Peter came to the drop-in for about a year. He was quiet and kept to himself for the most part. Then he started to help with cleaning up little messes in the drop-in. He would give those serving in the drop-in more of a smile and say, “God bless you”. One day he asked if he could stick around and help clean up the drop-in. I asked him why.
He said he finally got the point of all the sermons he’d heard in the chapel services and why we were serving others. He said that he’d found more and more of the peace of Christ at the Mission. He’d felt the love of Christ in how people served in the drop-in and in the meals after the chapel services. He was grateful we were here and grateful that he was introduced to Jesus through UGM. Helping in the drop-in was his way of saying “thank you” to the Mission and his way of sharing the love of Christ that he was finally experiencing.
Sometimes the Lord changes hearts in ways that are like the “gentle whisper” Elijah received from God in 1 Kings 19:12. God does not always reveal Himself in spectacular ways, but in humble ways through humble people like Peter.
1 Kings 19:12 – “After the earthquake came the fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper” (NIV).
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