People Matter!

We had the opportunity to speak about Code Purple today on Live! With Walls & Weller. I (Nikki) had a great time participating in the VS segment. Check it out here. https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FWRDENews%2Fvideos%2F10159680680165632%2F&show_text=0&width=560“>Live! With Walls & Weller. There are so many ways that being the Director of Code Purple has stretched me. If you would have told me six years ago that I would be giving interviews, speaking in churches and various organizations, and running a shelter, I would have laughed. You just never know what God will call you to but when He does, get ready for a great ride. It’s full of blessings as well as trials that forge your faith in the God that provides, protects, loves, and never lets us down.

Let me ask you a question. What do addicts, psychiatric patients, and sex offenders have in common? All three groups are a portion of what makes up our code purple family. These labels don’t always evoke the best thoughts, do they? I see many comments on news stories about “these types of people”. I really try hard not to use labels anymore. Over the last several years of running the shelters, I was fortunate enough to get to know the people behind the labels. Our guests have become my family and they are important. They come in feeling very hopeless and downtrodden. Unfortunately, they also see and hear the comments that are made about them daily and that saddens me. So, when they come in for dinner each night, we speak life and love to them. (Don’t worry, there are also boundaries. ;)) There is no fear here just peace that surpasses all understanding. My prayer is that they always feel compassion and not feel judged after we say, “Come as you are.” We don’t use labels because we do not want their unwise choices or health issues define them. Redemption is available to all! Our guests, our family, are people and they matter to us!

Ephesians 1:7  “In Him , we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace”

Come and join us in our ministry. You will be changed forever.

 

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