Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Winter On the Street

Don a believer but also homeless living on the street for many years.
This is the time of the year that we are the most concerned.  This year, about 500 of the homeless will stay over and sleep outside this winter.  Many of them are good at surviving, have a lot of skills at camping even in the cold, but there are those who don't and have never done so.

This time of the year, we also come into contact with many low income families who struggle to put food on the table when the price of heat rises, many suffer depression as the Holidays approach because they know their children will not understand why they won't have much if anything for Christmas.

Every year, Burlington Street Ministries with the help of many local churches and Crestview Baptist Church in Canton NC help us with $10.00 McDonald's gift cards that are so much a blessing for the folks who receive them.  A homeless person can go into McDonald's, sit down and have a meal that he chooses and orders from the menu.  Can you imagine what that is like for someone who is homeless?  For a low income family, it can mean that they can buy a breakfast on their way to work.  A mother can take her children out for a treat, and many times we have been told that that was the only meal they had for the day.

We are asking for your help again this year, If you can donate either funds or McDonald's gift cards, $10 denomination, this will be a blessing for so many.  You can either click the donation button on the right, or send them to:

Burlington Street Ministries
112 Northgate Road
Burlington, VT 05408

Thank you all for your support over the past year, You are making a difference.  Faith is strong and growing among the homeless.

Your missionary to the streets,

David Russell

Monday, September 01, 2014

Summer, 2014

This summer has been one of the most difficult in quite some time.  Because the homeless have been driven from downtown, they have scattered all over the city so we have to find them.  Because of this, less time is spent on Church Street and City Hall Park which have been our primary site of ministry for 40 years.

We have given out over 600 Bruegger Bagel Gift Cards and well over 400 McDonald's gift cards.  We have feed quite a few people.

We have also encountered many other religious groups out sharing their faith with other, some we have not seen up here in man years.  The Jehovah Witnesses have had a presence on Church Street every Friday as well as the Hare Kristnas, Two different Buddhist groups, even the Moonies.  none of these groups are targeting the homeless.

We are winding down our outdoor ministry, in a few weeks, moving indoors.  A lot of the homeless we minister to will be heading out of town for warmer climate we will see who stays around.

Please pray for us as we come into cold weather and Christmas, which we see overwhelming need, and can be a very sad time for so many.  Our mission is to brighten up this time of the year for those who seek our help.

Thank you all for your support this year, as I always say, we could not do this without your support.  

Your Missionary to the streets,

Dave

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ministry Report for January - March

Greetings,

This has been a very tough winter.  First was the ice storm, then extreme cold, then warming, then back to extreme cold again, then lots of snow.  If that wasn't enough, we are into out second week of a city wide bus strike.  With all of this, getting around at all is very difficult.  Ministry has been severely hindered.

One of the bright spots has been our ability to give out McDonald's and Bruegger bagel gift cards which was vital to get food to those who could not get out because of the weather and bus strike.  We have just about depleted our supply.  I want to give special thanks to the Crestview Baptist Church in Canton, North Carolina.  Crestview has been providing gift cards for us for many years, and so many times the only card we have is what they provide monthly.  If it was not for them, we would not been able to help as many people as we do.

Spring is coming and we do look forward to spending more time on the street, but this is Vermont and spring time here usually comes in late May!  Please pray that this bus strikes ends soon, and that warmer weather will also come soon to relieve the suffering of many.

Your missionary to the Streets,

Dave

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Christmas - January

Thomas reaching out.  Pen and ink drawing by David A Russell
This has been a very cold year, which has made it very hard for those who call the street home.

 We would like to thank Jericho Congregational Church and the Baptist convention of New England for helping us this year with McDonald's and Bruegger gift cards, we were able to give out just over 2,000 $5 gift cards.

These cards helped so many to be able to get warm during the ice storm and those very cold below zero days.

We also gave out 400 pairs of new socks, and 730 bags of groceries.  We also gave out 190 Bibles.

We were able to make contact with some new homeless folks living in the woods surrounding the city, but ministry this winter was made very difficult because of the weather.  We are praying and looking to spring, and Thanking God that we were able to do what we did this winter.

We covet your prayers.
Your missionary to the streets,
Dave.



Friday, November 15, 2013

Hard winter for many this year.

This is where Marshal slept most of the summer.
This has been a good summer for us, we had the privilege of seeing 22 of the homeless folk come to Christ and help us in our evangelization efforts on the street.  We are sadden to see most of them leave for warmer weather and work over the winter by heading south.

We continue to give out a lot of food, and a lot of McDonald's Gift Cards, and Bruegger Bagel cards however we are all out of both.  We are in desperate need for some, if any  would like to contribute these $5.00 cards to us, it would be very helpful.  So many have been cut in their food stamps and the cost of food rising and heating their house will be a burden on many.

I am very concerned, and pray we can make connections this winter and meet those in need, and help where we can.

Your missionary to the Streets,

Dave Russell

Monday, July 22, 2013

Summer Street Ministry Report

" Sharing the Gospel on the street" - Pencil drawing by David A. Russell
Greetings from the street.



We have had a good summer despite all the nasty weather.  The most amazing part for us is to see 22 formerly homeless people out sharing the Gospel along 14 homeless folks.  Working together with us, we:

Gave out 1,292 Bibles
Gave out 2,109 Bruegger and McDonald's $5.00 Gift Cards
Gave out 1,261 Bags of groceries.
Served 1,100 lunches.
Had 491great opportunities to sit down and share the Gospel in depth, and we saw 6 people come to Christ and are doing very well.

Our street outreach this year has moved from strictly Church Street to Battery Park, Waterfront, downtown Winooski as well as Church Street and City Hall Park.

We have about two and a half months of warm weather before our summer outreach comes to an end for this year.  We pray for a good rest of the year, as well as some good weather.

I want to thank all of our supporters, without you, we could not do as much as we do each and every day on our troubled streets.

Your Missionary to the Streets,

David Russell
Pastor/Director.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

January - March 2013 Ministry Report

We have had a good winter ministry so far.  Our Friday afternoon bible fellowship has been well attended with an average of 29 people.

We are excited to announce that 19 of this group are no longer homeless, have jobs, apartment and been off drugs and alcohol for over a year.  All are doing very well in their faith journey.  One man whom we have ministered to for years is off to Union Theological Seminary for fall enrollment!  We are so proud of Carl!

So far this winter, we have been able to have personal contact with 354 different people who found themselves in great need.

We gave out 281 bibles.

Provided 541 Lunches.

Provided groceries to 384 people.

Gave out 936 Gift Cards to Bruegger Bagels and McDonald's to low income and homeless folk.

Best of all, we have seen 6 people come to faith.

We don't know what summer will bring, but will begin to pray and make preparations for our summer outreach.  We will be moving off Church Street and spending more time in Battery Park and the Waterfront areas as the homeless are being pushed off Church Street and City Hall Park.

We want to thank everyone who has supported us this year.  We could not do what we do without your support.

We are hoping to have a day of prayer the last week of May, so will be planning a on-site prayer vigil, more details coming soon!

Your Missionary to the Streets,

David Russell