Friday, August 3, 2012

HOPE






I was doing some employment research and came across this great story on the website it says “Methodist Mission Home was founded in 1895 in the wake of a dramatic and spontaneous conversion experience by Madam M. L. Volino who ran a brothel on San Saba Street. Inspired by a street revivalist, Madam Volino returned to her house in the red light district vowing to begin a new life. Through financial and emotional support of the Methodist community and Travis Park Methodist Church, Volino converted the brothel into a rescue home for "fallen women." By the early 1900's, most of the women who arrived were pregnant and unwed and the Rescue Home became known primarily as a maternity center.”

More than a century later the Methodist Mission Home continues to serve hundreds of people each year. Adoption services, domestic, international and older-child adoption programs and SCHI offers community-based and residential programs for adults who are deaf/hard of hearing or have other disabilities.

I have lived here most of my life and have never heard of this story. To me it shows that the Lord’s mighty hand is at work from the beginning, this city has a heritage of God’s word being proclaimed. This should give us encouragement and be about our Father’s business.  God is in the people business, we should be too.  How exciting it could be if we who have so much would just direct our efforts to those who need the saving Grace of Jesus.

This reminds me of Luke 7:47HCS                                         
Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; that’s why she loved much. But the one who is forgiven little, loves little.”

Maybe we need to remember how much we have been forgiven….