Faith With Works

Monday Afternoon
“Ronald, your brother’s company just moved their offices to Harlem, NY!” “Your Father and I worked hard, so you and your brother didn’t have to live or work in Harlem!” Katherine Mitchell said to me on the phone.

Wednesday Evening
“How do you know them?” asked the first grader at the Open Door event. He looked toward a group of volunteers from God’s Grace Community Church. “I go to church with them,” I replied. “No, he asked how do you know them.” I repeated my answer as he looked at me incredulously.

The Open Door kids are sometimes a questioning lot, and often times an “open book.” The first few months, I really didn’t “feel” like many of them, or the adult staff was paying much attention to our volunteer group from Gods Grace. As I reflected on this over the months, they didn’t get serious about us, until they could feel that we got used to them, or felt in their hearts, that we really cared about them.

We all want the same things for our children, we want them to be smart, learn and to go out into the world and make a successful life for themselves. Many of us that feel we have “made it,”stay in our comfort zones, and don’t ever look back to help those in need.

I enjoy meeting our group from God’s Grace Community Church each month at Open Door. Sometimes I take a picture of the activities and send them to my Mom (Katherine Mitchell). She say’s she understands why I do it, and enjoys hearing about the program. We discuss the concept of giving back and “each one teach one.” I think she understands.

One hero my Mom and I share said “Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what you are doing for others” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

What good is it, my brothers, 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 says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” - James 2:14 - 17

Ron Mitchell

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