When thinking through what all the Lord has taught us in 2014, there were a number of invaluable lessons learned. These next couple of weeks we are excited to share with you how the Lord has been shaping us to be more like Him
In 2014, we are thankful that God has called all of his people to work as different parts of the body of Christ so that He may be most glorified. Over the years, God has brought an abundance of people to us with different gifts, talents and resources all with a desire to share the gospel within the city of Birmingham. If it were not for these people, Urban Purpose would not be thriving and growing and most importantly, sharing the gospel, as it has. While there are more people working with us than we can remember to thank, we thought we’d try anyways.
Thank you to the many, many families and individuals that have supported the ministry over the years financially and with tangible goods. By giving to our ministry you have been a crucial part in making an impact on in the lives of the broken and hurting. Whether this came from counseling appointments, furnishing apartments, clothing those in need, providing housing, helping with children, and a number of other necessities, these people know that they are loved because of your donations. You are ministering to these people in ways that you may never know and may never get to see, but we are eternally grateful for your constant support.
Thank you to the hundreds of people who have volunteered their time to show love to those who need it most. On Sunday’s when there is a line of people waiting for a hot meal, there are always people that are willing to serve with smiles on their faces. They have served in the rain, snow, blistering sun and mighty winds- nothing has held these volunteers back. The impact that a listening ear, a smile and a friendly conversation can have on these people is immeasurable. From the ones we see weekly to the new faces we meet on Sunday, we are thankful for your sacrifice and desire to serve Jesus by serving others.
Thank you to our board members, who have seen, heard and felt all that goes on behind the scenes and in the daily grind of this ministry. Thank you for being a constant source of wisdom for business, financial, legal and ministerial needs. Thank you for your prayers for the three of us as we figure out how the Lord wants to lead us in doing His work. You are the backbone and the brains behind this ministry and Urban Purpose would not be standing here today without you.
Thank you so much to all of the ministries and businesses that have partnered with us over the years by helping us with sponsorships, jobs and reaching out to others. For the businesses that have hired our men and women as their employees and took a chance on someone who did not deserve it, we thank you for your commitment to show grace in the workplace. Thank you to the groups of people that have stood alongside our people as they go through the hurts and trials of this life. You have generously given your time and opened your homes, families and hearts to those that are in need. You never blink an eye when we’ve asked for you to go above and beyond what was asked of you. For this we thank you.
Lastly, but most importantly, we want to thank all of you that have been our prayer warriors. For we know that apart from him, we can do nothing.
I am the vine and you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
Without all of you, and many more, the work that Urban Purpose has been given the privilege to do would not be possible. What we have realized more than anything is that it takes an army of people to reach the lost, and the Father has generously provided this again and again. This army of steadfast believers (to use a very overused saying) has been the hands and feet of Jesus to a lost and dying world.