We had a walk-a-thon this past weekend and let me tell you it was a hit. The weather alone blew previous years out of the water and walkers rained in on us. Why? In past years it either blew heavy winds or rained hard on our event day. So it was a blessing to have perfect weather. The past 3 years i have walked the mile talking with people the whole way. This year I was tasked with taking people on tours. Understand this, I like giving tours. There is so much going on at the mission, and so many programs to talk about, that my tours are an hour and a half of laughs, ahaa moments and smiles. The down side is that I was required to trim it back. I had to pack all that great info and talking into a half hour. WHAT?! "Ok, I can do this!"
I was able to trim and cut, and cram info in while walking and cut my tours down to an appropriate length (30 min exactly? Probably not, but SHHH don't tell Candace). It went well. I had some awesome groups very excited to learn about the mission and what we do. At the end of the event, I was pounding some amazing Chicken Tortilla soup from Dave and Busters, when someone asked if i would do the last tour. "Oh yeah, end of the day, no time constraints (to a point)!" I was able to take these 4 ladies on a tour of the mission and really lay it on thick. They were pumped. So much so, I thought they might be pulling my chain a bit. But they were excited because they learned enough to be able to refer people that use their ministry. They were asking about the TOC and how people can get connected there. They asked for specifics on how to get people started on getting into the PSH. It was a great refreshing time spent with some other Kingdom workers.
Sometimes we might get this island mentality about the ministries we have or work with. But I have to keep in mind we are the Body of Christ, not an island of hope. We can tap and refer, and use other ministries just as they do ours. It is a great blessing to know poverty and homelessness is not laid at my feet. It is not laid at the feet of Open Door Mission. It is a challenge inherent in the Body of Christ. With how many people there are in the Body of Christ, man we can do this. We can answer the call our God put on our lives, and jump right in to help. We could sure use you here at Open Door Mission. Hope to see you soon! Would love to walk and talk with ya!