FAITH IN THE STORM: A SPOTLIGHT SERIES ON MISSIONAL LIVING - The Scott's
Over the past few weeks, we've had the opportunity to hear stories from people all over our church who have been using the gifts that God has given them to live on mission for Him. For Debbie and Jimmy Scott, they've been able to see how God has used their "yes" to do incredible things through them.
The beginning of this pandemic caused feelings for the Scott's that were similar to most people: uncertainty and apprehension. "When this whole thing started, we didn't quite know what to do, so we decided to make sure we were being safe. Staying inside, and taking any necessary precautions we needed to." After some time, they felt as though they needed to be doing something to help those around them, so they got involved in the Armor Project. "We started to get involved by delivering food at church, but continued asking the question, Lord, what's Your will?"
The reason they continued to ask that question is because the more time they spent with the Lord the more they could see what He was calling them to. "As we pressed into our time with the Lord, we started feeling this sense of urgency, that He was calling us to be doers. Throughout this season, God was continuing to bless us and we knew that we had to give back more." It wasn't long after Jimmy and Debbie starting praying for clarity, that they found their answer. "We were connected with a couple who's son had a church in downtown Buffalo (The Dream Center). They invited us to help minister to the homeless in the city through what The Dream Center was doing. For us, we clearly saw that as the answer to our prayer."
So, soon after that conversation, the Scott's started serving with the Dream Center. "We started by coming in, in the morning, to their warehouse and packing up the bags of food. Then from there, we dispersed to different parts of the city to hand out the food. By the time we set up, there would already be about 80-100 people waiting for us. At first, we still had a little apprehension, just because we knew we were going to be around a lot of people, but it was so apparent that it was an answer to prayer. People were not just receptive to the food we were handing out, but so many were open to conversation."
The more that the Scott's served, the more they could continue to see the ways that God was using them to be a light for Him. "People are so appreciative of what we're doing and a lot are even looking to have that conversation with you. Through what we started doing in the city, we started to also do the same thing at a Senior Center, going door-to-door, handing out meals and praying with those who wanted it. We typically serve three days a week, sometimes as long as six hours."
So far, the Scott's have been serving with the Dream Center for about a month, but have started to build relationships, and have opportunity to share the gospel of Christ. "Through talking with some of the people there, we started to see that there was a need for Bibles. So, we called Pastor Jonathan and he was able to provide us with some to hand out. We've had gospel conversations and have been able to pray for people in very specific ways, even seeing some of the outcomes of those prayers."
Jimmy and Debbie will be the first to tell you that they aren't doing any of this for recognition, but instead that it's simply because their putting their "yes" on the table. "There's a lot of times where I don't know what to say, but I just trust God. He puts you where He wants you to be."
"In all of this, we want people to see that God is still moving and He still wants to use us during this team."
If you want to find out more about the Dream Center, or how to volunteer, visit buffalodreamcenter.org