This week's "Story from the Street" comes from Bethany Harris who has has been serving with us for the last 7 months at Unity Park. We hope that through these stories, you get a glimpse of what God is doing with the homeless in Fort Worth, as well as be inspired to pray and seek how God might use you and your family to love "the least of these."
The truth is I never intended to be impacted the way I have been with volleyball tournaments with the homeless. I’m so blessed to be a part of the City on a Hill Missions ministry on Saturday mornings. The first time I went was when there was a fall festival being held. I went with my friend Katie. Me and Katie prayed with a lady whose mother had just died and we also, prayed with another lady whose stuff had just been stolen the night before (they even took her glasses). We also helped out a table of arts and crafts with face painting and making necklaces. My favorite part was helping this little girl make a bracelet.
After 7 months of serving with this organization, I now understand the meaning of love and all of its forms. It definitely goes beyond you and me. I feel so connected to these folks and their families. It’s truly remarkable to see it unfold every Saturday morning between prayers, stories, and smiles and yes volleyball with the most amazing people.
They are humble even in their circumstances and trials and they all seem to be joyful despite their circumstance. Now, I can honestly say I cannot imagine not being a part of this beautiful ministry. Sharing God’s love with these folks makes my whole week. I feel led by God to be a part of this great ministry.
We welcome you all to come and be a part of something different, something that gets to the core of your heart. I really believe in these three things: Jesus+unity+community! Please join us and be a part of this beautiful ministry on Saturday mornings at Unity Park in Fort Worth at 9:30am. Get connected today with a ministry that has made such a difference in my life. I pray it can make a difference in your life as well.
City On A Hill Missions exists to equip and give opportunities for you and your family to live on mission. We have several opportunities including hanging out with the homeless at Unity Park on Saturday mornings. For more info, follow us on Facebook, or if you would like to give financially to the Unity Park outreach, click the "Give" tab above.
Each week a group of us hang out with the homeless in Fort Worth, and we try to share a story so you can get a glimpse of what God is up too. We encourage you to pray about how God might use you or your family to love on "the least of these" around you, or come out and join us one week at Unity Park This week's Story from the Street comes from Katie Money, who for the last several months has helped coordinate our volleyball tournament and love on our homeless friends.
I started going to Unity Park several months ago. I was invited to come help with the weekly volleyball tournament for the homeless that visit the park. At first, I was hesitant about going. I wasn’t sure how this was making a difference for these people. I thought we should be providing food or some necessity to make an impact in their lives. Despite this initial feeling, I decided to go see what it was all about.
Very quickly, I saw that this was a ministry that was desperately needed. It provided an opportunity to get to know these people. An opportunity to learn their stories. And yes, the opportunity to have a good time playing volleyball.
As the weeks went by, I began to develop friendships. I was given the chance to chat with them as I signed them up for the tournament. I learned new bits and pieces of their stories each time such as how they became homeless and what struggles they might have right now.
This tournament presented the opportunity to shower the homeless with God’s love. I was able to pray for them. Prayers for protection, healing, and provision. I was there to listen to their needs and try to meet them if possible. I was there to be a friend if they needed one. I was able to show them that someone cared about them. Most importantly, I was able to show them God’s love each week.
These opportunities make a significant impact in their lives. I discovered the reason behind hosting the volleyball tournament. It wasn’t about having fun and competing. It was about sharing God’s love with the people of Unity Park.
For more info about being part of what God is up too with the homeless in Fort Worth, and how you and your family can help out, go "Like" our facebook page, or email Adam Clay at email@example.com.
You can also make a donation to help provide gift cards, toiletries, etc. by visiting our "Give" page and selecting Unity Park.