Volunteerism really matters for our clients. It's how we can afford a lot of the social justice that we offer our clients. And volunteers keep us going; we could not even thing about serving 100 individuals every week with more than 1000 conversations or interactions per month without volunteers. It would simply be impossible.
But volunteering also blesses our volunteers in lasting ways. Here is a story we recently got from a SYM volunteer:
Please pray for me to faithfully pray for the “traveler” Scott that I shared a meal and prayer with in Las Vegas. Scott was raised in the church and is confused why a just God allows wars. Scott also needs to be accepted by his father as the person he is, where he is at right now.
We prayed that Scott would forgive his father for his hurtful expectations and we prayed that Scott’s father would forgive Scott for not fulfilling all the father’s expectations; and that this forgiveness is by Christ’s work on the cross and not our power, but Christ’s power.
Scott was hoping to move into a weekly rate place and earn enough money to stay there. Pray that the person who was going to help this happen is true to his word and is not seeking to harm Scott in any way. As we parted Scott said, “thanks for a time of humanity”.
I have to tell you that this encounter made the trip for me – the rest of time was nice as it was spent with family, but I am really praying that Scott makes some changes in his lifestyle. My time with Scott made me so thankful for all that SYM does.
God Bless you all, especially today, and I am praying for all that SYM does and will do.
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