Three and a half years ago, we started our Men’s ministry group that we call OneReach to represent our love of reaching one soul at a time for Jesus. Our desire is to bring Jesus to the streets in order to allow people in need -- a people that no one else wants -- to decide whether they want to follow and seek Christ in their own lives. We do not preach or hand out tracks. We do not push Jesus on anyone. We do, however, show Christ to people by our actions and take
every opportunity to pray with these individuals. Currently, this is what we do on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month, no matter the weather, because they have to come to depend on our being there. Each Sunday, we feed around 50-75 homeless men, women, and children. We started this ministry at Martin Luther King Park, but it has grown so large that the city of Cheyenne donated its Depot Plaza downtown for us to use.
We use the OneReach Trailer that our Men’s group purchased and fill it with heaters, tables, chairs and all kinds of food products to share. We have clothing for men, women, and children as well. These are given away each time we serve, on a first-come first-served basis. We also give away hygiene kits, bus tokens for the Cheyenne public transportation, sleeping mats, bedrolls, sleeping bags, gloves, socks, thermal wear, and hats.
Our ministry also sells a One-for-One hoodie sweatshirt through Element Church. When someone purchases one of these sweatshirts for $50, they are buying one for themselves and one for a homeless individual in our local community.
This past Easter, we were able to serve 68 adults and 7 children while giving away 56 OneReach hoodies, 30 lbs of ham, 200 cheeseburgers, 85 colored Easter eggs, and 30 coats. Here’s one story that was shared with us from Easter Sunday:
"I work at a local High School and just wanted to let you know the impact that I saw after the Easter Sunday outreach downtown. We have a student who received a hoodie and wore it to school Monday. She was so excited to wear it, and the smile on her face when I told her it looked great was priceless. It was the best gift she has gotten in a while. You made a huge impact on her.
Side note: She and her family live between hotels and the back of their truck, and she receives Friday Food Bags from the donations at the school. She is a bright young woman who made a 4.0 this quarter. She always has a smile and kind words for other students. Pretty impressive to me at a new school, new town, and the living conditions that they are under. Your outreach ministry has truly affected her life. …Love This!!! Good work men!!!”
Our OneReach group meets Wednesdays at 5:30am to read through the Word verse by verse for our growth in Christ. Together, we decided to serve on Sundays as a way to give back to the amazing Jerusalem (Cheyenne) that God has given us. These homeless families are the ones being served, but God is also softening and changing the hearts of our men. We praise God for what He is doing through our obedience, and we will continue to serve in this way until He leads us to do something else. I believe that we have served hundreds of people in the past few years and we will hopefully serve hundreds, if not thousands more in the future. Hebrews 13:2 says, “Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it.” We believe that we have had the honor of doing this.
There are some people that we have served that are no longer homeless and now serve in our own church. We’ve served people that now have jobs, have restored relationships, and have totally given their life to Christ. God has been so good to us and we are blessed by what He has done. Currently, we are saving our money to purchase our first conversion van to start transporting these homeless individuals to Element Church every week. I cannot wait to see their faces when they see Jesus on a corporate level. We pray that they will yearn for more and one day have their hearts softened and changed for eternity by God using the obedience of a bunch of men that just want to do what God wants us to do.
Update: Since this article was written we were able to purchase our van and have transported over 30 people to hear the Gospel!