Family Bonds

Elijah is enjoying 1st grade and just received the Teacher’s Scholar Award for the second year. He’s excited to get back outside and ride his bike this spring. Quintin has been spending many days playing with his friend Lizzy. He likes reading books, dancing to loud music, and unfortunately making messes. Isaiah just turned 1 in February and is getting into everything. He loves playing with his brothers and being outside. Austin continues to do online courses to obtain his master’s degree in Ministerial Leadership. In his free time, he has been making a guitar bed for Quintin. Darcy has enjoyed making some new friends. She continues to do children’s bible study on the bus in Newark and has recently started a women’s bible study in our home.
Please pray for: Larry who is has an apartment for the first time in 11 years. Protection, wisdom, and God’s spirit as we minister to those who are hurting. God’s provision as we continue to raise money to convert the new bus. Our friend Oscar, who is homeless. He has a knee injury, and finds little rest as he works daily and then sleeps on the subway.
Rescue Alliance is in its second year. The Relief Bus is involved in this partnership of faith-based ministries that are focused on offering homeless men, women and children an alternative to living on the streets. Don’t Walk By is an outreach developed from this partnership. In January of 2010 an army of hundreds of volunteers fanned out across Manhattan to offer every single street person food, blankets, but most importantly a complete “holistic residential recovery program that offers them new life in Christ” and educational, vocational and housing solutions. Austin was the director of transportation, sending out vans to pick up homeless persons interested in coming back to the base church for a hot meal and hopefully allowing the different partner agencies a chance to accomplish their mission. Don’t Walk by was a great success:

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1,419 Volunteers served 1,134 Homeless people were engaged on street 376 Returned to anchor church for dinner and ministry 116 Entered shelters & given opportunity to enter rehab/discipleship programs 19 Medically assessed 4 People hospitalized 4 People sent to detox

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Austin, Darcy, Eli, Quintin, & Isaiah Bonds’
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The Relief Bus exists to respond to God’s heart for the poor and broken by going to the streets to offer food, compassion, and connections to resources that lead to life transformation. To accomplish this mission we partner together with volunteers and care-giving organizations. These things we do…that

Greg Finds Rest and Relief
Greg was waiting for a volunteer to get him some hygiene products from the Relief Bus while he enjoyed some soup and spoke with Darcy. On this particular night in Newark, we were both able to be out with the Relief Bus celebrating Christmas by passing out stockings to children and to adults to give to their children. Greg has no control over his hand or fingers on his left arm, in which the muscle is all gone. We had to help him put his hand in his pocket to keep warm on this cold night just before Christmas. Greg sustained this injury after hitting a guardrail going 120 mph on a motorcycle. The medical professionals could not believe that he was still alive after a wreck like this.

As Austin talked to Greg, he learned that Greg had gotten clean from drugs for a year and a half, right after his accident. Greg has two daughters that he is trying to support. It is difficult because the only income that he receives is from a monthly temporary disability check. He rents a room from a family member, but is concerned about living there because of the drug activity that is going on. We were able to give him hygiene products for he and his daughters, a children’s bible for the girls, as well as Christmas stockings for them which a school had donated. He started to cry as he was feeling so blessed and uplifted. Most importantly, Austin was able to pray with Greg and he received Christ. As Greg stated that he was so tired, we were able to encourage him with the scripture, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy -laden, and I will give you rest,” Matthew 11:28.

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Austin praying with Greg the night he received Christ in Newark. Artwork by Bob Gherardi, a volunteer that night. If you would like to receive our newsletter via e-mail, please send along your address, Thank You!

Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message) "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."