Although Hamilton has seen extensive growth and rejuvenation throughout multiple areas in the city, a number of neighbourhoods are still struggling. We at LIFT have a heart to serve these communities and let them know that they are not forgotten.
Levi is a Concurrent Education student interning at LIFT this summer and is passionate about serving in the heart of the city. Through his involvement he has seen and realized how serving the community is an important part of the church and of being a follower of Christ. He shared about how “God was molding my heart, He developed this drive in me to go out into Hamilton and serve”.
Not only do our Pinky Lewis and Westside serving ministries impact the individuals in the neighbourhood, but they impact those of us who serve as well. Levi has found it tough but has realized that it “keeps me sharp in my prayer life because I am constantly just thinking that this is happening in our city, this is happening right next door. McMaster campus is not far from where all of this is happening”. We are reminded to put others before ourselves and be the hands and feet of Jesus. Outreach is an opportunity to serve and live out our faith.
Pinky Lewis and Westside also serve as a way to break the university bubble. It can be easy for students to stay in the community surrounding the university campus. Serve Our City initiatives are a way for students to meet people who are at a very different place in life. Levi recognized that as students, they ventured into other city neighbourhoods with the “purpose of helping the community out”. Without the opportunity to serve, Levi “wouldn’t have wanted to go down there”.
In our first week running summer BBQ’s we saw more people than we had anticipated and ran out of hot dogs and hamburgers. We are excited that more people are hearing about Pinky Lewis and Westside as we are able to continue to love the people of these neighbourhoods.
Our desire is to see these weekly dinners continue to grow and reach the unreached in Hamilton, serving over 200 people a week. Help us move the Kingdom forward; your generosity can and will have a large impact!
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