June 14, 2016
We strive to stay sensitive to the Holy Spirit when intentionally seeking ideas and people we can encourage. An excerpt from a book called Conspiracy of Kindness, written by Steve Sjogren, has been encouraging to read. He is a pastor in Cincinnati who is the leader in a movement called “Servant Evangelism.”
At the end of the book he states:
“Give up your attempts to do anything to help God. Simply confess to God that you are willing and available. Then listen, observe and expect invitations to join into others’ lives. Opportunities will come – probably beginning today unless you are reading this at home in the evening, and then we’ll settle for a launch tomorrow!”
Recently, one of our volunteers, after finishing reading this book prayed a simple prayer, asking God to bring people to encourage. That same evening, a phone call came in from *Summer. “I am terrified. I have been sleeping at a bus stop the last two nights. I don’t know where to go or what to do and I had no one else to call.”
Summer hadn’t reached out for months prior to this phone call. She was living at the downtown homeless shelter until she got a job. She left the shelter and lost her job. Once you leave the Salvation Army shelter you are not allowed to return for 90 days.
This volunteer was able to pick her up from the bus stop and get her to a motel for a few days. We then found a transitional home for her to stay at until she could get back to working.
God answered more than one person’s prayer that night!
*Name has been changed