Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Friendships created at the FT. Wayne Rescue Mission: Bill

So many blessings come from volunteering, including meeting other volunteers who care enough to show they care on a regular basis. One of them is Kirsten who I first met in Nov. of 2017. It feels like we've been friends for years and not volunteering with her for the next four months seems like forever. Walking God's path is such a joy even when we must take a break from seeing dear friends. It's wonderful knowing there is so many caring people wanting to show the homeless they are loved.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Offer at the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission

When doing the Lord's work new opportunities come about in many forms. I pitched the idea of installing a wood shop in the new building that will be completed in 2020. This would give the men a chance to learn a new skill that's in demand not only in FT. Wayne, but nation wide.
I've been asked to come on staff six times over the past eight plus years. I've turned down taking a staff position because it just wasn't a good fit. Working at the mission teaching cabinet and furniture making would be something that fits my work experience and my personality.
Only the good Lord knows who will take a leadership role in this position three years from now, but the opportunity for men staying in the mission to learn a skill in such high demand is a win, win situation. The important thing is there will be a wood shop in the new rescue mission. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

BDM Trip : Puerto Rico Nov 2017

Hurricanes gives us such an opportunity to help others as we make so many new friends. This was true in the Caimito, Puerto Rico. Meeting Sammy's family and friends started our time there with so much planning and fellowship. Having Juan and Isabel open their house to us was wonderful. Samuel helped us in so much of our preparations and loaning us a truck saved us much needed money.
 Hearing of all the trips to the Brethren House by so many Brethren in three districts made me see how much love there is for the people in this community. Some sixty trips over twenty years is why all of us are so well received
 We began by repairing the roof of the Brethren House so we could move in. Once we were in we began work on the church/center. One of seven churches in our denomination on the island. Over the next days we worked on three parts of the structure along with three houses owned by parishioners of the church.