“Sometimes it’s easy to walk by because we know we can’t change someone’s whole life in a single afternoon. But what we fail to realize it that simple kindness can go a long way toward encouraging someone who is stuck in a desolate place.” Mike Yankoski
Yesterday, I met with a number of Pastors, or their representatives, in Ahoskie, N.C. to discuss again how we might provide an emergency rotating shelter this winter for the homeless in that community. The Carpenter Shop International Church graciously offered “Granny Squares of Love” the use of their conference room for every meeting since August. We are so grateful for their support and their belief in what we wanted to accomplish. There are other churches in that town that also want to take part in helping the town’s most vulnerable citizens. Namely: The First Presbyterian Church, Open Arms Church, Higher Ground Church, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Ahoskie Christian Center, First Baptist Church, and the Soul Saving Station. If you live in Ahoskie, I would encourage you to attend one of the above places of worship. They have heart.
Fortunately, there was a turn in events at yesterday’s meeting that altered our current plans because a much better solution was offered. Sondra Dickens came forward, expressed her vision of opening a homeless shelter in Ahoskie, and her heart for the homeless. Sondra feels that she can have the shelter operational by Jan. 2015. Now, we will change direction and help Ms. Dickens however we can. What a blessing she is! What an answer to prayer! Sondra Dickens asked that we start collecting can goods, and personal sized toiletries, to have them ready when the doors to the shelter open. GSOL will also supply the shelter with blankets.
Until next time…..
Be happy, healthy, and blessed!