I really do. We have a wonderful group of men whom I look forward to seeing Thursday by Thursday. I love the group for many reasons, mostly because they are just normal “guys – guys” going through life trying to grow their faith in the midst of busy lives, marriages, parenthood, and jobs. This past week, and because one of our members works at the Star Gospel Mission on lower Meeting street, we decided to have our meeting there. The Star Gospel Mission is Charleston’s oldest not-for-profit Christian welfare organization serving the homeless and needy in the community since 1904. They provide transitional housing for homeless men and respond to the needs of the community by offering food, clothing, rental assistance, utility assistance, emergency medical, and transportation assistance. Most importantly, they share the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and have a weekly Sunday worship which all men who are resident there are required to attend.
Little did we know what God had up his sleeve. First of all, we were fed beautifully. The food was hot for a cold day, and served with tremendous blessings. After a lively discussion thoughts turned again to the Star Gospel Mission. Making a long story short, the group decided that each member of the Life Group would share their story one at a time, Sunday by Sunday at the Sunday church service at Star Gospel! Wow! I was even told I would not be as effective because I wear a collar. How about that for a surprise! So, over the next several weeks and months, and one by one, our Life Group members will shuttle in to build relationships through simply giving their testimony. I’m humbled when I think that truly our life groups are not just for doing life with each other, but life groups exist to bring life to others!