I've mentioned that my church hosts IHN homeless families, but I forgot to mention the best thing that's happened so far.
Last time, we had the maximum number of guests -- fourteen. On Saturday, there were nine kids and one John. They ran me ragged.
But one of the kids, Michael (7), asked if we could look inside the sanctuary. So he rounded up the kids, I unlocked the sanctuary, and we went in. For most of the kids, this was their first time inside a church in years. They were mesmerized by its beauty.
Michael had the idea that we should pray. So we all knelt at the communion rail and prayed. Again, for most of the kids, this was a new experience.
Later that day, the kids approached me and begged to go to the sanctuary and pray. So we went again.
For these kids, their first (or at least most recent) experience with the Christian community is that it gave them a home and food. Can there be any better way to share the Gospel message?