Summer finally here! Yay! I just arrived home from a wonderful 10 days with our church youth group. We spent a week serving people experiencing homelessness at Siloam Mission in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They have an awesome program called Under the Radar geared at educating youth on the causes and effects of homelessness. Our group really enjoyed serving Winnipeg’s less fortunate as they were put out of their comfort zone and learned Siloam is serving in so many ways in Winnipeg!
Here are some of the ways that we served during our time there:
- Helping with food prep in the kitchen which included chopping veggies, making croutons, stirring soup, peeling potatoes, making homemade tortilla chips, etc.
- Serving meals to the patrons…and offering smiles!
- Picking up garbage on the street with those who have experienced homelessness and hearing a little of their life’s story.
- Making phone calls to thank those that support Siloam financially.
- Sorting clothing donations and having tons of fun trying on some crazy clothes!
- Helping patrons select a “new” set of clothes.
- Doing some major cleaning at a warehouse building owned by Siloam.
- Washing walls, door frames, window frames and sills, dining room chairs and tables…all at The Madison a new transitional housing project.
God was really at work in the hearts and lives of our students and through their times of service, devotions, testimonies, prayer, and fellowship…it’s such a blessing to see young people growing in their relationship’s with God and each other!
If you live anywhere near Winnipeg you should consider making a visit to Siloam Mission and volunteering for a day or two. It’s a great way to be the hands and feet of Jesus!
“A connecting point between the compassionate and Winnipeg’s less fortunate, Siloam Mission is a Christian humanitarian agency offering programs and services at no charge to those experiencing homelessness.
Siloam Mission alleviates the hardships of the poor and homeless, assists in transitioning them into self-sufficient and generous lifestyles, and advocates nationwide on their behalf.”