It can be hard to want to love people at times, especially when that person doesn’t want to reciprocate that same love. Some of our homeless can be like that at times. They have have spent the majority of their lives stealing, lying and cheating that it’s now the only thing they know how to do. Karen and I have a wonderful Tuesday study group and almost all of them are homeless. We have been working on them by showing them the love of Christ. Loving them even when they don’t feel like loving themselves. The friends in this group at times come in feeling angry and depressed, lonely and discarded. The one thing that they can all agree on is that they know where they can go to receive love and compassion. We have 13 members in our group and it has stayed pretty consistent and are starting another group on Friday. These groups even though they have different topics have one goal in mind and that is to share God’s word and show them Christ’s true love. It works beyond all compare! Everyone wants to be loved and it may take time to break down those huge walls that have been built up over the years, but the end result is always the same. True love always prevails! God’s words are simple. John 15:12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Short and sweet!

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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