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Let No One Lose Heart

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10

The army of God’s chosen ones comes to attention morning and  evening at prayer time but they are greeted with chilling words and taunts from the enemy. Forty days this insult goes unchallenged until a young man comes along who is delivering donations of homemade cheese and bread.

David hears Goliath disrespect the God David has been singing about under the stars and the insults have just run out of road. The food delivery is about to become a full on deliverance complete with a dead champion, a major rout of an enemy army and honor restored.

David’s words ring out and make him a biblical poster child for volunteers, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” (1 Samuel 17:32)

So much of what we are able to offer at the Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission comes from David-hearted people. I doubt they even see themselves as such but we do. The faithful who volunteer their gifts for love are major contributors to the success of our ministry to relieve suffering and advance the Kingdom of God.

We have volunteer financial counselors, barbers and beauticians, art instructors, teachers, intercessors, encouragers, 12 step leaders, chapel ministers, food servers and those who chauffeur our clients to church. All work for love. All help keep the No Vacancy sign posted for the giants who come to call.

April is National Volunteer Month and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have given so many hours in service to the Mission over the years. If you are reading this and are numbered among this wonderful group, thank you! Thank you for your hours, your talents, your encouragement and your great love. We love you and treasure your unselfish contributions of time and sheer goodness.

Anchorage has many non-profit groups making good use of the skills and kindnesses of our talented neighbors. As one small client of ours shared with another client over supper, “My mom says angels made this.” I couldn’t agree more but our angels, and those of our sister agencies, are often bankers, programmers, firemen, nurses and students in their regular lives. The same plays out all over the city.

If you have ever considered volunteering, or if you currently do so, please recognize that your contribution will always be more than just bread and cheese. It is the words of David echoing down to us from the battlefield, “Let no one lose heart.” All we serve are hungry for encouragement.  It is no coincidence that the month celebrating volunteers is also a month highlighting hope. The two are truly inseparable.

May the Lord bless and prosper all who have lavished themselves upon us. May none we serve ever lose heart.

Gratefully,

Pastor John