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 children would spray mosquito repellent on themselves and then get up the next day to take a shower in preparation for school. The water flow became low-pressure and luke-warm. This was the first indication that something was wrong with their water heater; however, the actual verification came when they received an outrageous water bill around $700.00.
They called several plumbers to diagnose the problem, but nothing came of it. The husband started cutting crawl spaces in the floors to locate what they determined to be a leak. They pumped thousands of gallons of water from underneath the house but were still unable to find the leak. After three holes in the house, one on the outside of the house, and ripping out everything in one of the bathrooms the leak was located. The water was dirty and smelly, which was the first clue something else might be wrong. A plumber came and found the problem to be a sewer leak as well as a hot water leak. They didn’t have the money to pay for the repairs. They also didn’t know how severe the damage was until the leadership of Wichita Falls Faith Mission sat them down and told them the plumber had contacted them so they might prepare the family of six for the bad news. They needed to immediately move out of their home for a month and live in a one bedroom guest house provided by a board member.
Over the summer, fall, and winter this couple kept showing up for work and listening to the stories of the homeless and people struggling with addiction. They always brought a positive attitude to work and continued their job of helping others find jobs, housing and help with so many other needs. They did this during some of the most difficult times of their lives.
Every day, at our two homeless shelters, we ask our staff to listen to the stories of other people. This requires them to not only show up but to leave their problems at the door so they can help others. This is not just a requirement at a homeless shelter. Many other people in other industries or ministries must be professional and check their problems at the doors of their workplaces. The family on staff at Wichita Falls Faith Mission faced a spiritual attack; even though the issues were in the physical realm. More often than not, our battles are not of this world – they are spiritual battles. If you would help us fight these spirituals battles on your knees, please pray for the homeless shelters.
Please join me in specific ways to pray for homeless shelters.
- Pray for the staff to “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep [their] spiritual fervor, serving the Lord” (Romans 12:11, NIV). It is disheartening for staff to see someone they have poured their hearts into to fall back into the same destructive habits of alcohol and drugs. There are success stories. Pray the staff will focus on God and all the success stories.
- Pray for the volunteers. Without volunteers, most homeless shelters would not be able to exist. In 2017, Wichita Falls Faith Mission had volunteers log in 19,427 hours of time. What a blessing!
- Pray for the safety of the homeless shelters. There are many unstable people. Pray for God to keep the clients, programmers, volunteers, and staff safe from evil and those who wish to cause harm.
- Pray for the material and financial needs of homeless shelters. Shelters serve three meals a day, seven days a week. This not only adds up to a lot of food, but this only a basic need most homeless shelters provide. Wichita Falls Faith Mission offers 1) beds of shelter, 2) case management for clients who wish to set goals and acquire the necessities of life, 3) recovery programs for clients seeking victory over alcohol and drug addictions, 4) job-readiness programs, 5) clothing, 6) medical services, 7) bus tickets to get them to doctor appointments or other important appointments, 8) help with medication, 9) assistance with dental needs, 10) household items to get them set up in their new home, and 11) so many other things. All of these services are free of charge to clients.
- Pray for those who enter the doors of gospel mission shelters to be receptive to hear about the love of Christ.
- Pray for God to fill Gospel rescue mission shelters with His Holy Spirit. May “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)