God is able!
For 40 days after His resurrection Jesus "presented Himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that He was alive." (Acts 1:3)
Wherever we are in things personally today, let's take time to seek, acknowledge, and praise Jesus for at least one way that He is proving His Living Presence in our lives. He's Alive!
Because of Jesus,
"3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, [Peter] and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles."
Corinthians 15 : 3-7
Will has a place “for life” as of today!!! After the better part of 20 years homeless, Will is in a place of his own. After many years of patient ministry and interaction with Will by so many MALTA volunteers over the years, Will began to see a hope and a future for himself with new eyes. He began to come and pray and learn with one of our volunteers, especially, and came to salvation in Jesus. Even though he still struggles with some big things, Will made great strides in many aspects of life and accepted help and guidance from social workers he connected with during MALTA public office hours. As a result of his changes, the great efforts of his social workers and the encouragement he receives through his faith and MALTA volunteers, I was privileged to follow him and his social worker, Nick as he entered his home for the first time today. While TVCCA is providing Will with furniture and some basic household items, MALTA was able to provide Will with a microwave, comforter set, pillows and other items, as well as groceries. Thank you to everyone who has poured into Will’s life. Please pray for him as he engages in this new lifestyle. He will still have Nick from TVCCA in his life on a regular basis, and come to MALTA on Wednesdays, but needs prayer covering. Please check the website in the next few days for photos.
BIG THANKS to GROTON HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH for their special Lenten Collection of 215 cans of soup. This will go a long way to helping people who are experiencing food insecurity to have nutritious protein filled meals. You are appreciated!
AS THE WARM WEATHER INCREASES, so does the number of individuals who “camp.” Please pray for this. Pray that we can help people to connect to the services they need before they lose their housing, that they accept the help they are offered and need, and that they do not see living in a camp as a viable lifestyle.
PRAY for our partnership with Yale School of Medicine (YSM). I mentioned last month that YALE reached out to MALTA, impressed by the scope of our interaction with the many different “hidden homeless” populations, as well as people living in shelters. Today I received word that our partnership with their mobile outreach is a “go” and will begin in May! More details are forthcoming. Praise the Lord for His favor in connecting us to reach so many more people through the opportunity to serve people and Him as we supply people with immediate material needs and offer spiritual support as well.
REVELATION CHURCH has been extremely gracious towards MALTA in their transition into ownership of the church building in which we are housed. We are grateful and look forward to our partnership going forward.
If any Pawcatuck volunteers would like to experience volunteering with a Groton/New London team once, there are several dates in April where we could use people. Please look at the attached schedule and see if any of the dates indicated “Volunteers Needed” fit your schedule and desire to serve.
Jeans, Jeans, Jeans….and did I mention JEANS???!!! Especially men’s – waist sizes 32, 33, 34 especially
Summer clothes: short sleeves, shorts, jeans, and hoodies.
REFERENCES – I would LOVE to engage your group, club, workplace, school…Please refer me or supply me with names/numbers/email addresses to increase our exposure and collection potential.
For more updates, changing weekly, look around this website in the Latest News and Events sections for photos and more regarding God at work through our involvement with the community and: Covenant Shelter, New London Homeless Hospitality Center (shelter) and Warming Center, Noank Youth Shelter, St. Vincent DePaul Place, Fellowship House, Safe Futures and more.