October Newsletter from Christ's Body Ministries
Christ's Body Ministries had a first annual Board Retreat in September! The day was spent up in the mountains with the staff planning for the upcoming year. There are many exciting things the Board discussed that they think God may be moving Christ's Body Ministries towards in the future. Be on the lookout in the next few newsletters explaining what the Board discussed and what plans God may be bringing us to in 2019!
Christ's Body Ministries has a new Vision statement that we believe embodies what we do in our ministry.
Vision: We see, we love, we help the homeless rise in Christ.
Our mission statement reveals the way in which we realize our vision.
Mission: We feed, clothe, heal, share the gospel, and disciple 365 days per year.
We are a church. We are a rescue mission
We have a resident community
We provide a day shelter
We offer a 30-day respite/healing program
We provide a weekend food outreach
We are a prayer/ counseling ministry
We would ask that you prayerfully consider a generous end-of-the-year contribution to help us work for God's kingdom serving the homeless in Denver.
Going Forward in 2019
I am excited about the work of Christ’s Body Ministries in 2018! It’s been a good and fruitful year. But I am also expecting a great 2019. God blesses this ministry every day in amazing ways. It is all about transformation into faith and deliverance from sin. We will continue to do this work in 2019.
Recently, our board and staff gathered together and sharpened up our vision and mission statements. We believe that God clearly spoke to us. We believe that God wants us to carry out this vision now and in 2019: “We see, we love and we help the homeless to rise in Christ!” The accompanying mission which fulfills our vision is to “Feed, clothe, heal and share the Gospel 365 days per year.”
We also believe that God is moving us to seriously pray and plan in 2018 for the purpose of “increasing our territory” in 2019. It could mean buying the “Opal” property just north of our current building. It may mean the acquisition of farm property in Eastern Colorado for a long-term life recovery program for homeless men. And, it could be for new sites for new Christ’s Body Ministries in the Rocky Mountain region.
The bottom-line is simple. I hope you will partner with us in prayer and with your financial support. Know this-we will carefully use your gift in a way that will transform the lives of the poor and the homeless.
Pastor Jim Chapman
Wyoming, beautiful in its own unique way. You know that you have arrived when you see more cattle and horses than people!
The lovely, small town of Dubois, Wyoming was the site for this year’s fall weekend resident retreat. Tucked away in the northwest corner of the “cowboy” state, it was a hometown to Butch Cassidy! A big “thank you” is in order for Liz Furman, the owner of the Black Bear Inn in Dubois, for her gracious accommodations and a fantastic weekend.
When you put a pair of fishing waders on a person, something happens. A highlight of our Wyoming trip was a guided fly-fishing excursion to some “no-name” creek. It was great to watch our residents attempt to master the fickle art of fly-fishing for finicky trout. Most caught something, but the small creek and wind made it tough. When we did what our guides told us to do, there were fish to be caught. The secret: trust the teacher and the prescribed way.
Within that context of fishing, there is a prescribed way to God. It’s called faith. God prizes this quality most highly in his followers. Some would say that God prefers the growth of faith as the most important character trait of a believer.
Our faith has a starting point. The starting point is described in John 15. Jesus taught that every believer must reside in him. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit.” The key word here is to “remain”, or to abide. Jesus’ point: a successful Christian life is anchored in Christ alone. This is where our roots of faith grow.
“Beautiful” Wyoming was a powerful reminder that there is only one way into eternal life. That way comes from faith which sprouts in Jesus. He makes the point: “that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples (John 15:8).
Blessings to you and your family,
Ministry of Prayer!
Please come and pray with us!
We meet regularly every Tuesday from 12:00- 12-30 and invite anyone who feels called to join us. Pastor Bruce is expanding our prayer ministry to include more days of the week.
Tuesdays: We are specifically praying for the church. We are a church to the homeless and we lead many of our guests to the Lord.
Wednesdays: We pray from 11:30-12:00 for the helpless, homeless, hurting and lost.
Thursdays: We pray from 11:30-12:00 for the world! Praying that God will use His people to help others "to know Christ, and to make Him known."
Fridays: We pray from 10:30-11:00 for our community. People we see regularly, we work with or live near.