The end of the year always lends itself to a time of reflection as well as an opportunity to clarify our vision for what lies ahead. For River City Ministry, this year has been filled with transitions and celebrations that are drawing us closer to the heart of God. We remain committed to our mission to open doors to God by serving the poor.
One significant transition is the recent retirement of long-time executive director, Jim Woodell. Jim led RCM with strength and vision that has allowed the ministry to grow to what it is today. River City Ministry currently provides food, clothing, shelter, showers, medical, dental, mental health, housing programs and spiritual guidance as part of our holistic approach.
As we look ahead, we are actively pursuing opportunities to expand our inner city work with the poor. Current facilities are being repurposed to better accommodate the growing needs of the homeless seeking respite and care through River City Ministry.
We need more space to effectively provide for their basic human needs. We are in the process of securing adjoining property for further expansion and have a goal of $100,000 to see this dream come to fruition. Already, nearly half of this money has been provided through the generosity of various donors.
We invite you to be part of shaping the future of River City Ministry by your tax-deductible, end-of-the-year contribution. Your gift may be donated through our website, www.rivercityministry.org, or by mail. We are grateful for the generosity you have demonstrated this year, and appreciate your ongoing efforts to meet the needs of the poor.
God bless, and thank you in advance for your generous donation.
Opening Doors to God by Serving the Poor
River City Ministry is a faith-based, nonprofit focused on "Opening Doors to God by Serving the Poor". River City Ministry seeks to:
FEED the hungry by serving a hot lunch and operating a food pantry,
CLOTHE those in need with our clothing bus,
SHELTER the homeless with a safe, welcoming environment and through HUD housing programs,
CARE for the sick through our pharmacy, medical, vision and dental clinics, and
LOVE the unloved and underserved to show God's love!
11/20/13 - Because You are always working, Lord, Your way of getting things done so often escapes me. But, I am trying to pay attention.
One of the things to which I had to adapt in coming to RCM from a neighborhood-style ministry in Memphis, was the transient nature of the people who come through our doors. It wasn't a terribly difficult change for me, but certainly an eye opener as to how You work.
The homeless come through the door today, and could be in Dallas tomorrow. Here in the moment, gone in the next. Occasionally, I would wonder if I was doing much good. It was that way at RCM to me for a bit, but it's not that way with You at all.
Because You are always working in the lives of the people who come through our doors, long before they ever got here. You continue to work in our people long after they leave here. It happened that way with O'Neal.
11/17/13 -Sometimes, Lord, there's just too much good work to do. We were supposed to be at the HopeWorks graduation luncheon at 11:00am. At 10:20, when Don asked if my apprentice Steven and I would make it, well, long story short, we weren't going to make it at that late moment.
Steven and I co-taught an eight week class as part of HopeWorks each Wednesday called Spirituality 101. I entitled it after a little book I put together about becoming the true you God always intended you to be. Anyway, Steven and I needed to see to our duties at RCM, the lunch lesson, and such. We both really wanted to be with our HopeWorks students for the celebration.
Earlier that morning, I had popped my head into see Sarah, our grant manager who serves to counsel our people as well. We all wear several hats, depending upon the day and the needs of our people. It's too much to get to all the good things You can have us do!
I wanted to ask Sarah if she was going to the luncheon since Steven and I couldn't--Sarah also counsels HopeWorks students. I didn't realize Sarah was in a counseling session at the moment, so I tried to excuse myself backing out slowly to not interrupt. Sarah said, "No, no, come on in, there's someone I want you and Steven to meet! This is Renee (not her real name), she's trying to have a better life and she wants to talk about her spiritual life, and pray. I said, "Great! I have an errand, be back in thirty, and Renee, we'll talk."
I got back and was happy to walk into a Bible study Steven already had in progress. Steven talked a little, I talked a little, Renee talked a little, but You spoke much to her soul.
So, Sarah honored the HopeWorks students at the celebration luncheon while Steven and I had the honor of immersing Renee into Christ! The work, Lord, there's just too much work! It's too much! But, not with You. As a God always on the job, Your work always gets done. And though I cannot be in all the places I surely would love to be, You, Lord, are already there. Now, that's a comfort.
... Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I am working too." John 5:17, NIV