KOH2RVA: Day 68

Roanoke is a lovely city, and those Virginia Baptists are lovely people, but it’s great to be back home in Richmond this morning, sipping some delicious Bolivian coffee as the sun comes up and wondering:

How will I bring the KOH2RVA today?

Thursday is usually my day off, and I want to honor that. I’ll take some time off today to rest and relax. But at 5:00 this evening the church staff is volunteering at Grace Fellowship and I’m going to be there.

What is Grace Fellowship? I’m glad you asked. Here’s what it says on the website:

History and Purpose:

Grace Fellowship began in 1992 in the living room of a local resident. It was named Grace Fellowship because we seek to extend God’s grace and the first meeting place was located on Grace Street. It’s purpose was, and is, to provide Christian fellowship, Bible study, prayer, and a hot meal to those less fortunate in our community.

Meeting Times and Places:

We meet at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday evening at First Baptist Church. The service and meal lasts approximately two hours, ending around 8:30 p.m.

Why is Grace Fellowship important?

For our guests, it may be the only chance they have to hear the Word of God and to grow in His grace. For the members and volunteers of First Baptist, it is important because it provides an avenue of witness and service to those who may otherwise be excluded. It also provides a hot meal and other services and necessities such as access to the clothes closet, sleeping bags and blankets, toiletries, and information on other services in the area. We also acknowledge our guest’s birthdays and special accomplishments.

As I said, Roanoke is a lovely city and those Virginia Baptists are lovely people, but I have a feeling that tonight I’m going to have a chance to help bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Richmond, Virginia–this place where I live, this place that I love. What encourages me most is that this is not a new thing for First Baptist. We’ve been involved with Grace Fellowship for 20 years. Long before KOH2RVA the church understood that whenever we do it for the least of these, Jesus’ brothers and sisters,

We do it for him.

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