I continued to write this column because you the readers have been so faithful and loving. Your calls, emails, and letters letting me know how much you enjoyed a weekly inspirational message means more to me than you will ever know. So many of you have told me that you save the columns and share them with your friends. Although I had to leave Emanuel, I hoped I could continue writing this column, but now God has let me know that this season also must pass. It’s hard to let go but I know I must because the demands of ministry are increasing as disease and economic hardship wreak havoc in our communities.
The good news is that in the Exodus ministry, the COVID 19 pandemic has not stopped us from providing faith based supportive housing to homeless men and women returning to the community from substance abuse treatment centers, jails, and prison. With 73 beds, nine program locations, a vocational training program and a thrift store we have had tremendous challenges remaining open and keeping everyone safe. I’m very happy to report that so far in the pandemic no one at Exodus Homes or Exodus Church has tested positive for COVID 19 and we are still standing. Our challenges to survive in the days ahead are big, but God is bigger. Many homeless people from the Lincolnton area have gotten back on their feet again in the Exodus ministry and we hope to be here for many years to come.
I pray God’s blessings for you and would love to hear from you anytime!
Rev. Smith is the Assistant Executive Director of Exodus Homes www.exodushomes.org and Associate Pastor of Exodus Missionary Outreach Church www.exodusmissionaryoutreachchurch.org. She can be reached at 828-962-8196, email@example.com or P.O. Box 3311, Hickory NC 28603.
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