Oftentimes, ministry that happens at Haven of Rest is complicated. A lot of the work the Lord does, while it often begins at the Mission, happens once people leave our doors. For example, it happens similarly to Jesus’ miraculous healing of the ten lepers in Luke 17.
If you need a refresher, the story happens in a small village as Jesus was travelling to Jerusalem. Ten lepers were standing far away from the road and when they saw Jesus coming they yelled out to Him, asking Him to heal them. Jesus told them to go to see the priests and then they would be healed. The ten lepers obeyed and were miraculously healed of their leprosy. Verses 15 and 16 go on to say, “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at [Jesus’] feet, giving him thanks.” Jesus asks the man in verse 17, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the other nine?”
Sometimes we hear very little about what comes of some of our programs, particularly our outreach activities such as Hope Totes or Scripture cards. So when we do hear something amazing that God has done at the Mission, it excites us and motivates us. One such outcome was shared at Haven of Rest’s most recent staff meeting.
During our meeting, Jan, Volunteer Coordinator, shared about a client who told her that she had been doing something very special with her Scripture cards. Scripture cards are made by many volunteers and each of them are unique. Often they are covered with bright colors and designs and they carry words of encouragement and verses from Scripture. They are about the size of a business card and are placed on guest’s trays at each meal. They are meant to encourage and draw them closer to Christ and His Word.
The woman Jan spoke with had been collecting and sending the Scripture cards she received on her trays to a loved one who was in jail. Her loved one had then put the cards up on the wall and shared them with others in their area and said they were a great encouragement. How amazing! A volunteer at the Mission sat down and made a card, it made it onto the table for a meal, and instead of blessing one person, it now blesses many people miles away from the Mission who are in jail. How awesome is our far-reaching God!
This story was such an encouragement to staff because we can often go through times of seeing very little fruit of our labors, as Jesus did when he healed the ten lepers. Praise God for this encouragement and for reaching out through something as small as a card with a Bible verse on it. Pray with us that the Lord will continue to use Haven of Rest to advance His Kingdom, even in ways we do not expect.