John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
It’s easy to read such a commandment from Jesus but do we live up to the commandment? Jesus forgives the sinner (Luke 7:48), came to serve us (Matt 20:28), Jesus showed compassion for all and helped them: the poor, the despised, the outcasts, and wants us to do the same (Matt. 4:24-25 and Matt. 9:9-13).
As Christians we have an obligation to love the unloved, feed the hungry, help those in need. At Real Hope we do that as best we can because we care for those who come to us for food but leave with so much more.
On Wednesday evening we had 51 people who came and heard the testimony from Wayne who Adam (our new leader) knew from his time in Teen Challenge. Adam worked with Wayne and saw him grow in Christ and how Jesus helped him through his addictions, Wayne completed the Teen Challenge Rehab and now lives a better life. Praise God for changed lives, lives free from the prison of addiction. Wayne had the opportunity to talk to those who were touched by his testimony, please keep these people in your prayers, these lost ones are the ones Jesus came for.
On Friday morning we were blessed to get alongside our beloved friends, Friday mornings give us a great opportunity to sit along side them and to do more socialising than we do on a Wednesday evening. Last week we got a stick of rock each from one person who went to Blackpool, it is heart warming to know that this person was on holiday and was thinking of us, this is what this work is all about. We are honoured that even though we are not in the presence of our beloved friends we are still close to them.
This week at our church we had a team of Christians from South Korea visiting us and they helped out at Real Hope on Friday morning. It is a blessing that we are able to work with other churches to share Gods love with others.
We are also thankful to you all for taking the time to read this blog and for the prayer support we receive from you all. Those prayers are being heard and God is faithful, he is answering those prayers and we re blessed to see them answered in extraordinary ways.
Please continue to pray for the ministry and for changed lives, pray for people to seek God, for more people to come to church on our Sunday services.
May God Bless you all this week.
The Real Hope team.