Ministering To Downtown Charleston
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'” Matthew 25:40
The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ ministered to people that can be described as “undesirable.” That is one of the many great attributes of the Savior.
The goal of Christians is to be like Christ.
Here, in Putnam County, “Street Warriors,” a group of members of Church @ The Depot walk their talk, taking ministry, and food, to a tough part of Charleston, as part of their ministry to “people on the street.”
“When I look into the eyes of those we serve, I see pain,” says Valerie White. “I see all that they’ve fought over the years, and had to survive. When I give them something they need (food, clothing, etc), I see a sparkle in their eyes, and a smile on their face. That’s what gives me purpose. That’s what gives me a reason to keep pushing.”
“It’s the right thing to do!” says Rob Keister. “God has blessed us so much that serving others is one way I can say thank You!”
“Serving others is a tangible way for people who may have never stepped foot in a church building to encounter the hands and heart of Jesus,” says Becky White. “Serving also makes God real to us because when we approach a service opportunity with an open heart, the Spirit never fails to show up.”
That Spirit, of God, helps Street Warriors to meet people where they are, on their level, and in a way that shows the love of Jesus from handing out hot dogs to praying with people, to sharing scriptures.
For some, giving out food, at the transit mall, can be an intimidating experience. Though it’s only about 20 miles, the mean streets of Charleston are a world away from comfortable Putnam County. Still, Street Warriors’ ministers, from a high school student to senior citizens, look past the risks and into the eyes of people, with God’s love – without fear.