Friday, July 18
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The Presbytery of Mississippi
Named after Billy Brumfield, a homeless man who died of hypothermia, the Billy Brumfield Shelter in Jackson provides a home for up to 60 men each night. In addition to providing these men a place to sleep, the shelter also provides counseling for alcohol and drug addiction and, for those with medical disabilities, help negotiating state and federal requirements for benefits and permanent housing.
In early 1999, members of Faith Presbyterian Church’s young adult ministry began to seek ways to minister in the community. After prayerful consideration, they decided that a partnership with the Billy Brumfield Shelter would be a wonderful way to make a difference.
On the first Sunday of every month, young members of Faith Presbyterian serve a hot and delicious meal to the men of the shelter. Congregation members also offer a devotion and prayer and make an effort to become involved in the lives of the men.
James 2:14–17 says: “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,’ and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.”
By coming together in this shelter, the young adult members of Faith Presbyterian are indeed acting out their own faith and practicing the love of God in a way that acknowledges every person’s dignity, individuality, and worth.
Faith Presbyterian Church in Jackson is one of 35 congregations in the Presbytery of Mississippi.
—Kevin A. Green, member, young adult ministry, Faith Presbyterian Church, Jackson
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Michelle Lori, PMA
Let us pray
Father God, it is our fervent prayer that you would help us to be the disciples you have called us to be. Give us the grace to show love to all those we encounter, and, as we do so, remind us to lift your name so that all will know of your goodness and mercy. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.