Ministry Testimony: Community Care

May 4, 2015
Claire Bechard

Author: Dean Vaccarino

I became homeless in March 2012. I was certain it was a temporary situation and was determined to get out of it on my own.  I would never consider asking for help, I had too much pride.  Ultimately I found my way to The Orchard – out of necessity.  No income meant no gas, no food, and no clothes. Life’s basics were out of reach.

It was a humbling experience, but I was met with kindness and compassion.  The first time I attended, I was given a gas card and was asked if I knew Jesus as my personal Savior.   Sensing that I didn’t, that volunteer shared the Gospel.  We prayed.  I left.

The next month I came again.  Even though I met with a different volunteer the experience was just as genuine.  I was given gift cards and again the Gospel was shared, but with a bit more fire.  That is when I felt a stirring in my heart.

I began to go to the Community Care LIFE Group on Thursdays, where the Gospel is clearly taught, and then one day as I was sitting in the park in downtown Arlington Heights, where the homeless hang out on nice days, I saw two Community Care volunteers. They approached me and asked if I had yet made the decision to follow Jesus as my Lord and Savior.  Right there in the park, they prayed with me.

I had read that we are to be silent so that we can hear God whisper.  I didn’t hear the whisper, but He gave me a rock solid shove!  Now, my life belongs to Him.  Today, I have a studio apartment, receive disability income and teach a seeker bible study in my building on Fridays.  I attend The Orchard and plan to seek membership.  None of this is from me, but from my Lord.

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One thought on “Ministry Testimony: Community Care

  1. Kelly Lewis says:

    I am a Member at The Orchard in Arlington Heights. I am.glad to know this person was treated respectfully and compassionately through this outreach. May God bless tho person as he is now able to help himself and others. Thank you for sharing.

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