Anyone Can Serve in Enumclaw
If you take a trip to southeast King County, you will likely run into the community of Enumclaw. It is the end of the line if you are on a Metro bus, and many who ride just to get some rest, find themselves in a small town (population of around 11,00) that God is using to do some big work.
Two years ago at at the first Light Up the City gathering, a seed was planted into the hearts of community leaders in Enumclaw. The end of the bus line delivered many homeless folks to the community, and these leaders noticed. Six months later, that planted seed grew into a now flourishing, fully-functioning winter shelter for community members experiencing homelessness.
Now halfway through their second open season, the shelter has partnered with over 10 congregations in the Enumclaw area and has more than 150 volunteers who help the shelter run smoothly. The process of opening a shelter has done more then just serve homeless folks, it has released the Holy Spirit, bringing unity and and life to The Church of Enumclaw.
This past Christmas, just after opening, the Church began to see some of the fruits of their labor. Britt Nelson, fromPlateau Outreach in Enumclaw, expressed that several of the shelter guests decided to pay forward the love they received and volunteer at the shelter’s holiday food bank. The guests were now serving others! She mentioned that they would carry bags to cars and act as “personal shoppers” for families as they went through the food bank. They greeted families with smiles on their faces and worked hard to assist anyone needing some additional help.
“At the end of the day, the shelter guests and volunteers would all share a meal together and reflect on the Christmas season, on life and on their experiences,” Mrs. Nelson said. “Everyone left feeling accomplished and needed, something we all desire to feel.”
In Enumclaw these days, you can find guests from the shelter attending churches and getting involved in the life of the Body of Christ. The support of Enumclaw churches and citizens has been overwhelming and continues to fuel the belief that we are called to love our neighbor. Whether you’re a part of a small congregation or a small town, God is doing big things if we have the eyes to see it. Who is hanging around your community? How could you serve them? How does God see them?