“Until someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
~Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
While manning a table at a local food pantry, I listened as a woman explained her prayer request for a friend who had once been a successful businessman. He is now homeless. Her narrative weaved back and forth between his story and her own.
She had been a nurse. But illness led to losing her job, which was followed by the loss of her home. Her story humbled me and awakened me again to the severity of our economy.
As she told her story, she reminisced of serving with other ministries before she found herself on the other side of the receiving line. I was amazed by the number of shelters and soup kitchens sprinkled through her monologue.
I felt this meeting a divine appointment. Not only had she given great resources to research for future posts, but I realized there are many service ministries in Wilmington I never knew existed.
It’s as if they’re as hidden as the homeless in our community. If you don’t know where to look, you won’t find them. Hidden treasures of hope.
Many of us want to help, but we don’t know where to start. How do you find them? This is the purpose of the Christian Service blog: to cultivate an awareness of service ministries in our community and surrounding area.
Will you help me?
If you are involved with a service ministry such as a food pantry, clothing closet, shelter, etc., email the name of the ministry, web site and some contact information to me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please place “Service Ministry” in the subject line.
I would also appreciate the names of the unsung heroes of your service ministries. I want to celebrate the good stuff going on in our community.
Just as quickly as my newest acquaintance at the food pantry began to tell her story, she finished writing the prayer request, gathered her things and slipped out the door. I felt helpless, unable to change her situation beyond a bag of food, a blanket and a prayer. But I’m hopeful this blog will draw workers to the cause, and together we can help people get back on their feet, restoring once vibrant lives.
One seed at a time.