Growth

Karen and I started a class at the Oakdale Rescue Mission attempting to reach our homeless friends through Christ Jesus and the turnover has been awesome to say the least. We never know who is going to show up and what God has planned for us that day. We do plan the meeting out, sometimes reading from our book, having an open discussion, and on occasion just listening to what problems may have come up throughout the week. We always pray that the Holy Spirit leads us, from whatever comes into our minds to the the words that come out of our mouths. Whatever we are doing and thinking we want it to come from God. It’s so easy to lean on our own understanding, giving advice quickly and without much thought. There are two guys in our group that have made quite a bit of progress and it has made an impression on me. One man doesn’t usually attend our events if he knows that we will be talking about the bible. I’ve been taking him to and from multiple doctors appointments and telling him of our group and the fun we’ve been having. He not only showed up for our group but to sabbath school and church! The other man is a very quiet person and had attended our group and taking a seven day challenge. His challenge was to work on getting out more because he is a recluse, not only has he been attending all our group sessions but he has been going to church every weekend and it’s events! God is good and faithful, I love the fact that He impressed us to start this group. Being able to see the growth in other individuals is nothing short of a miracle and it keeps Karen and I coming back for more. We cannot wait to see what the next week will hold, Praise God! 1 Samuel 2:26 And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the LORD and with people.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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