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Topic: REFUGE (08/29/19)
- TITLE: Industry Of Reform
By Gloria Pierre Dean
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Their refuge is their home. Its their safe place to rest and sleep.
Look deeper, go further; ten miles away if you look on the city streets, there are bundles of sleepers in doorways. They are laid out on concrete. They have no refuge; no place to call home. Societyâ€™s dropouts, drug addicts and mind altered people are sleeping on backpacks. Some have begged all day and may have used their gains for todayâ€™s fix or for scraps of food.
Local churches saw the need. Heart wrenching stories were told and pastors and ministers got together. An unused building was bought and brought up to standard. Licenced by the city; an open door was provided for Godâ€™s destitute children.
This was not only a refuge for a night. Prayers, rehabilitation, healing and training were provided. An industry of reform began. All the willing ones now had a place to be renewed in soul and body. Some brought their friends along.
Local government got involved. They admired the work and decided to help by providing avenues for training. Skills were learnt; mechanics, farm workers, electricians and cooks were born. Many got jobs. Daily prayers and Bible teaching were non negotiable staples in the refuge.
Today the Industry of Reform is a model to the nation of how to change and bring the Kingdom of God to earth. Like the ants, the birds and the squirrels; the destitute now have a safe place to go.
â€˜Jesus came. He helped and healed the wounded lost ones in his town. Thieves, prostitutes and liars all found healing and hope in Christ. He set examples for us to follow. Our refuge is In Him; His loving heart our home. He became Our Fatherâ€™s Hands on earthâ€™.
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