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As most of you know,I am in Louisville working at Jefferson Street Baptist Center for the summer. Jeff St. exists to extend gospel-centered mercy to the homeless and hurting of the greater Louisville area. What does this mean for me? Some people have even asked me “what will you be doing?” Well, we are in our second week. We have had a lot of hands on training, and now get to work in the shelter.
My job is simple. Bring the Gospel to the Lost. I can do that in many different ways. In the kitchen we meet people’s needs by giving them a towel and soap or if you work in the front office just a simple smile and a “hello” can help make their day a little better. I know what some of you are thinking “a smile?” The answer is yes.
Jesus was asked which commandment was the greatest in Matthew. He replied with these words, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” I want to show the hurting of Louisville this command by giving them a smile. I want them to see that there is something different about me. I want them to see that I am serving God. I want them to see how much Christ has done for them.
The first day working in the shelter, one of my teammates, Kim, was talking with a lady for a long time. At the time, I didn’t have anything to do so I sat down with the two of them. We got to talking and (“,and I learned she was from...) she was from Illinois. Becky and I are both from Illinois, and I couldn't help but smile knowing that God put Becky in my life for a reason. The next time she came in I sat down to talk with her again. I invited her to the Bible study we have every morning at 8:00 but she declined. Please be in prayer for her, I know she feels like she gets no help from people in the community. She has no one. She has been trying to get a job but it’s hard because her belongings are in two bags and if she carries them with her employers might not want her to work for them.
In my time with the Lord I have been reading in Deuteronomy in Chapter 4 verse 31 “For the Lord your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your father that he swore to them.” This is a constant reminder. It’s great to know that God doesn’t forget about the promises he has made.
The other day I sat down with a lady named Ramona. I just asked a few simple questions. “What’s your name?” and “How long have you been in Louisville?” We talked a little, but after a couple of minutes she said she had to leave. Please be in prayer for Ramona. My hope is that she will understand the Gospel. I want her to know that Jesus loves her. Please pray for me as well. Pray that my actions and words will be words glorifying to Christ and that Ramona will open up.
Also be in prayer for the homeless women. In the shelter, the percentage of men to women is 97% men to 3% women. These numbers make it hard for me to build relationships with women in the community.
Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support! Please prayerfully consider donating financially to help me and help out Jefferson Street Baptist Center. Please make checks to Jefferson Street Baptist Center. In the memo line put my id: HOPE-S11-CW1 NOT MY NAME! Also, if you would like to donate online my fundraising page is: http://www.razoo.com/story/Corrinnewatson
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Amount raised: $1,120 Amount needed: $1,280