Above and Beyond
"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal." [Matthew 25:31-46]
There are many homeless, hungry, poor and suffering people in this world, and even in your very own communities. The Above and Beyond Ministry is dedicated to being a reflection of Jesus Christ to the world around us, by visiting the homeless, helping the aged, elderly and widows, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, assisting the poor, lending a helping hand to the needy, and mentoring the under-privileged. We see from what The Lord Jesus Christ said in Matthew 25 (quoted above), that there is a great reward for being a part of this Ministry.
The Lord Jesus Christ taught that we must not neglect the poor, homeless and destitute... "I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not..." [Matthew 25:42-43].
The Homeless Outreach ministry is currently engaged in a weekly community outreach program on Saturday mornings to the CASS homeless shelters in the Phoenix downtown area, to share with them some food, clothing, the Gospel and the love of Christ! Many lives are being impacted each week through this outreach effort. Many of the people from the shelters come to our Sunday Worship services, where they are receiving additional help and discipleship. Transportation to and from the Church services is provided for them through the Church Bus.
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Outstanding testimonies abound weekly among these people to the glory of God! Several cases have been healed and delivered from drug and alcohol addition, as well as prostitution, and many have given their lives to Christ! Many of them now have their own apartments with good decent jobs, some have reconciled with their families, and one lady in her late forties even returned to school to complete her GED! In one case, during one of our Church services, one visitor from the homeless shelter who came in on a wheelchair (he had been in that condition for eight years due to spinal cord injury) was delivered and healed in the presence of everyone, and he walked and leaped around the Church and folded up his wheelchair! He came back to the Church service two weeks later walking straight by himself! Oh, The LORD is good! All of these wonderful testimonies are as a result of the outreach efforts of our Above and Beyond Ministry, and we give all the glory to The LORD!
The LORD has given GMI a definite ministry to the poor, the homeless, the destitute, the disadvantaged and the under-privileged. We are witnessing a great moving of The Spirit of The LORD in this area. It reminds of this Scripture concerning David, "And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them..." [1 Samuel 22:3]
GMI hopes to establish a Foundation in the near future, to support this ministry and its work, as well as provide educational sponsorship in certain cases. We invite everyone to be a part of this wonderful ministry that takes the love of Christ to the people outside the Church! [Hebrews 13:13],[James 1:27],[Matthew 25:43].
The Bible clearly teaches that we need to minister to the sick, through visiting and prayers. The Lord Jesus Christ said, "I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not" [Matthew 25:43]. The Hospital Ministry reaches out to the sick, who are hospitalized, through visiting, prayers and personal witnessing. We have seen The LORD do and continue to do many wonderful miracles, healings for the sick through this hospital ministry. "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God" [Acts 10:38]. If you have compassion for the sick, we invite you to find out more about this wonderful ministry that is literally an extension of Christ.
The prisons are filled with people languishing away under incarceration, most of them lost without hope. We were instructed by Christ to visit those in prison, as He said, "I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not" [Matthew 25:43]. The Prison Ministry brings hope, light and deliverance to those that sit in darkness. "To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house" [Isaiah 42:7]. The prison ministry is a wonderful opportunity to bring the light of the love of Christ, and a message of hope to those within the dark walls of prison. If you feel that God If you would like to be a light to those in darkness, we invite you to find out more about our prison ministry.
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