SOUTHWEST LUTHERAN CHURCH REACHES OUT

Thanks to the generosity of Southwest Lutheran Church, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Lutheran Disability Outreach, and LDO-a program of Lutheran Social Services of Indiana the Praise & Worship Concert “Jump for Jesus” will be held on Tuesday, November 21 at 6:30pm. If you need more information please call Pat Garmire,  worship art director at 260-436-4474 or email at pat.garmire@southwestlutheran.org
Thanks to the generosity of Southwest Lutheran Church, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Lutheran Disability Outreach, and LDO-a program of Lutheran Social Services of Indiana the Praise & Worship Concert “Jump for Jesus” will be held on Tuesday, November 21 at 6:30pm. If you need more information please call Pat Garmire, worship art director at 260-436-4474 or email at pat.garmire@southwestlutheran.org
In a big city, one cold, dark night, a blizzard was setting in. A young man was selling newspapers on the corner, as people walked in and out of the cold. The young man was so cold that he wasn’t really trying to sell many papers.

He wheeled over to a policeman and said, “Mister, you wouldn’t happen to know where a poor young man could find a place to sleep tonight would you?”

The policeman looked down at the young man in his wheelchair and said, “You go down the street to that big white house on the corner and you knock on the door. When they come out the door you just say John 3:16 and they will let you in.”

So he did, he went to the door, and knocked. A lady answered. He looked up at her and said, “John 3:16.”

The lady said, “You come on in, son.”

She took him in and helped him into a big ol’ rocker in front of a great big ol’ fireplace and she went off.

He sat there for a while, and thought to himself, “John 3:16…I don’t understand it, but it sure makes a cold young man warm.”

Later she came back and asked him, “Are you hungry?”

He said, “Well, Ma’am, just a little. I guess I could stand a little bit of food.”

The lady took him in the kitchen and sat him down to a table full of wonderful food. He ate and ate until he couldn’t eat any more.

Then he thought to himself, “John 3:16…Boy, I sure don’t understand it, but it sure makes a hungry young man full.”

The lady came in and got him, took him to a room and tucked him into a big ol’ feather bed and pulled the covers up around his neck and kissed him goodnight and turned out the lights.

As he laid in the darkness and looked out the window at the snow coming down on that cold blustery night he thought to himself, “John 3:16…I don’t understand it, but it sure makes a tired young man rested.”

The next morning she came back up, helped him into his wheelchair and took him to another table full of food. After he ate, she took him to that same ol’ rocker in front of the fireplace and she took out a big ol’ Bible and sat down in front of him and looked up at him and asked, “Do you understand John 3:16?”

He said, “No, Ma’am, I don’t. The first time I ever heard it was last night when the policeman told me to use it.”

She opened the Bible to John 3:16, and she began to explain to him about Jesus. Right there in front of that big ol’ fireplace, he gave his heart and life to Jesus. He sat there and thought, “John 3:16. I don’t understand it, but it sure makes a lost young man feel safe.”

You know, I have to confess I don’t understand it either, how God would be willing to send His Son to die for me, and how Jesus would agree to do such a thing. I don’t understand it either, but it sure makes life worth living!

“A significant need exists to proclaim Jesus among people with disabilities,” explains Sr. Pastor David Maki. “The spiritual, social and emotional connections made are life-changing for these people, and, that is why Southwest Lutheran Church is offering a Praise and Worship Concert called, “Jump for Jesus.” “It is our way of helping the community.” The concert will begin at 6:30pm on Tuesday, November 21 at the church, located 1/4 mile south of Homestead High School at 5120 Homestead Road. It will be benefiting The Lutheran Disability Outreach Ministries.

Lutheran Disability Outreach reaches more than 500 people with the gospel of Jesus Christ through bible classes in churches throughout Northern Indiana.

Incredibly, more than 85% of mentally disabled adults who live in group homes have no meaningful contact with anyone other than other disabled people and paid staff.

Lutheran Disability changes that statistic.

Each week, in 34 churches and healthcare facilities, participants sing songs about Jesus, hear a gospel lesson, interact with church volunteers, pray together, have a snack and enjoy a much-needed evening away from their group homes.

More than 150 volunteers with a desire to help the disabled regularly give their time and hearts to those who attend. What begins as a 90-minute event builds a network of friendships and a place to belong.

The Waynedale News Staff

Cindy Cornwell

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