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

Monday, January 14, 2013

Christmas on the Streets

We had a great time of ministry over the Christmas season.  Quite a few of the homeless folks we have been ministering too had a chance to go home and be with family, many of them for the first time in years.  Nine of our folks have been clean and sober for over a year, and have given God the glory for this.

We gave out 400 bibles
We gave out 812 $10.00 Bruegger Bagels gift Cards and over 500 McDonald's gift cards.
We also gave out 202 bags of groceries.
100 pairs of new underwear, 200 pairs of gloves, 300 pairs of new socks.

Some of the most exciting thing for me was to see the amazing bible discussions regarding the birth of Christ, why Jesus had to come and what God means to us.  Quite a few expressed gratitude that they experienced God's love and guidance this past year.

We are coming into the coldest and worst part of winter, and we will continue to be available to those who call the streets home.  I want to thank everyone who has supported us this past year, we can't do this without you.

Your Missionary to the streets,

Dave

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ministry report for the year.

Greetings, We are ending our summer outreach and preparing to move indoors for the winter. a lot of changes for us this year. We had a good year, a lot of need, and we met so many fine people we were able to minister to. We gave out 1,620 bibles.

We gave out 2,433 $5.00 gift cards to McDonald"s and Brueger Bagels to the homeless and needy families.

We gave out 1,661 bags of groceries.

 We gave out 1,620 brand new pairs of socks to the homeless.

 We gave out 114 new pairs of shoes to the homeless.

 We gave out 975 pkg. of new underwear to the homeless.

 We had 555 personal contacts with people to share about Faith in Christ on a deep level, with 14 people coming to faith.

 We had a good year, but we also experience some very severe problems. Several times this summer some other Church groups were out and bringing a very different message than we have for 37 yeas. One group came down with signs blaming the shooting in Colorado on "liberals and gays". another blaming all the problems of the world on evolution. Besides these two groups, there were many more people coming down and taking the above stances and causing a lot of problems. We are seeing an increase of this over the past few years.

Also the homeless have been pushed out of downtown, creating a hostile environment for them, pushing them to the waterfront and other places.
 So we have made the decision to relocate from downtown to the Waterfront, Battery Park, and possibly downtown Winooski.

We will be staying downtown over the winter, but as long as the weather is still nice, we may venture into these new areas for the fall.

Thank you all for your support, really we could not do this without your financial support.  God is moving in a powerful way among the homeless, and I count it a privilege to be a part of What He is doing.

Your Missionary to the streets,

Dave Russell