Restoring Hope


Restoring hope to those experiencing poverty and homelessness.

No, I’m not referring to stopping into a “Cheers” like pub where everyone knows your name.

Rather what I’m talking about is being part of the OIM Outreach Team, dropping in to visit a demographic of our city commonly, though inaccurately, referred to as “homeless street people.”

You see, the friends and acquaintances I meet up with on outreach may not have a house or an apartment, but they do have a home; the streets of Ottawa and by the grace of God they have found family at OIM.

I am so thankful for God’s provision for my friends through OIM. Because of the “behind the scenes” planning and logistics and the generosity of OIM partners, each night we can go out onto the highways and by-ways and bring a blessing to our friends; whether it be a sandwich, a cold drink, toiletries or clean underwear.

Through these initial contacts I have had the opportunity to take some time and listen to their stories, who they are, where they came from, their hopes, their dreams and even their fears. You see, once you establish the trust that comes through sharing the love of Christ in a tangible way eventually there are opportunities to share the truth of what a relationship with Christ really means and, in due course, begin to restore their hope.

-Ric, Volunteer

0 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Has the Volunteer in you been awakened?

Jeremiah 9:23 says "This is what the LORD says: 'Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches...'” I like this verse because it exempl

A Word of Encouragement

Hebrews 13:16 says “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased”. This verse states that God is pleased when we do good and share with others. Helpi