by Tom Albrecht
Christ's Church of the Rockies and the Front Porch Outreach Ministry of CCR are seeking to raise awareness and support for the ongoing ministries we do in the Loveland area.
We see the ministry growing more and more because of the economics and other factors that contribute to homelessness. So many have tragic stories of childhood neglect and abuses that have led to a life of addictions. External circumstances are a result of a deeper condition of the heart and mind in the homeless community.
An ancient proverb states: "As a man thinks in his heart so is he" and another proverb says, "Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." The CCR congregation is all about helping to heal the brokenhearted and the oppressed so they will have a change of perspective on life and living. Our homeless and addicted members of the community need a lens change.
To quote Graham Cooke; a British revivalist, "A lens can either block or bend our perspective on life. A lens is what we see through; it can either obscure or clear our vision." Often the brokenness of a person's past can obscure or completely blind a person from seeing any hope of change or understand one's identity.
Over the past eight years of the Front Porch Outreach Ministry, we have seen a number of people who are homeless and addicted get free and regain control of their lives. Finding meaningful work, affordable housing and reclaiming good health is happening in our city, because of caring people from the faith community and partnerships with other social agencies.
We may never end homelessness and addictive behaviors that destroy lives, but we can faithfully provide alternatives to the bad choices and sad circumstances that follow.
Want to help?
What we need from our community is partners who would be willing to invest financially. Our part as a church is to provide the spiritual component that focuses on the condition of the heart and help restore dreams and visions that have been shattered by circumstances beyond our control.
Some of those we minister to who are homeless and addicted have made poor choices in their pasts. Others have had violence and neglect foisted on them. Either way, we are here to help restore the dignity and identity of those who are hungry, homeless and hurting.
If you would like to visit the Front Porch Outreach during the week, you would be most welcome. The congregation of Christ's Church of the Rockies extends a warm welcome to our weekly services as well. The Spirit of the Lord is the one who empowers and motivates us to do this great work, and we welcome you to partner with us.