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Give Thanks

November 22, 2019 |

1 Chronicles 16:34 – Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

This verse is repeated several times throughout scripture.  It has been repeated many times in my own prayers over my lifetime.  We have so many reasons to give thanks at HSHM.  God has given us holy work to do, to share Christ’s love with those around us.  God has provided willing hands and spirits to do this work.   It is humbling to think of the thousands of people who have contributed food, funds, and volunteer time towards our Thanksgiving observance.  Just as our “Jesus Cares” sign serves as a beacon in the dark November night, I pray that all of us will be beacons, sharing the light of Christ with all we encounter.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Turning strangers into friends

November 8, 2019 |

3 John 1:5 - Dear friend, when you extend hospitality to Christian brothers and sisters, even when they are strangers, you make the faith visible.  

There is a saying, "Strangers are friends you haven't met yet."  At Home Sweet Home Ministries, our employees and volunteers have opportunities to turn strangers into friends every day.  Our mission statement states that we will "demonstrate Christ's love."  Our interactions with strangers is a perfect opportunity to do just that.  Every day dozens of people call or come into our shelter with a variety of requests.  Every day hundreds of people drop off donations and shop at Mission Mart.  Every day hundreds of donors contribute to Home Sweet Home Ministries, making our work possible.  Every day we interact with vendors, contractors, and volunteers.  I am grateful for all the ways in which our employees and volunteers make faith visible, demonstrate Christ's love, and turn strangers into friends.

Be joyful in HOPE, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayerRomans 12:12