Stories of Amazing Grace – Myron’s Story

October 1, 2018 | Steve Sparks

When I think of grace, my mind automatically goes to something I didn’t or couldn’t earn or deserve.  It’s God reaching down from the splendor of Heaven into the mess I’ve made and offering me the free gift of forgiveness and salvation. I also think of second chances.  Aren’t we all glad God doesn’t give…

Ten Ways to Address Homelessness: Give a hand up, not a hand out

August 15, 2018 | Steve Sparks

Give a hand up, not a hand out. Wichita Falls Faith Mission is celebrating 60 years of serving the homeless through our three locations ― Faith Refuge, Faith Mission, and Faith Resale and Donation Center. The process of helping the homeless get back on their feet is sometimes long and daunting, but God is faithful,…

Ten Ways to Address Homelessness: Volunteer

July 5, 2018 | Steve Sparks

Volunteer at a homeless shelter. We are nearing the end of my blog Series “Ten Ways to Address Homelessness With 60 Tips, Action Steps and Practical Ways to Make it Happen!”.  In this edititon, I want to talk about volunteerism.  Albert Einstein, a genius in all regards, stated, “Only a life lived for others is…

Ten Ways to Address Homelessness: Financial Giving

June 14, 2018 | Steve Sparks

This week, my blog series “Ten Ways to Address Homelessness With 60 Tips, Action Steps and Practical Ways to Make it Happen!” addresses donating money to homeless shelters. Let me just preface this article with this statement.  When it comes to the stewardship of money, I believe that God will direct a person in the…

Ten Ways to Address Homelessness: In-Kind Donations

May 10, 2018 | Steve Sparks

Donate food, clothing, household items, hygiene kits and other things to a homeless shelter or a resale store that supports a homelesss shelter. I want to take time to recap my blog series “Ten Ways to Address Homelessness” with 60 tips or action steps of practical ways to make it happen! 1) Don’t Give Up…

Pray for our homeless shelters

Ten Ways to Address Homelessness: Pray for the Homeless Shelters

May 1, 2018 | Steve Sparks

Pray for the homeless shelters.   In the summer of 2017, a married couple serving on our staff started having trouble in their home. The house was extremely hot, and they couldn’t understand why. The AC unit was new, but still, it remained unbearably hot in August. Then the mosquitos infested the house. Their four…

Ten Ways to Address Homelessness: Pray for the Homeless

March 8, 2018 | Steve Sparks

I want to take time to recap my blog series “Ten Ways to Address Homelessness” with 60 tips or action steps of practical ways to make it happen! We have covered these topics so far: 1) Don’t Give Up on Hope 2) Meet Their Physical Needs 3) Listen to Their Stories 4) Share the Gospel.…

Ten Ways to Address Homelessness: Share the Gospel

March 1, 2018 | Steve Sparks

Don’t forget the words.  Hi, this is Steve Sparks, CEO of Wichita Falls Faith Mission reminding you that “Every Story Matters.” There is a lady on my staff whose future husband took six months to speak any words to her. Every time an opportunity arose to talk with her, he would lose his nerve. She…

Ten Ways to Address Homelessness: Listen to Their Stories

February 8, 2018 | Steve Sparks

The third way to address homelessness in my blog series“Ten Ways to Address Homelessness” with 60 practical ways to make it happen is . . . Listen to their stories. Every person has a story, and every story matters to God.  At Wichita Falls Faith Mission, we are committed to listening and getting personally involved…

Blankets for the homeless

Ten Ways to Address Homelessness: Meet Their Physical Needs

February 5, 2018 | Steve Sparks

Don’t Give Up on Hope is the first way to address homelsessness in my blog series “Ten Ways to Address Homelessness” with 60 tips or action steps of practical ways to make it happen! The second way to address homelessness is . . . Meet their physical needs. Christ met the physical needs of people…