Thursday, December 3, 2015

A Return to Freedom...

I'm not certain how many of you who may know me personally even a little know anything of the ministry which we've been a part of for the better part of 15 years.  Briefly, I am the director of a homeless shelter/soup kitchen which has several other components as well.  We are what is termed by the government as a "faith-based" organization.  In common parlance: ministry.  It has been around for some 32 or 33 years as of this month.  It is an independent work, mostly run by myself although I do answer to an executive board.  It is Baptistic in stance and doctrine though we do minister to all needing help.

For some 25 years the organization has been applying for and receiving state housing authority(HUD) funding. Over the course of these 25 years, the restrictions to our "ministering" or actually exercising our faith have grown to a serious situation of interference and obstruction.

Until now.

We will no longer be applying for said grant monies.  They can keep it.  As of January 1, 2016 we are going to be more fully about our business of ministering and exercising of our faith.  This return to freedom will have it's cost:  roughly 25% of our budget.  What will we do?  We have a fund raising group which accounts for most of the remaining portion of our budget and I will be talking with them.  We will also become more "faith-based" in that we're looking to our God to provide our needs as we continue our forward progress.  I won't take the time nor space on this page to list all that has been done here in the last 4 years which has been provided for outside of our budget.  Things have happened and can happen again. 

We're confident enough in not only having our budgetary shortfall met that we're looking into establishing a community food pantry.  There is a local food bank but it seems to have become an arm of the current federal regime. In time, they too will be told to "keep it".

Folks, now is no time to be squeamish in our faith. 

Pray for the best while prepping for the worst.

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