Outreach program Sharers of Love Twelve receive royal treatment

POSTED: 10/15/12 3:42 PM

St. Maarten -Barely five months old, Sharers of Love, the community development arm of House of Restoration and Deliverance Ministries, hosted its first major activity on Friday night to touch the lives of the less fortunate. The group hosted A Night of Royalty which saw the needy being treated as kings and queens while being entertained, receiving clothing and a buffet spread dinner. It was all in the name of love and founded on Christian principles, spokesperson for the group Vinetta Elizee stated.

“We are trying to reach out to them but Jesus did not just go out and preach the gospel. Where people were in need or hungry, he attended to them. The best way to get to them is to first feed them, clothe them and then it will become even easier for you to minister the gospel to them. So we are evangelizing but we are focusing on the physical part and then we will deal with the spiritual aspect.”

The event was held at the Rupert Maynard Community Centre in St. Peters. More than a dozen people responded to the outreach although many more were invited. This meant that the respondents would have gotten more than they anticipated owing to the abundance of clothing and food that was at the venue.

Pastor Pearl Panteleon referred to 1 Peter 2: 9 in the Bible as she explained the meaning of royalty to those gathered. “We would think of royalty as a person that sits on the throne with a crown but royalty is not how you dress physically. It comes from the inside, it says who you are as a person. It is about your mindset and how you look at life. I am not the one saying you are royal, God says so. So you may not have all that you desire in the natural but you have to start recognizing that with or without worldly wealth, you are still a king or queen.”

Charmaine Lodge said that her group started in the St. Peters area where they believe they would have found a large target group. The people that she spoke to told her that they want to get out of their situations but lack the necessary support to do so.

“Some of them said that they want to get out but circumstances do not permit it. They don’t have jobs, or families here to support them and then there are others who are on a shoe string budget.” The items that were distributed had been donated by church members and other community-minded individuals in the area. Board member of the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and businesswoman Tamara Leonard gave an inspiring address to the attendees. She encouraged focusing on the purpose for their existence instead of the process that you have to go through to get there.

“We want them to know that they are royal, precious and peculiar in God’s eyes. People are also willing to help them. This will not just be a one-time event. We will follow up, seek them out, assess their needs and their progress,” Elizee concluded. Pastor Lionel Nisbeth heads the Sharers of Love group and promises that within the coming months more outreach programs will be held.

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