We will need your help!
Moving is just around the corner. This post will show the three options that we currently have on the table. What we ask of you first is Prayer! And lots of it. We need to know what option to take and only god can answer that. So here are the option and they are not in any particular order.
1. 3625 S Emerson in Beech Grove which was a previous Cash Land building. It has 3000 sq ft of space and two freezers already inside which would keep us from having to actually move our freezers which will cost a minimum $10,000 to move. Quite a savings! The rent is a bit over what our budget will allow. We could sign the lease on this space today if we want but the location is a bit far for our volunteers. Yes! We are thinking of you as well as we decide where to move. It is a 20-25 minute drive to and from the serving site. Let us know your thoughts on this building. Pull it up in maps or mapquest and pray about it. Pray that God reveal if this is where He wants us to be.
2. 2425 Prospect St in Fountain Square which was previously a church. It has approx 3000 sq ft inside of the church and there are to unattached garages that can serve as storage. There is a lot of potential with this space as it is basically a hollow building. A blank canvas if you will. Definitly room to create a kitchen area and have office and some storage space inside. There is a small kitchen already but not commercial. The building provides us the ability to add on. Oh.. this would be a purchase. We are working through the Sagamore Insititute a think tank in Indianapolis that has recently created a fund (Impace fund) that is primarily to assist non-profit organizations in Inday with their community service work to help us purchase the building and create a loan through them. We are a perfect match for this fund and our situation is why it was created in the first place. The impact Circle City Relief is having on the community cannot be lost. Not that it would but they strive to keep good things going. The con is that we only have 30 days from today to get this done. We would like to have our own standalone building that would open up the door to do even more. This location is only 13 minutes away from the serving site and shouldn’t be too much of a burden to drive to and from for our volunteers. Pray for God to reveal if this is where He wants us to be.
3. 1849 E Pleasant Run Parkway South Drive in Fountain Square which is an old IPS school building that the Yeshua Society currently occupy’s. There is about 20,000 sq ft of space that they are not using. They have two schools that meet inside the building. One for at risk youth and another home school. There is another men’s clothing ministry as well. Several offices that we would be able to use as well as two large rooms that would serve as a kitchen and storage / prep rooms. No specifics rent is required so we will be given the ability to rent within our budget means. We are needing to confirm if the freezers will fit in the kitchen space or not. If they don’t then this options falls off of the table. Pray that God reveal if this is where He wants us to be.
Those are our options and one of them is where we will end up. We will more than likely be moving in the next two weeks and will not serve warm pizzas for about two weeks during our move. We will move during the week and will need your help in doing so. Please consider helping us move and tear down things that we have purchased to put in our spaces so we can utilize in the new space and save money. If anyone has a particular expertise with plumbing or electrical let us know we could definitely use your help.
If you prayed please click the “I Prayed” link up top and let us know.
Thanks and God Bless!
It was a real pleasure and honor to receive the Isaiah 58 award for 2017. We thank the Indianapolis Prayer Breakfast for thinking of Circle City Relief in this way. Sandy and I had a great time meeting a lot of people. We sat next to some amazing people on our left and our right including Chuck Lofton. That was cool! I had the opportunity to talk about Circle City Relief and share a story but I shared two :-) As well as prayed for the homeless in Indy. Here is that prayer.
CCR’s Prayer for the homeless 2017
Lord we come before you today with heavy hearts.
Heavy hearts for the many that wake up today without.
Without a place to call their home.
Without food to put on their table.
We ask your generous blessings upon them and the city of Indianapolis.
We ask Lord that you keep them from physical and emotional harm,
and fill their hearts with hope for their future.
We pray that you comfort them as they walk their difficult paths.
Bless the homeless with enough food to sustain them,
With enough warmth to shield them from the elements, with the power to wrestle personal demons and win.
With the will to go on and build their lives again.
May hope touch each homeless heart today. Father fill their spirits and their lives with goodness.
Let the kindness of others bring lasting benefits,
Freedom from addiction, Healing from illness and comfort in their distress, financial blessings, educational opportunities, sustainable employment and open doors Lord.
We pray for organizations and their volunteers that take time out of their busy schedules to make a difference in the lives of others. Let them not grow weary.
We lift up the missions in Indianapolis that are doing amazing work Lord. Bless them tremendously as they look after thousands of men and women each year.
We also ask that you touch the hearts and minds of everyday people Lord and lead them to give generously to outreach organizations and shelters this holiday season so we can not only end this year well but start 2018 on a good note not just to do what we do every day but to expand our reach in the communities we serve.
I know that anyone of us can be physically homeless and many of us are spiritually homeless,
So I ask that you spark our minds to fully accept Jesus Christ and believe in him who is the answer to everything that anyone may be going through including the forgiveness of our sins.
I know Lord that we have asked a lot but we thank you Lord so much for your steadfast love and provision for us all.
It is in Jesus Christ’s Mighty name that we pray.
Not even rain could keep us away from the serving site on Sunday. A check of the forecast upon waking up showed that we would be out of the woods come 12pm, but that proved not to be the case once 12 o'clock rolled around. During the brief another quick check revealed that rain wouldn't end until 3pm. I guess we serve in the rain. We always say regardless of rain, sleet, snow or shine we will be there. We show up because we know that people who show up in these conditions tend to be those in the most need. W also knew that there was going to be opportunity to spread the love of Christ to someone who needed it.
No sooner than we got to the site we made eye contact and she asked "Are you Matt?" I said "Yes Ma'am!" Immediately her eyes started to well up. She was a 50 something year old woman that has found herself wanting to turn her life around from her addiction to alcohol. She told me that she has a new born grand daughter that she knows needs a grand mother that can be a good example to her so has decided that enough is enough. I introduced her to Sandy and they had a wonderfully open conversation about her situation and what got her to this point and it all started with her mom selling her when she was 8 years old. My heart sunk when I learned that. She was homeless and in transition so helped her get into the Simply Divine Transitional Housing where she will go through their recovery program and get her life back together.
She was just one of 4 people we were able to immediately assist with housing and connection to resources while also proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ who is answer to anything we might be facing in life.
Satan used the rain to try to keep us and our team of like mind and hearted volunteers away from the site but God used it to bring those that needed assistance the most to it. We thank everyone who answered God's call and volunteered and we look forward to this Sunday when we will do it all over again. Will you join us! If so, sign up here.
We know...that is a loaded question but one that each one of us needs to explore deeply. How do we even know if we take it serious enough? We are sure that we who call ourselves Christ followers take it serious to a degree, but to what degree is serious, serious enough? I guess we can go on and on with that.
At Circle City Relief it is extremely important that we take our relationship with God serious. One way we measure that is by how we are responding to the needs of others that we engage with at the serving site.
What good is it my my brother, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you say to them. "Go In peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed to for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
But someone will say, "You have faith and I have works. " Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. James 2:14-18
Powerful! Amazingly powerful! If that passage doesn't make you think about whether or not you are taking your relationship with God seriously then we don't know what passage will. Taking your relationship with God seriously means putting your faith in Him to work for others. That's what we do at Circle City Relief and we provide a space for you to do that along side of us every Sunday.
We thank the amazing team from Oct 8th that put their faith to work doing for others rather than themselves. We can't do what we do without you!