"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." - James 1:27
To show and tell Jesus to the Edison and Wellspring neighborhood
Grace - "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)
Grow - "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2)
Give - "Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality" (Romans 12:13).
Check out these videos to see how this story unfolded:
Sam's Story: I have always had a heart for children, and especially children who are not in the best of situations. When I accepted Christ as my Savior two years ago He turned my heart for children into my mission. I have worked with the “orphan” child in a facility setting for two years and have learned so much, but have wanted something more. I’ve started to imagine what could happen if I had my own house; what I would do differently to spread Jesus’ love to all these lost children.
When I started going to Wellspring Community Church two years ago I immediately felt loved and in a safe environment. After only a few services I knew that the youth and the neighborhood were a big focus of the church and this made Wellspring even more awe-some! I loved that there was this heart to help the neighborhood children and wanted to be a part of that.
Last fall I started helping with the elementary school, Edison, in our neighborhood. We really focused on building up the faculty and tried to help encourage them so they know how important their work is and that we are here to support them in any way that we can. Being involved with the school and teachers has made my heart for this neighborhood grow.
I remember a conversation with Rob Howat and how he talked about wanting to buy a house for his basketball boys to have a safe place to come at any time during the day or night, but he couldn’t live there. I immediately said “I’ll live there” and this is how it all started.
This is our dream to have a house as a safe haven for the children in our neighborhood to come to and have someone who would be there to feed them, listen to them, play a game with them, work on homework, or even clean up a skinned knee. We don’t want to put limits on what this house will be or who will come to visit or live with us. We want to step into this space that so many people in our church family believe that God has placed on our hearts and see what God is up to. How blessed we are to get to be in this amazing plan!