We are not a Matthew 25 Ministry

I have seen several ministries that label themselves “a Matthew 25 ministry.” This irritates me as it demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of the gospel and a misreading of Matthew 25. Matthew 25 is where Jesus speaks of the final judgment where he separates the sheep from the goats. The sheep are those who have visited Him when he  was sick or in prison or fed him when he was hungry or clothed him when he was naked and the goats are those who did not do these things. Everyone asks “when did we do this” or “not do this”. He responds “when you did … or did not, do it unto the least of these my brothers.” Everybody is surprised. This indicates that this is not something one can plan ahead to do.

We cannot pay for our salvation. “All of our works of righteousness are as filthy rags.” I do not serve the homeless to earn heaven. That’s preposterous, and on some level it is insulting to the people I serve. The best answer I can give any more as to why I serve is that it makes me happy. I have said for years that I do this because I am selfishly doing what makes me happy and I mean it. God created us to do good works. Ephesians 2:10. Everyone in the evangelical camp likes to quote 2:8-9, but they forget verse 10 which is the conclusion.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

So I’m just trying to walk in the good works that God prepared for me to do. It’s what I was made for. It’s the happiest place I could possibly be.

I serve them. Hopefully, I help equip others to serve. Many of them serve me in encouragement, friendship and prayer. We learn in some small way to be God’s family, perhaps.

We work. We pray. We laugh. We cry. We struggle. We hope.

In the end, perhaps we may be surprised by grace.

Thank you for your prayers and your support. God bless you.



“Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, …”

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I don’t know if it’s wisdom, but I am crying non-stop these days. By non-stop, I mean 24/7. My cheeks are wet during the day. My pillow is soaked during the night. I have been asked why I cry. The answer is: I don’t know. Is it because of depression, my Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the pain in my back, the general sad state of affairs in the world, the general sad state of affairs in the church, the school shootings, not being able to meet the needs of my friends on the street, … ?

I have been trying for weeks to write a fundraising post for The King’s Jubilee, something positive and encouraging. I am paralyzed with grief every time I try to write. I finally decided to go with it. We have about $250 per month in regular donations. That just about covers auto expenses. We need 10 times that to continue the ministry. I have worked 3/4 time to full time for 25 years with no pay and few vacations. (We had our first vacation, a weekend in DE, in 9 years, last week, due to the generosity of friends.) I am not complaining. I am just spelling things out. There is more than “just Thursday night” going on here. People get upset with me. People believe lies told about me. People disagree with my politics. They punish the poor and homeless by withdrawing support to the ministry.

I will tell you a dirty little secret. Everyone who has served the poor as long as I have has roughly the same politics as I do. I will tell you another dirty little secret. Christians should stop wasting their money on politics. We can make a bigger difference in setting the pace in direct ministry, in Jesus’ Name.

Every dollar given to this ministry is helping the poor and homeless in one form or another. We receive no government or corporate support. We are not hosted by any given church. We depend on your alms. God bless you.



Guava Rice & Plantain Spice

This is a simple and delicious recipe that the people really loved. It is sweet with no added sugar. It looks elegant and smells wonderful! People keep asking me, “Where do you come up with these things!” All I can say is that I have scripts for four different psychoactive drugs, so it’s anybody’s guess. Here we go!

Ingredients:

  • 2 litres guava nectar
  • water
  • 2- 2lb. packages long grain white rice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 13 ripe, yellow plantains, peeled and sliced thin like a banana

Directions:

In my rice cooker, one bag of rice is equal to seven measures of rice, which is the maximum. Put that in with 1 litre of guava nectar and the cinnamon & cloves, and fill up to proper level for amount of rice and cook. Then empty it into a large roaster pan and add half the sliced plantains and stir together. prepare the second bag of rice the same way. Mix the two batches of rice together thoroughly. Save out enough plantain to cover the top with one complete layer.  Then cover and bake at 200º for a few hours, until you are ready to go to your event or leave for the park.

Enjoy!



Hot, Sweet Something

I’m going crazy in the kitchen again. I just heard the voice of one of my daughters (or was that all of them?) in my head, saying “make that still.” At any rate, we have had such large crowds lately, that I thought I should make another dish. I had quinoa, but not enough time to go to Produce Junction. Inspiration combined with great sales on the “Ethnic Foods” aisle at Giant when I went to buy the iced tea. Here is the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups organic quinoa
  • 2 litres mango nectar
  • 1 quart water
  • avocado oil
  • ~ 1 Tablespoon fresh grated ginger root
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon allspice
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 cans (40 ounce) yams in syrup

Directions:

In a turkey roasting pan, over two burners, heat a generous amount of avocado oil and toast the six cups of quinoa. Be careful not to burn it.  Have the Mango nectar and the water ready. Add the Mango nectar and the quart of water before the quinoa burns. Stir frequently. Bring the pot to a boil and stir frequently while it simmers for 5 or 6 minutes. This is when you add the ginger, allspice, and cinnamon. Then mix in the vanilla and cover. Turn off the heat and let sit for 15 minutes. Open the cans of yams. Using a sturdy wisk, mash the yams in the cans thoroughly, then spread them over the quinoa in the roaster pan and wisk them into the mixture. Place the roaster in the oven and bake at 200º until you are ready to leave for your event or to serve to the folks in the street.

It is tasty and sweet and nutritious, with protein and fibre and flavonoids and healthy spices.