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Gretchen Lopez, Director of The Inn and Chair of the Desert Southwest Conference Board of Global Ministries

Inspiration: “I seek to always bring God’s love to those in need.”

God’s love is not just for me, it is not just for you. God’s love is for everyone, for all… This is easy to hear and easy to agree with. The challenge comes when it is time to truly act on it.

The Inn, a shelter for asylum seekers has been a place to act out God’s love for all. When the need for this ministry first arose the call felt great, maybe even impossible at times. It was then I truly felt God’s love at work through the church, through his people. Our guests were arriving with many needs. Some such as hunger easily tended to with a warm bowl of soup prepared with love. While other needs were heavier like the need to feel safe, accepted, and truly welcomed. This is where I saw God’s love flow from volunteers as smiles exchanged between them and the weary traveler.

God calls on us to be an example of his love in the world. It is our duty as Christians to be the hands and feet of Jesus. To bring his love to those in need.

Lord, we are here to carry out your love to those in need. Guide us, strengthen us to do your work. Now and always, Amen.


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