Letter: With your help, our church is there for the hungry and homelessKudos to Debbie Griffin for her recent Journal story about the continuing problem of homelessness and hunger.
By: The Rev. Frank Lukasiewicz, Servant of The Shepherd Church, River Falls, River Falls Journal
Kudos to Debbie Griffin for her recent Journal story about the continuing problem of homelessness and hunger.
Thanks also to the pastors of the River Falls Ministerium for promoting November as a month of compassion for those in need.
Not included in Debbie’s story: Servant of the Shepherd’s community food shelf in our church that’s available to anyone hungry. It’s open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and some evenings.
Our food shelf’s purpose is to help the hungry who are too embarrassed to give their names, have no current address (the homeless), or need food to tide them over until their next visit to the River Falls Food Pantry. We help over 150 individuals and families per month.
Food is donated by local grocers, churches, community groups and individuals. Thank you to everyone who donates to this additional source of sustenance!
With the Lord’s money, SOS provides financial assistance to over 30 individuals/families per month.
As the story mentioned, our little church and its members give shelter to 15-20 adults each month. This is in addition to our primary outreach ministry to the chemically dependent.
As a church, besides providing tangible help to God’s hurting lambs, we also offer spiritual hope, a prayer, and a “God Bless You!” with our hugs.
Why do we do what we do?
Because we love Jesus and His words in Matthew 25: “I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me. Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was Me — you did it to Me.”