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June Director’s Message

Greetings friends,

I’d like to introduce myself. My name is India Rhodes and I am the Program Director in our restoration home. I’d like to start this month’s blog by sharing the lyrics of a song that inspires me. The song is entitled “Take Me To The Alley” by Gregory Porter.

Well, they guild their houses in preparation for the King
And they line the sidewalks
With every sort of shiny thing
They will be surprised
When they hear him say

Take me to the alley
Take me to the afflicted ones
Take me to the lonely ones
That somehow lost their way

Let them hear me say
I am your friend
Come to my table
Rest here in my garden
You will have a pardon

-Gregory Porter

At some point or another in our lives, we have known what an alley looks or even feels like. A place where we needed support and strength to move forward. Alleys are generally associated with darkness because they hold the shadows casted by the buildings they separate. Our father in heaven sees all the pain, life, and death that is housed there. Nevertheless, he reminds us that an alley is merely a space between two points; it’s not the end of our journey. In working with this population, something that hits me in the face like a cool and cleansing splash of water is the ability believers in Christ have to embrace their rightful place in God’s presence. The singer reminds us that the invitation extends to his table, in his garden, and his love. We don’t have to return to that point of desolation once we’ve accepted his invitation. Our alley’s most certainly may not have been the same size, shape, or shade as someone else’s, but the feeling of blessed assurance that comes from God meeting us where we are, enables us to be the catalyst for healing to begin in the lives of the women we serve.

If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the father will honor him. John 12:26.

I’d like to thank all Redeemed Ministries Board Members, Supporters, City directors, Operations team, and volunteers for standing in the gap with our ladies.

 

Your Sister in Christ,

India Rhodes    

Author: Randi Takaoka

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