“And the Lord said to the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.”
This weekly outreach was originally how the ministry began providing food, drinks, blankets, socks, coats, and sleeping bags to meet the needs of God’s children. The street is a place where we can go and get to the heart of people and build relationships with them day or night.
“There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.”
This is a true introduction to what it is like to be homeless on the street other than sleeping on the street. This ministry takes you as close as possible to understanding that homelessness to something extremely difficult for anyone to do. It is a supervised outreach that takes groups young and old into the streets of our city. We walk out the life of the homeless through scripture and teach those who experience this daily as a way of life. We go under bridges and into homeless camps to share the love of Jesus Christ with those living in desperation.
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
This annual revival started in a tent with a few people and was held there for 19 years. This outreach ministry reaches the homeless, the poor, the wealthy all walks of life. It is normally held the second weekend in October from Sunday through Wednesday night with prayer, praise and worship, and guest pastors speaking. Love & Care provides each night a hot meal, clothing, haircuts, spiritual foot care, and much more. In 2015 God opened another door to move the revival into the Convention Center, which gave the outreach many ways to expand.
“If one of your brethren becomes poor and falls into poverty among you, then you shall help him, like a stranger or sojourner, that he may live with you.”
In 1999 Arrow Ford approached Love & Care about an annual “fund raiser”, which began in the parking lot of Arrow Ford. From 7:00 am to 7:00 pm the Friday before Thanksgiving the city of Abilene and the surrounding communities have the opportunity to come together and help Love & Care with non-perishable canned goods, all types of clothing, and monetary donations that help open and sustain multiple facilities at our campus. This great event benefits thousands of homeless and poor throughout our city each year.