Subject: West Side Update - February 2
February 2, 2015
“Even though we started with prayer and orientation, I still felt unprepared when it came time for us to go,” says Dave Herman, who participated through Hope For New York in the last year’s Don’t Walk By, an annual collaboration where volunteers canvas the streets of Manhattan offering assistance to the homeless. “That was just fear. Our job was pretty easy: direct people back to the church to get whatever help they needed—food, medical and hygienic supplies, employment counseling, etc. All we had to do was to be the messengers.
“It seems pretty unappealing to spend a Saturday afternoon walking around in the cold outside with people you don ‘t know in a low-income neighborhood,” Dave admits. “It didn’t seem that many people were outside anyway, and those that were didn’t want much help. Finally a young man walked by us. It didn’t seem like he was going anywhere in particular, and the best way to describe his body language is that he was ‘searching.’ We prayed, then I approached him and asked if he wanted free food (a good opener, right?). Then we got to share that all these services were available. If I remember correctly, I think his mother (or grandmother) was unable to leave the apartment, so he was especially grateful that he could get extra food for her. We made a call, the HFNY van picked him up to go to the church, and we kept walking.”
“That’s the only man we encountered all day who showed any interest,” Dave says. “We were outside for about three hours. I gotta say it’s still worth it, because when we finally got back to the church, we saw it was filled with people eating food, getting medical and employment advice, collecting necessary health supplies, and socializing in the warmth. I got to see that the work we do is not in a vacuum. We’re connected with others, and it’s especially when we connect with others that we can see greater results.”
Interested in HFNY Don’t Walk By opportunities this February? Click here to find more information.
As a church of Jesus Christ, Redeemer exists to help build a great city for all people through a movement of the gospel that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, to the world.
Last week as the various predictions of winter storm Juno’s impact were being communicated, millions of people across the Northeast altered their daily routine in anticipation of something that hadn’t yet occurred but was inevitable. In some ways this is a window into the Christian life. The New Testament is full of predictions about Jesus’ eventual return. He himself talked about it, warning his followers to be watchful and prayerful (Mark 13:37; Luke 21:36) so that the reality of his inevitable future return would shape their daily lives. In other words, the way a Christian spends their money, decides on who to date and marry, how they spend their free time, where to live – are not only to be shaped by what happened in the past (Jesus’ death and resurrection), but also by what will inevitably happen in the future.
The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. – I Peter 4:7-10
Rev. David Bisgrove
RUF City Campus Weekly Meetings
Time is running out to join fellow West Siders for Don't Walk By
Here are some highlighted opportunities to serve the city with Hope for New York. As always, you can check HFNY’s volunteer page to search a full list by neighborhood and service type.
Operation Exodus // Mentor Kids from Hispanic Community in Washington Heights
Young Life // Become a Young Life Leader at Quest Training
Here are a highlighted events happening across Redeemer. For a full listing, see the Connect.
Vocational intensives begin this month
Questioning Christianity, Session 2
Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled. You who answer prayer, to you all people will come. - Psalm 65:1-2
Quiet Time: Using your Sunday Bulletin
Visit redeemer.com/prayer for additional prayer resources and tools.
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