Jesus says: "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few." (Matthew 9:37)
We rejoice in seeing so many of our homeless brothers become coworkers in the Lord's vineyard with us! Whether through lending their voices in beautiful songs of praise with the Stepping Stone Choir Team, leading some of our weekly Bible studies, spreading the Gospel, or sharing the love of Christ in serving the community, these servants have received the grace of our Lord Jesus to be saved through faith and called upon as His disciples to walk into His good work. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Our brothers stay in shelters, abandoned buildings, and public parks, under bridges, or on the streets, and we believe our Lord will use them as His disciples for bringing others into His Kingdom through these important mission fields.
Every Wednesday and Friday, we hold Bible study sessions to train and disciple 12-15 homeless leaders. Bible studies are led by pastors and other ministers who serve on our teaching team. Training participants are brothers with a willing heart for active rehabilitation and growing in faith. After the training, we encourage them to serve others.
On Wednesdays, brothers join us to study God's Word and enjoy fellowship and food together. This is largely done through a partnership with the Atlanta Mission. On Fridays, brothers join us to partake in the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer's food ministry followed by a study of God's Word and enjoyment of food and fellowship. Many of the brothers also becoming practicing members of our Stepping Stone Choir Team through these weekly sessions.
Training sessions are held at Redeemer's Mission House in Atlanta, GA with the exception of third Wednesdays when our brothers meet at Peace Lutheran Church in Decatur, GA. Transportation is provided to and from the training sites.
Thanks be to God for Atlanta Mission, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, and Peace Lutheran Church for their partnership in these discipleship ministries.
Stepping Stone hosts a Rehabilitation and Spiritual Leadership Training Retreat three-to-four times each year. The program is three days long and the trainees are selected from the brothers who participate in training programs on Wednesdays and Fridays. The purpose is to further equip them for their discipleship and service to the Lord. Trainees engage in active learning through sessions taught by pastors and other ministers serving in churches throughout the Atlanta region.
The retreats have been held at Daniel's Prayer Garden and, in addition to receiving God's Word, participants are provided with food and other necessities during the retreat. Transportation is provided to and from the retreat.
Twenty two retreats have been held to date. Through these retreats, more than 350 homeless brothers have completed the program and 32 brothers have been baptized into Christ becoming children of God.
Our trainees have shared how they are enjoying their new life in Christ and feel better equipped to serve Him. A number of them now actively participate as essential members of our Stepping Stone Ministry Team. Others have fulfilled their call to serve in other vocations.
GLORY TO GOD!!!
God has blessed me with peace and more understanding of His Word. It just gets better and better with me. I learned more completely about Jesus, what He came to do and how it affects the entire earth. It does not matter where you come from and what you did, God still loves you and wants you to know Him and learn from Him. I learned that no matter what is haunting me or troubling me, or what is on my mind, God is the author and finisher of my faith. God is in control and God is love!
God has blessed me through my time at this retreat in the following ways. One it has enabled me to fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Christ in an environment that is conducive for worship. Two, this retreat has placed me in an environment that is serene and cut off from the world whereby allowing me time that is necessary to reflect on what is important through God’s perspective. I have learned the following at this retreat. One, I have learned that I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me. Two, I have learned to let go of past mistakes and not let it weigh down my progress. I have learned to repent and move on. Three, I have learned to focus on God.
Through the Bible study, it was confirmed in my spirit that God has no regrets even of me. Through my chronic depression, heart ache, physical pain and just all together brokenness, that despite all that I was still chosen. I came here to talk to God and to be spoken to by God. This was my desert experience and I enjoyed it greatly.
God has blessed me through my time by coming into my heart and bringing me to something that I have never experienced before. This experience is also something that I did not see coming in front of me. There is a reason why God has brought me here and I am for happy for what He has done.
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