November 11, 2010

Churches challenged to give $100 per month to shelter

Letter to the editor

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — To the editor:

My name is Brother Johnny Jervis. I have pastured in and around Laurel County for many years. I am a former board member of the Christian Shelter for the Homeless Inc. in London, and I continue to support that ministry.

I am challenging the churches and their members in Laurel, Whitley, Knox, Clay, Rockcastle, Jackson and Pulaski to participate in the shelter’s “100 that give 100” program and make a pledge to the shelter of $100 a month for 12 months. Ninety percent or more of the people served at the shelter come from the counties I listed above. The shelter serves 45 to 50 people each day. Since opening in December 2007, 991 people have been served, including 121 children. Every day we are sheltering, feeding and caring for our brothers and sisters as a ministry of God’s love for us all.

Meeting this challenge will help us continue to serve the homeless in our area. Pastors have commented to me that the shelter has helped them to have a referral source other than the local motel. It saves their congregation the expense of a motel bill and they know the people will be cared for at the shelter. Moreover, as Christians, are we not called in Matthew 25:40 “ … Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done it to me.” How can we as believers turn our backs on those who need help the most?

Please pray about making the shelter a regular part of your church giving. Contact the shelter at (606) 330-0785 for more information.

Bro. Johnny Jervis