"Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me." Matthew 25:40
Winter serves a purpose. It is not simply a season to be endured. God was intentional in his design. He knew our earth needed rest. He knew that the shorter, quieter days would impose a sort of forced sabbatical on our society... the snow and wind encouraging us to stay indoors, the lengthened nights inviting us to sleep sooner, and the quieter mornings providing the mental space for an extra cup of coffee and moment of peace. Most of us are privileged to be able to recognize the gift of winter, if only begrudgingly.
But there is a whole community of men, women, and children in our area that are struggling with this harsh, extended winter.
Vox Dei Community, the church many of our staff here at Perception Funding call home, has taken up a collection of gently used coats, gloves, hats, and other outerwear, and then hanging them on the fence outside. There is a large homeless population in the area, and as the coats are taken one by one, we know bodies are being warmed and hope is being restored in a small but profound way.
Though it is late in the season, it is not too late to begin a similar project in your own church or neighborhood! Or simply keeping an extra pair of gloves in your glove box and hand it out to the next homeless person asking for help on your drive to work.
En Gedi Grove While we love and enjoy working with all of our ministry partners, En Gedi Grove has a special place in our hearts. Jon and Hannah Taussig have created, by God's grace, a beautiful story and example of true redmeption in their little spot of urban outreach in Kansas City, Kansas.
Their focus is on the poor and needy in their inner city neighborhood. They have spent their time investing in real relationships with their neighbors, many of whom have never experienced true friendship and love.
As the weather begins to warm up (maybe? hopefully?!), En Gedi Grove will begin preparing their outdoor paradise. They have 5+ vegetable gardens, dozens of fruit trees and vines, berry bushes, rabbits, chickens, and honeybees! And the fruit of all that work is shared with their neighbors, with the desire to deepen relationships, and provide both nutriton and practical life skills to their community. Isn't that seriously wonderful?
If you have a love of gardening and disciplesip, you should visit their website to find out more about their ministry!
And if you want to support them, a gift of donated fruit trees, small farm and gardning equipment, outdoor furniture, and other things along those lines would be such a blessing! They would also be tickled to have your hands on help this spring as they get things in order for a fruitful summer! Click the button below, and you'll be able to connect with them!