RMCNews with Jones Tuufuli – Colorado Springs, Colorado … The Colorado Springs Central Adventist Church continues to reach out to one of the most vulnerable populations in Colorado Springs–the homeless.
The ministry, named Jesus Loves You Sabbath Homeless Ministry, feeds those who are temporarily homeless on the streets of Colorado Springs.
Reflecting on why the ministry began, Jones Tuufuli, assistant pastor at Colorado Springs Central, said, “When I began this ministry in 2018, I was moved by the message that the church’s mission is to be Jesus’ hands and feet.”
He added, “After attending services at Central, I observed a large number of homeless individuals begging nearby on the streets. My heart was on fire at the thought that the church could do so much to aid and reach out to our community.”
Tuufuli explains how a desire to assist the homeless turned into a ministry.
“I began by preparing and distributing around 20 meals at the park behind the Antler’s hotel, as well as at the 7-11 and the shopping complex near the church. About a month later, members and the church Board backed the Jesus Loves You Sabbath Homeless Ministry.
The ministry has grown substantially in the last four years.
“Now, we cook 125 meals every Sabbath, and depending on street conditions, we also prepare meals throughout the week which are delivered at homeless camps and shopping centers, gas stations, and 7-11s. This ministry in the streets is a hit-and-miss situation because the homeless move around for survival. They don’t permanently stay in one location.”
The ministry has also served meals on Easter, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
Tuufuli appreciates the support the ministry has received from RMC. “We appreciate the assistance from RMC Adventist Community Services funding provided to the Jesus Loves You Sabbath Homeless Ministry. It has helped the ministry acquire equipment and food supplies. Our ministry is thriving, and we are thrilled to be Jesus’ hands and feet on the streets of Colorado Springs.”
— RMCNews with Jones Tuufuli; photos supplied