Luke 3:11 Trailer Ministry Reaches Out to the Homeless
The Luke 3:11 Ministry is designed to visit the homeless population of Cleveland where they are in order to deliver food and warm clothing, build relationships, and demonstrate the love and care of all humanity as Jesus would.
The 3:11 Ministry works with six partner churches; Lakewood Calvary, Church of the Saviour, Fields, Garfield Hts., Pearl Road, and Pleasant Hills United Methodist Churches. The Ministry has also developed a working relationship with Care Alliance, Trials for Hope, and The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless.
Since its inauguration in 2017, the trailer has delivered over 5000 meals, and has strived to ensure that all peoples are treated with dignity, respect, and compassion.
“While this is a program of The Nehemiah Mission, it is not exclusive to us in terms of its operation. We created the ministry with the specific intent to bring local churches into the mix and encourage additional churches to participate under the leadership of the initial six.” said former mission director, Jim Szakacs.
Szakacs explains the formation of the ministry… “The initial concept for this came about as I was preparing an advent sermon based on John the Baptists pronouncement of the coming of Jesus. In Luke 3:10 the crowds asked John, ‘What do we do now?’ His answer in Luke 3:11 was, ‘Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.’ I was thinking about this portion of scripture while driving to the mission and I passed a concession trailer. The idea of a ‘pop up’ food trailer seemed like a step in the right direction to helping the homeless. As I shared the idea with the mission staff, we became excited over the idea of acquiring a concession trailer and setting it up to ‘pop up’ at the homeless encampments. Knowing we couldn’t pull this off on our own, we began sharing the idea with some of our district churches. Next thing we knew, we had six on board ready to make it happen. We are always looking for additional partners, whether church groups, schools, or businesses.”
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