The LORD says: "When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and sojourner: I am the LORD your God." (Leviticus 19:9-10)
Every Saturday, throughout the year, we serve meals and daily necessities in conjunction with our Saturday Worship Service at Ponce Church in downtown Atlanta. More than 30 brothers and sisters join us each week. Of these, approximately two-thirds are regular attendees and one-third are newcomers.
Brothers and sisters serving with several churches in the Atlanta area contribute food and other items to share. Ministers from these churches also join us regularly each week to share Gospel of Jesus with our brothers and sisters experiencing homelessness, extend His love, and pray with them.
Praise God for enabling us to witness Jesus at work through His people!
In September, November or December, and at Easter time, we hold special sharing and caring events to serve the Gospel of Jesus Christ followed by food and daily life necessities in downtown Atlanta. More than 400 brothers and sisters drop by at some time during these event times to hear God's Word and receive His gifts.
Several churches in the Atlanta area contribute food and other items to share. Volunteers from these churches, usually exceeding 100 in number, also join us regularly to share the love of Jesus with brothers and sisters experiencing homelessness.
These events are a great opportunity to connect with our brothers and sisters and engage in some meaningful fellowship in Christ. Our time of service begins with a time of praise with opening prayer, the singing of Christian hymns, a special message delivered by Pastor Song or another servant of the Lord, and a closing prayer. We also pray with our brothers and sisters and provide counsel.
In cold weather, a heavy jacket can be a life saving gift for those experiencing homelessness and living on the street. Stepping Stone coordinates an annual winter coat drive, beginning in September, in partnership with sister churches. These jackets are then shared with our brothers and sisters during the cold weather months, beginning as early as September, during our regular serving times as well as through special events at Thanksgiving and Christmas times. The cost of one jacket is $25.00.
As our brothers and sisters experiencing homelessness do not have a regular place to store their personal belongings, a backpack is a vital asset for daily living. Stepping Stone shares backpacks throughout the year. We always gratefully welcome donations to help purchase backpacks.
For our brothers and sisters experiencing homelessness and life on the streets, sturdy socks without holes make a huge difference. In 2019, Stepping Stone received a generous donation of 50,000 pairs of high quality socks from Trinity Lutheran Church in Savannah, Georgia made possible by the Bombas company. These socks were part of a spectacular donation made by the Bombas company to Trinity. The socks are especially made for those living on the streets or in less than sanitary conditions. They are embedded with some kind of ingredient that fights bacteria. And, they are durable. Bombas donates one pair of socks for brothers and sisters experiencing homelessness for every pair sold. Click here to read more about this giving company. Click here to read more about how these socks are being put to good use for the loving care of our brothers and sisters on the streets of Atlanta.