The Gospels tell of a paralytic man who was so incapacitated that all he could do was lie on his bed. Maybe, if he had strength enough he might be able to sit up for a while. For years this had been his condition. He couldn’t even stand up, to say nothing about walking. Worse still, he knew that barring an act of God this would be his fate until the day he died. He had no hope.
Then one day four of his neighbors showed up telling him that there was hope. They had learned of a man named Jesus who could heal people, no matter what their condition. The man probably sighed and thought, “Yeah, what good is that going to do me!” After all this Jesus was not even in this man’s neighborhood and he had no way to get to Him. Such a great thing was impossible! It was beyond all hope.
However, though this paralytic had no faith in this matter, his four friends did, and they were willing to put this man on stretcher and carry to wherever Jesus was teaching and ask Him to heal their friend. We are told how this story ended. The four friends overcame severe hurdles, but they got their friend to Jesus, and Jesus seeing their faith and determination, said to the man, “Son your sins are forgiven.” And then just in case anyone questioned his authority Jesus told the man to pick up his bed and walk. This, the man was very glad to do since he had received from Jesus both forgiveness and healing.
Our ministry and mentors at The Bridge to Hope also believe if a homeless mother can learn about Christ, and begin to learn of her value in Christ, she will be transformed. However, these mothers have been incapacitated for years by drugs, alcohol, abuse and homelessness. Their hope is almost entirely gone. So B2H takes in these mothers and their children and works with them to build up their faith, hope, and trust in Him and receive the healing that only He can give. At the same time B2H and our mentors seek to enable each mother to further her education, get employed, learn financial literacy and the life skills necessary to exit homelessness.
However, just as the paralytic friends had faith if they could just get him close enough to Jesus, he would be healed, our B2H mentors have this same faith and are prepared to do all they can to bring each mother to Jesus for His healing and restoration.
We are grateful to all our volunteers who step out in faith and partner with The Bridge to Hope. If you would like to share the healing that comes from Christ with a mother overcoming homelessness, please contact The Bridge to Hope today.