By Lenette Evans
Saving Souls Ministries
Here in our
community people are not rising up, waking up and coming together like
they should. People in the churches are sitting in the pews waiting
merciless for a supernatural miracle and don't do anything to give to
the community or those in need. God does not honor or bless a pew
Many pastors are preaching a good message but nobody is coming out and
getting on the streets and witnessing to the poor, the homeless and
those who are lost. Jesus said "Go ye into all the world and
preach the gospel". He did not say go ye Hippocrates and sit in the pew
and do nothing!
Our Pastors are our Shepherd and we are the flock. They give us
instruction according to the word of God and what we need and we are to
apply it throughout the rest of the week in our daily lives. Galatians
6:9-10 "Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we
shall reap if we do not lose heart"
Its up to the congregation to Rise up and be the man and woman of God
and reaching out to the poor and giving them unconditional love and
Proverbs 29:7 "The righteousness care about the poor. But the
wicked have no such concern."
But Pastors if you are not being seen in the community on the streets
and witnessing to the lost and the poor and feeding them, then how in
the world do you expect your congregation to follow in your footsteps
if you are NOT doing what you are preaching!
There are so many things people in the community can do to reach others
in need. In Benton Harbor there are many children and teens who need
godly structure today and need someone to take an interest and who will
listen and spend time with them. The time you spend with your kids
today will affect and play a big role in their futures. Ephesians
6:4 "Fathers do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in
the training and instruction of the Lord".
Be a godly ROLE MODEL to these kids don't yell and scream at your
children. A lot of times your kids are just wanting to be loved and
want a little of your time. They need fun creative activities and
things to do like a going for a walk, sitting down and playing board
games, reading books to younger children, going to the park for a
picnic, or other activities. Be creative!
On Saturdays "First Assembly Of God Church" every year offers "KIDS
STREET MINISTRY" at Broadway Park at Broadway/May at
10:00a.m.-12:00noon they offer games, snacks, a chance to win prizes,
fun activity and ministry for kids. for more information please call
269-556-1422 this is an exciting and fun time for kids to get involved
and something they will enjoy.
In the meantime adults in the community can start by cleaning up their
neighborhoods, or volunteering at the "Emergency Women's Shelter,"
reading to kids after school. The "Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen" is in
need helpers and servers and the "Volunteer Center Of Southwest
Michigan" always has something that people can get involved in.
Let's all make this a summer that will make a difference in the
community and in other people's lives by GIVING to those and showing
Godly love wherever we Go.
PHOTO /SANDY REED
Dedication of a ‘Revolutionary Tree’ in honor of the late Frances
Cleaves at Mott Community College, Flint, Michigan.
PHOTO /DAYMON J. HARTLEY
Flint, Michigan – On May 1, 2008, labor and
community activists, friends and family gathered to dedicate a
'Revolutionary Tree' in honor of the late Frances Cleaves at Mott
Community College. Organizers for the event, Sisters United, Poverty
Roundtable, and Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, felt that as a
champion and a voice for the cause of working people and poor people in
the Flint community and beyond, May Day was the most appropriate day
for the event. As a labor holiday founded here in the U.S., May Day
gives us an opportunity to celebrate workers hard fought victories,
summarize and point out a path for future struggles, and salute those
such as Frances E. Cleaves who helped to advance the cause. The plaque
'Revolutionary Tree’ In honor of a labor and community warrior
future generations to fight for a better community
The Mott Community College has opened its arms to the community to hold
future May Day events every year at the beautiful Red Maple tree.