test and we’re hopeful that she’s still clean.
12:15pm- A lot of times we get the most honesty from folks in the parking lot of the drug testing lab. People will stick to their guns the whole way there, but pulling into that parking lot brings out the confessions. Fortunately, today we didn’t get a parking lot confessional, so we feel good about the results.
12:30pm- Between appointments, errands and meeting with people, we spend a good bit of our time in the truck. Thanks, Jim for the “transportation photo.”
2:15pm- Just got off the phone with our graphic designer talking about our year-end promotional piece. Pretty excited about how it’s going to turn out and show some awesome glimpses of what God’s done this year.
2:45pm- Mark and Jim are headed to Flex Digital to pick up the promotional pieces for the Boston Butt sale this weekend. I (EG) went to work on the admin side of Boston Butt to be sure everything is lined up and ready to go. Everything is coming together and we’re looking forward to a great fundraiser!
3:45pm- Before we finished up for the day, I (Mark) prepped weekend medication that we deliver to someone everyday. This is an accountability measure that we put into place to help prevent drug abuse. Regulating medication for the people we work with helps to remove the temptation to misuse meds, sell them, or overdose. Much of what we do involves daily accountability in the small areas.
4:00pm- We wrapped up a little early today because it’s going to be a busy weekend with the Boston Butt Sale. Mark is headed out tonight to help bottle and label the Urban Purpose BBQ Sauce that we’ll be selling this weekend. It will be available Friday and Saturday at the Boston Butt pick up for $5 a bottle. You can also purchase new t-shirts or preorder a hoodie at pickup. If you missed the post on t-shirts, check it out here.
Thanks for keeping up with us today! We hope it shed some good light on what day-to-day ministry looks like for us. Ministry isn’t always huge or flashy; it’s more about the relationships and daily decisions. We just do life alongside people and are privileged to do what we do. It is in the everyday, seemingly mundane tasks that God uses us where we are to make a difference for him. Whether going to counseling, the grocery store or work, our hope and prayer is that we will minister and love well in the name of Jesus. We hope today has been a helpful look into Urban Purpose!