Journey 3 was designed to be a landing spot for people new to the church, and it’s started off doing that already. With Jayne Clouser leading the group, it’s had some time and opportunity to grow (about 12 active participants) and put faith into action as a very mission oriented group—first with the cookies to the schools, and now exploring how to lead Salem Church in helping Quincy take another step in addressing homelessness in Quincy, IL.
At the request of the group, Jayne Clouser and David Ball met with Emily Robbearts of the United Way to discuss ideas we have for helping people who live without homes, as well as to re-port back to the group the areas already being addressed by other agencies in the Quincy area. They came back with some great suggestions based on their conversation with Emily, and on 5.7.2017 the Journey 3 class explored some exciting ways to address homelessness in Quincy. They can be summed up in 4 possible ways:
The Journey 3 group is planning on the laundry voucher ministry being the most feasible way for us at Salem Church to initially help Quincy take another step in addressing and ministering to those without homes. We hope to engage other congregations and the community in participating with us. We are prayerful that our Salem congregation will participate, both giving financially, and possibly in donating laundry supplies.
The Journey 3 class is looking for this to be a church-wide effort that helps us live out our mission in response to Jesus’ words in Matthew 35:35-40….”for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’
Please be in prayer about this courageous new venture as God continues to move in us, and impact our community and lives through Salem Church and our ministry partners—first with the Saturday meals program, and now with Laundry and more!