Sitting in the rocking chair at the café this morning the sun is streaming through the front windows. I am reflecting on 3 years of service here in Hamilt
on, Ohio. It has been an incredible journey and I might add a bumpy one. 3 years ago Felix and I stepped out of our very comfortable jobs to follow the call of our God. He sent us to Vincennes Indiana to show us what He wanted us to do in this city.
While at a reunion, one that we had not attended in 17 years we were led to a quaint little café called, Offerings Holy Grounds Café. When we walked into the doors the sweet ladies were busily closing for the day. Our presence was still welcomed and we were invited to take a look around and told there was a prayer room upstairs. As we landed on the top of the stairs and entered into the prayer room there was this amazing mural, breathtaking actually. At that very moment we knew our lives were about to change.
Long story short within 10 days of that day we had a fully furnished and functioning café ministry that was started with no money and no furnishings. God supplied it all!! Incredible. 3 years ago we had no idea what lay ahead for us. This café was not a lifelong dream of ours, far from it. Friends, we were happy, content and financially stable loving our family, our lives and our jobs. Then God . . .
We have seen people come and go, addicts restored, people die, extreme poverty and pure evil. We daily rise out of bed and thank God for the opportunity to serve Him and the people living in a very dark place. In the last three years we have lost our home, been unable to pay bills, gone hungry and through it all we’ve been incredibly blessed. We have seen God’s hand move so undeniably that if we had time together to share some of our God stories you would agree.
We shepherd a street church on Sundays and we have received more heart blessings than heartaches. Last week was my 43rd birthday and I received a cake, my girls from the neighborhood sang to me and hugged me, told me they loved me – wow! We are struggling to keep this ministry afloat and last night we had a neighbor come in after hearing the word on the street that we are going to close. This man that has NOTHING besides huge life issues handed Felix $4 to help keep us going. When Felix told him no He insisted. This little inner city mission is making an impact in this city. I was brought to tears just thinking about what all he had to give up just giving us this $4. I am absolutely blown away by emotion and feeling so loved and encouraged.
We are a federally recognized non-profit ministry. We serve food, coffee and Jesus on a daily basis. We love our homeless, addicted, sin sick neighbors and we are investing the LOVE OF CHRIST into each of these people one day at a time, one meal at a time, one soul at a time. Friends, if you believe in us, in this little mission please consider financially supporting us and dining with us at the café. We are a café with a cause – we are not for profit and as a matter of fact we have moved into the neighborhood so that we can be closer to our mission field. We need encouragement, prayer and financial support. Please pass this blog on to your friends, family, pastors and church members. We are looking to speak to community groups, women’s and men’s groups, and churches to raise support to help us to continue bringing Jesus Christ to the streets for a kingdom impact!
If you feel led to send us a donation please mail to Offerings Holy Grounds Café 215 Main Street Hamilton, OH 45013. www.offeringsministries.com Like us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/OfferingsHolyGroundsCafe