It is that time of year once more when we commence obtaining prepared at Church to welcome fifteen homeless guys to our hall for bed & breakfast and a hot supper on Saturday nights.
It is a project we do every single winter, with each other with other neighborhood churches, so that these guys have shelter and very good hot meals for the duration of the coldest months of the year.
We contact it component of our ‘Community Engagement’ operate and it absolutely is a very good factor and a great deal appreciated.
But the intriguing query every year, I really feel, is who receives the most by way of the project. Is it the guys or is it the volunteers?
On the face of it, the Winter Shelter is all about carrying out some thing for the homeless, carrying out some thing to support these in need to have. But, at the similar time, it is about the homeless carrying out some thing for the volunteers, some thing to support us.
When the project comes to an finish every year, I normally thank volunteers and I am constantly shocked to hear how a great deal they say they received from the operate, how a great deal they enjoyed it and identified it enriching. The volunteers come across obtaining to know the guys a true privilege and a lot of of the conversations they have shared have been uplifting and inspiring.
In the Gospels Jesus tries to show us that life is about what we give and not what we get. And to drop our lives, to give generously from all we have and all we are, is what an abundant life is all about.
This is how our lives will be measured in the finish, at our funerals. Our lives will be valued by what we gave. And the greatest will be these who give the most. Like Jesus, who gave definitely anything he was and anything he had, to provide this uncomplicated but difficult message.
If you reside in the Hounslow borough and would like to support with the shelter scheme, do please get in touch with me. There are lots of distinct jobs you could support with – from setting up beds, to cooking dinner, to socialising, to caretaking overnight, to cooking breakfast and tidying up.
Do some thing for an individual else and come across out what this does for you as well.