To Give or Keep

I struggle with this monthly if not weekly. I have this accounting man in me that wants’ to keep money in the bank for the future bills and this Christ man that sees the need and desires to meets it.  Just last week a man came and wanted to go to a recovery program, that I have been suggesting he go to and although I am thrilled for his desire (Christ) I am concerned (accountant) for how I will get the $130 for the bus trip.

Thank you for your financial and prayer support for this ministry. We would not even be here without you let alone be able to minister to all the poor and hurting here in Philly. I am always blessed when the mail comes and it has the funds needed to match the monthly needs. I heard a verse this weekend on giving and the Lord said this about giving the tithe and the offering “Test me in this and see if I don’t open up heaven itself to you and pour out blessings beyond your wildest dreams.” Malachi   I pray this over you and your finances so that you can not only continue to bless us here at Cast Your Cares but many other as well.

I am still going through the process to get the gentleman into the program and I am sure the funds will be there when needed.  The Lord continues to meet the needs in this ministry and your generosity truly amazes me!

Blessings

Shard Removal

When the weather turns warm we spend as much time out of doors as possible. It is quite contrary to living in Florida most of my life where I spent time trying to avoid the heat. We are fortunate to have a beautiful side lot and spring marks the season where most city dwellers come out of their brick dens to officially end hibernation. Last year while dining in the side lot I dropped a glass sending it shattering all over the rock gravel lot. I hurried to clean up all of the shards before anyone got hurt and headed inside.

A couple of days later I went to the lot to do some early morning reading. The sun was shining so bright directly over my path and I stopped in my tracks as I saw more glass shards. I sensed the Holy Spirit speaking to me about all the shards that reflected in the clear light of day. I couldn’t believe how many I missed! He spoke how in our most painful moments we tend to pick up the large shards and call ourselves healed briskly move on with life. Only when we are capable of deeper healing does God reveal more shards that need to be gently removed.shards of glass

As you can imagine I needed a word from God at that moment in my life. I thought I was past a hurt and was bothered by this gentle reminder there was even more healing I needed. Until that moment I hadn’t realized festering shards were still in my heart that without God’s gentle hand removing them I could never be completely whole. I was well enough to do my day to day but God always wants more for us than to just get by.

Tender mercy and grace are His way. Our ministry to the hurting souls in Kensington is full of “shard removal”. I thought moving here we would preach the good news and all would be healed. Instead I have learned we are in fact healed bit by bit through a process that is just as important as the final healing! We have been enduring many processes just as you have and continue to see God’s hand in them all. The construction renovation moves nicely along. Faithfully each week men sacrifice their day off to build God’s kingdom here on Kensington Ave. as it is in heaven. The food cupboard remains open and full of food for more than 80 families each week. Jim’s time spent on the street continues to prove fruitful.  The outreaches are full each Saturday uniting Christ’s bride (the church) spending time with Christ (the least of these). And remains one of the most beautiful things our human eyes can behold.

Thank you for your sustaining support of our shard removal here in Philadelphia. I have a great peace knowing you agree with us to continue the work begun here entrusted to our family and volunteers.

Jenifer

 

We are very Thankful here in Philly

It has really been a great few months here in ministry.  I wish you could all come and experience the joy of ministry in the city of Philadelphia with us.  Someone gave me a newspaper article that stated that Philadelphia is the poorest big city in the U.S.  I thought what a great place to be helping the poor!

It should come as no surprise that the “feeding the hungry” ministries are a huge success.  We recently had a visit from Philabundance (Philly Food Bank) and they encouraged me to keep track of the food we give away.  I resisted because I said “We are not that big and it is not a big deal”. We did some rough calculations and we are one of their top food cupboards, as we are on track to give away over 65 thousand pounds of groceries, serve over 8,000 meals and hand out over 10,000 snacks this year!

Yes, those are the numbers but the real impact is the people we get to bless.  They are real people that are having a hard time with life in general. One lady told me it takes her an hour and a half to get here and she does not just come for the food but the fellowship and because of “how blessed” she feels after every visit.  This part of our ministry is the “foot in the door” of people’s lives, and from here we can go on to a deeper relationship with our neighbors.

It has been great to have Bob Marshal helping make bags and giving out the food.  He has been a champion for the hungry by raising over $5,000.00 for the food cupboard ministry.  We are very blessed to have Bob on board helping CYC.  If you are in the Yardley / Langhorne area and want to join Bob one day, give him a call (267-902-4760) and you can join him as he journeys down to Philly to minister. You can also contact him about his “Change for a Change” campaign. (a little spare change goes a long way)

You can tell ministry is growing and our need for a larger facility is upon us.  Right on time we have had a few people come together with a goal to finish construction on the ministry center.  It has been a busy and exciting past month as we now have a construction team with a goal (and plan) to have the first floor done by July 4, 2012.   The first floor ceiling beams are in and we have the approval from the city to drywall and fire seal the first floor ceiling. (That was a huge answer to prayer) We have also replaced the front wall and installed a new front door to code.

NOTE:    Pictures up on facebook at Cast Your Care Ministry also you can friend me friend me at www.facebook.com/jimishere

It is the time of year when everyone tells me I should send out a big “ASK” for year end contributions.  OK, can I have a big year end contribution from you?  Just kidding but in all seriousness those of you receiving this are “the team” and the ministry has grown because of you sharing CYC with your friends and family.  It is really cost prohibitive for us to do those bulk mailings but I know that we have you spreading the word about CYC and I thank you for your support.  We are currently putting together a construction fund raising plan, but if the $70,000 needed comes in before that, it would be an answer to my prayers. FYI, we already have over $11,500 given so know that prayer works.

Blessings to you for ministering here in Philly with us!

 

Fire !

This picture was taken from our ministry center as a wall of water was being put on a fire that made the national news.  It was a five alarm fire (the biggest) and it burned for days. St Francis Inn across the street was without power for over a day and many in the neighborhood were evacuated for safety concerns.  All was fine here at CYC and we were even able to offer drinks and bathrooms to some of the fire fighters.

We have been meeting many needs this past month and I was getting concerned that we might be giving too much away. I was seeking the Lord about when to stop the out flow so the bills were sure to be paid.  I happen to be reading the story about blind Bartimaeus in Mark chapter 10. As you might recall he was shouting for Jesus and people were telling him to hush. Ah, but Jesus went to him, the dirty blind loud beggar and asked him what did he want. What did he want? Most would assume he would want to see but yet Jesus asked him what he could do for him.

If Jesus said to you what do you want, what would be your reply?

This caused me to praise the Lord for all He has provided and tell the Lord money is definitely not what I would ask for.   That week more than enough money came in to pay all the bills meet all the needs and more.  ABUNDANCE!!

“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. NIV

Wondering what I would ask Jesus for?

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. NIV

Thank for being a part of that immediate and long term blessings that keeps CYC here in the inner-city of Philadelphia all year long.

I pray blessing over you for investing in heavenly treasures!

Jim Snider