“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby
some have entertained angels unawares. – Hebrews 13:2
When photographer Matt Collamer took this photo of “Michael” in a Boston subway station, Matt told him he liked his sign. “What matters is what it means to you,” he replied. Matt asked what it meant to him. “Doing a deed or expressing kindness to another person without expecting anything in return,” Michael said. Matt adds: “I love approaching strangers wherever I go. Listening and talking to them teaches you about people and how similar we all are to one another. Just like Michael, we’re all seeking human kindness.” I could not agree more. -aaw
PEACE & JUSTICE
Desiring to be “the hands and feet of Christ” to this generation in whatever small way I am able, I Corinthians 12:12-27 and in the spirit of Franciscan spirituality on behalf of Nexus Prayer, I am blessed to be able to pray, volunteer, and financially support a few select ministries and organizations who have dedicated themselves to helping “the least of these” Matthew 25:35-40 – those most effected in our society by the social injustices of our modern world.
Read a brief summary about these missions of mercy below, or click on any of the links under the Advocacy tab above to take you directly to their websites that describe their programs and services in detail.
“For His sake, I am but one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I ought to do. What I ought to do, by the grace of God, I will do. Lord, what will you have me do?” – DOK Motto: Attributed to Edward Everett Hale
The 1960 Hope Center located in Northwest Houston, is dedicated to restoring the God-given dignity of our brothers and sisters who are homeless. At the center they find a welcoming atmosphere where they can relax and hang out. The facility offers shelter from inclement weather, clean restrooms, hot showers, a laundry, lunch and other necessities Beyond the temporary basic needs, there are also mental health providers, support groups, and life coaches to support the men and women on their path out of homelessness.
The 1960 corridor, now known as the Cypress Creek Parkway, has become a major center for the homeless in Houston. They have tent cities in many wooded areas. On rainy nights they huddle in doorways in an attempt to stay dry. During the day some work, some panhandle, and others search for food. These are people like us; this could be any of us. A major medical bill, the loss of a job, a divorce or mental illness could put many of us on the streets.
SEX & HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Founded in 2005, Redeemed Ministries cares for survivors of domestic sex trafficking in Houston and from around the nation by delivering quality, holistic, trauma-informed survivor care to those exploited by human trafficking through commercial sexual exploitation.
Redeemed owns and operates an 8-bed restoration house in the Houston area for women rescued from their slavery. The house is a place of healing and hope for the journey ahead. They have designed a program to provide holistic healing addressing the emotional, physical, relational and spiritual needs and the uniqueness of each individual.
REFUGEE & IMMIGRANT RESETTLEMENT
Episcopal Migration Ministries is the refugee resettlement ministry of The Episcopal Church, proudly carrying on a century-old legacy of Episcopal ministries that welcome immigrants and refugees.
People do not become refugees by choice. Refugees are children, women, and men forced to flee their homes on account of persecution, war, and violence. When refugees cannot return home nor integrate into the first country that provides them safety, they may be eligible for resettlement to a third country. Less than ½ of 1% of the world’s refugees will ever be resettled.
EPISCOPAL PUBLIC POLICY NETWORK (EPPN)
As Christians we are called by our Lord to not only be the body of Christ I Corinthians 12:12-27 (the hands and feet of Jesus to our generation) but as the strong, to also bear the burdens of the weak. Romans 15:1 In other words, I believe it is our Christian duty to help those who cannot help themselves.
But with that said, I also believe it is our moral responsibility to seek God’s wisdom and use our God-given intellect to educate ourselves and others on the most vital concerns and issues facing both our country and the world today.
For these reasons, I choose to be an active member of the Episcopal Public Policy Network, a grassroots network of Episcopalians dedicated to carrying out the Baptismal Covenant call to “strive for justice and peace” through the active ministry of public policy advocacy.
“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” – Matthew 25:35-40
NOTES & CREDITS
Photo Credit: “Human Kindness” by photographer Matt Collamer | Public Domain. Used and modified with permission of Matt Collamer via Unsplash.