DIFFERENT PARTS OF OUR MINISTRY
This part is important.
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We gather and pray then pass out any food or clothing that is brought (we have around 100-120 sandwich/chip lunches we bring every week) and then we head out on what we like to call our “routes”.
These “Routes” Mainly consist of walking the East-West running streets from Canal St. to Michigan Ave. We also have a route that goes along Lower Wacker Dr and one Miscellaneous route that covers some of the middle blocks (North-South Streets). The most important part of this segment of the ministry is that the more people we have volunteering, the more people we can reach. Without God’s people present we couldn’t continue to run this ministry.
While walking these routes our purpose is not just to wander the streets dropping sandwiches in peoples laps and moving on. Our goal in this ministry is to reach out to our homeless family and show them the love that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ showed us. To show them unconditional love that isn’t based on anything but our understanding that they are also BELOVED CHILDREN of GOD…
…and we feed them.
This part of the ministry gives us the opportunity to pray with, care for, and get to know a little about the homeless people in downtown Chicago. (later on in the ministry you’ll learn that they’re not “Homeless” but rather they become part of your family, life, prayers, and heart.)
BIBLE STUDY – 6:00pm – 7:00pm
This part of the ministry is where we take time to learn and grow in the Word together. This is an important part of our Christian walk as well as an important part of the ministry. EVERYONE is welcome to come to the Bible Study whether you are homeless, or not, or even Christian or not. This is an opportunity to take God’s Word and share it together so that we can learn, encourage, and apply God’s Will in our lives.
CHILI AND FELLOWSHIP – 7:00pm – Whenever you leave.
This is not technically part of Chicago’s Beloved. HOWEVER, in support of our Brothers and Sisters from Moody Bible Institute along with other Churches, we attend this event each Saturday as part of our Fellowship and Fun. This is a GREAT opportunity to sit down with some of our homeless friends and learn more about them and spend time together.
Some friends from church, school and social life have been feeling a call in our lives lately: we want to help as many people as possible. Our focus is particularly on those unnoticed – the Poor, the destitute and the downtrodden. We want to demonstrate love to these people – not just by words or anonymous donations, but by social interaction. We don’t want them to just live, eat, and drink. We want them to have friends, and as many social luxuries that we, as a collective and caring group, can provide (and take for granted). So, the plan is for us to go downtown at least once a week. We’ll bring food, water and smiles (and some of us will probably definitely bring the Word (Bibles)) to give people on the streets some notion of hope and companionship.
Note: Although this adventure is mostly fueled by religious beliefs, we encourage people of all (and no) faiths to join us. You will not be forced into awkward or judged situations. We appreciate anyone who is willing to help, so that we can impact as many lives as possible.
Oh, and don’t worry if you can’t make some of the trips or if you’ll be late or have to leave early or any of that, it’s not like we’ll be taking roll and sending you to the dean’s office. And occasionally the times might change, but I don’t know when
I hope all of you can make it this Saturday,
We will be hanging out with homeless people. This will consist of several parts:
Note to religious brohas: This may seem to us folk that it should be the most important part of the voyage, and you are free to feel this way, but we ask you to not engage in unnecessary contentious debate, and realize that we are called to love those in destitution more than we are capable of disagreeing with anyone on anything….
The logistics of this trip depends on the amount of people that can attend. If enough people come, we will break into groups that are led by different people (whom we have already spoken with), and divide the city up. The more people willing to help, the more people we can interact with.
Don’t think we’re above you (we’re not), and don’t think of yourself as being above us (or greater than any of the people we will be encountering, you’re not). We firmly believe that we are all equal in God’s eyes, and in the universal mindset of eternity (if you’re into that).
I WANT TO HELP, BUT CAN’T GO!?!
Hey man, I feel ya’, I would love for you to come with – it will be awkward, natural, fun and wild. However, if you can’t, no need to explain! If you want another way to help, donate sandwiches, water, and when the time comes we will take clothing and blanket donations. Click here to contact someone.