Stories From The Streets Of Washington DC…

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Good Monday Everyone!

I’m in my family room listing to a Kent Henry Worship Instrumental… feeling pretty overwhelmed with God’s love right now. How can I explain moments like these in human language? Every once in a while, the reality of God sweeps through my heart and mind… my eyes water, a tear slowly make its way down my cheek, chills pop all over my body… and I sit in that moment wishing it would last forever!

Like the alignment of sun, moon, and earth that brings us the rarity of an eclipse… these spiritual moments occur through the rare alignment of certain spiritual occurrences. And when they all come together at one special moment… their rarity is felt and appreciated for some time!

I suppose for me today… the components of my experience are very obvious! It begins with the Washington DC Outreach. This year, even more than previous years… I really experienced the enormity of what took place! There are so many hurting, lonely people in our earth. And while so many well to do humans point the finger down at these bleeding ones, God compels us to come to their aid! God cares about each one of them… not desiring to lecture them about the series of wrong turns they made that led them down into the gutter… He possesses us with his compassion and sends us to kneel down beside them… He gives us a message to speak… He asks us to read them a love letter… And we go with his love and his tears. He embraces them with MY ARMS… and I can feel HIM IN ME making his appeal through MY HEART.

This year, we took a team of 35+ into the frigid streets of our nation’s capitol. All day long, we gave HOPE to the HOPELESS. Even more than the message we gave them was the message we asked them to tell us. We gave them our ears… we listened to them like they mattered… and they FELT OUR LOVE FOR THEM! Their tears and ours flowed like rivers all day long.

On man “Alfrado” explained how he came to America from Elsalvador… it took him 3 months to get here, dreaming that this would be a place of new life for him. And there he was sleeping on park benches and eating food from the trash containers. Alfrado said that some nights, it’s so cold he is scared to fall asleep… that he may freeze to death and not wake up.

Another lady “Pricilla” said that she just got released from prison a year ago after being stabbed in her spine during a prison brawl. She grabbed me and made a puddle on my shoulder as she wept about how scary it is living on the streets at night! She talked about being raped and beaten over and over… and told me that she is not built for this kind of life!

Then there was “HANK”… the happiest homeless man on the face of the earth. We all left Hank wondering if we had met an angel! Just like Hank, so many of these destitute men and women gave us back so much more that we gave to them!

Throughout this day, we distributed hundreds of sandwiches, care packagessweaters, sweatshirts, blankets, and everything else we could get into their hands. More than these… we gave them Jesus… and they took him happily into their hearts! Every single person on our team stepped out with a fearless kind of faith… they shared their personal life stories, prayed like seasoned ministers, and gave LOVE as if God himself was right there in physical manifestation!

Special thanks to Evangelist Gerald & Phyllis Mayhan for being our homeless outreach GUIDES… for their passion, their humor, and their love!

Beyond the DC Outreach, God is warming my heart today with the nearness I feel with my wife and kids, the accuracy I feel in the message I have been preaching at DFC, and the awesomeness of Gods Word stored up in my heart after reading the bible cover to cover in 66 days! All of these things have come together this morning to BLESS ME with a very SPIRITUAL MOMENT. To God be the glory for all of this… and for filling my life with his amazing love! I pray that he will work in all of us more and more… and more and more! That we will RISE AND SHINE in 2009… that we will love living the life of a beautiful people in a CITY ON A HILL… SHINING for the entire world to see!

Check out the DFC webcast archive from yesterday morning to watch more on the DC Outreach… and to catch the rest of that amazing service! Chat with you guys later on…

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3 thoughts on “Stories From The Streets Of Washington DC…

  1. Good Day Chuck

    No one could really understand how amazing and perfect the D.C. Outreach really was unless

    they were there. To those people that were there you have something very special in your heart

    and mind that no one else could take with them for the rest of their lives. God is pleased

    with us when we do his work and share his love with people that have nothing in their lives. I

    pray that everyday I pray that I have the opportunity to save someones life and let them know

    that no matter what God loves them and cares for them. I am so excited to witness to people I

    never let an opportunity pass me by to let someone know about Christ and how much he loves them.

    I hope that I can make a difference in someones life that will change them forever, that is

    truly a gift from God. Just like Pastor Gerald, he was never ashamed to tell someone about

    Jesus no matter how they took it. That is truly an amazing give. I am very shy but that is a huge

    goal is to be that brave.

    Chuck your such an inspiration not just to me but also to others. You always let your light shine

    so bright for the world to see and we all notice. God uses you in ways you may not ever see

    but God does see it and he wants you dont never forget that. We should never let our light go out

    no one wants to walk in darkness.

    Every morning the first thing I do is pray then jump on the computer and see what you have to

    say about Gods word. I try to use it in my life everyday. Keep up Gods wonderful work!

    <3hettie

    <3hettie

    • Wow again Hettie! Your words are the words of a seasoned writer… you have a way of expressing your heart that is very rare! Read the book of 1Thessalonians and 1Peter when you get a chance… they are both written to Christians under persecution… and they will encourage you to stay true even when you are rejected for Christ. I am praying for you so much, knowing that God's plan is MUCH bigger than it may even seem right now. He has plans to make you his poster child! And when people look on you… they will see JESUS. This will bring persecution… and in these times of rejection, you will get to know God in ways that you have never dreamed. So stay true to him… this is just the beginning for you Hettie!

  2. wow-wow-wow-how do i express what the dc outreach meant to me,i am humbled and ready to go again and see our lord work in action on the street of stuarts draft…they do not have to be homeless to get my attention just look out for the lost and let my light shine bright to his handy work—i am ready so ready to step up and spread the word that jesus christ is the way the truth and the light no more sitting around and watching everyone else,now its time for the myers to step up and out praise him and all who went ===you all were so awsome to watch live and in action doing his work–wow-wow-wow is all i can say for now !!!everyone rise and shine for his glory!!!!thanks for the opportunity for shring such a tremendous day–pamalamadingdong