As I entered the apartment, I noticed a man in the group of six I didn’t know. His name was Scott. A homeless man. I was moved. Chris introduced him as a new friend. Of course I had a preconceived image of who homeless people are, but I was glad he was in the prayer meeting.
God was up to something.
We spent an hour pouring out to God. Weeping, laughing, repenting, asking, and being filled with the Spirit of God as we spilled ourselves out for revival. We have come to the turning point where the power of God is our only option. And status quo is not acceptable.
As we prayed, I listened, wondered, consider what Chris would do with the homeless man.
His name is Scott. He may be homeless, but he was an angel to me (Heb 13:1).
As we left the prayer time, I immediately called Chris and told him we were going to put Scott in a hotel for 4 days. He needed a break from the streets. Scott was graciously grateful.
The next day he came and helped us set up chairs for Easter services. It was then I explored his faith. He had been saved in jail. God gave him a “get out of jail free” card. Instead of five to ninety nine, he got six months and release. He took that as a sign of God’s grace. While exploring his faith, he said “Pastor I was going to ask you about baptism.” I said “if you know Jesus Christ personally and have received Him by repentance and faith, we would love to baptize you and be your home base church.”
We baptized Scott with two others on Easter Sunday.
In four days we became brothers. Scott just needed someone to love him for him not just as a homeless man. He needed brotherhood. He needed respect. He needed love. He needed encouragement. I teared up saying goodbye to him as he got on the bus to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He called when he got there. Along the way he ministered to people on the bus. He gave his Bible to a man who needed it. He called me yesterday. I met his mother over the phone. It was great. I’m praying Scott is able to get off the streets and pursue the call of God on his life. He wants to help the homeless. Scott said,
Pastor, not going to serve on the soup line; I’m going to serve in the line. I’m going to get in line with them and encourage them.
Not every homeless story ends like this. But this one blows my mind. God is so good. He used a homeless man to change up our Easter. Scott ran out of the baptistery shouting and praising God. I was blown away. I’m still blown away.
We need to be Spirit filled, Jesus in shoe leather and willing to make disciples of anyone, wherever they are. You never know when Scott might just change Easter. Who knows, revival might break out.
Thank you Scott! Love you man. Praying for you. We are here to serve (Mark 10:45).