Why does it matter?
One of our most inspiration people at Peoria Rescue Ministries (and we have many inspiring stories here) is Nate. While many people can feel dead in their sin, Nate actually was dead. He had overdosed on heroin in the restroom of a local fast food restaurant and was dead for 8 minutes. God, however, was not going to give up on Nate.
When he regained consciousness at the hospital, he found that a paramedic had given him 5 doses of the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan. Typically they administer three doses and stop there, considering the subject to be irreversibly dead. After the third dose, neither God nor the paramedic were going to give up on Nate. Five total doses later, and Nate was revived enough to continue treatment at the emergency room. Nate is a living, breathing testimony to miracles happening when we follow God’s lead and don’t give up.
Later, Nate discovered Peoria Rescue Ministries and came here. Through a lot of people working and loving Nate, a lot of Nate’s own hard work, and God overseeing every bit of it, Nate’s life is dramatically different. No longer using and with a bright future ahead of him, Nate is helping others discover they have a profound worth to God.
Not all of us have a witness that powerful to give to a world of brokenness. In many ways, we’re blessed in that regard. What we do have is the ability to help in many other ways.
In the end, it’s because this is what God sees as true worship (Isaiah 58:10-12).
Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. (sustainable HOPE AND HELP)
Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes.
Not all of us are CALLED to ministry to the poor and oppressed. God calls and equips each of us for a ministry of the good works he has prepared for us so again not all of us are called to a ministry to the poor and oppressed. BUT all of us COMMANDED and REQUIRED to love our neighbor, to live openhandedly and generously toward the poor to show mercy to those in need and all of us must do that and TEAM HOPE is one way we can partner together to do that.