Shiloh’s Children’s Ministry Blesses the Homeless on the Southside of Chicago
LAKE REGION—Over the last few months the Shiloh Children’s Ministry Department and the Lower Division Sabbath School Department has teamed up involve our children in community service. Shiloh’s Children’s Ministry department has been teaching about Jesus and His compassion for people.
Pam Daley, who serves as Children’s Ministry director for both Shiloh as well as Lake Region, wanted to show the children what “real life Jesus ministry” looks like. On Sabbath morning, during the normal Sabbath School teaching time, the team loaded several cars to visit an area on the Southside of Chicago called, “Tent City.” Tent City is where a large number of homeless individuals reside. Under the viaduct and along the highway, you will see 30-40 tents and several homeless individuals at any given time of the year, including the winter. The residents of Tent City have also appointed themselves a “mayor” amongst its population. Their mayor looks out for their fellow homeless population and tries to ensure that everyone is alright.
On this particular Sabbath morning, the temperature outside was in the 20s. Shiloh’s Children’s Ministry provided hats, gloves, supplies and prayer to those who find themselves in Tent City. The children left with a deeper appreciation for food, shelter and the basic necessities of life, but they also left determined to continue their pursuit of helping those in our community who are considered to be the least, lost and left-out.
Shiloh’s Children Ministry Visits First Responders in Chicago
LAKE REGION—On Sabbath, Feb. 16, Shiloh’s Children Ministry Department and the Lower Division Sabbath School teamed up to visit local police districts in the city of Chicago. Their goal was simple. “We want to pray and thank our local First Responders for keeping us safe and to show our appreciation for the sacrifice they make every day.
Shiloh’s children prepared large food baskets filled with various goodies, basic supplies, and lots of love. Teams visited Chicago Police Stations at: 5101 South Wentworth Avenue — District 2; 7040 South Cottage Grove — District 3; and 7808 South Hasted — District 6.
Each police department was very receptive to the children and was grateful for the food baskets. The police station at District 2 gave our children the VIP tour of the police station, allowing them to meet undercover officers as well as the sergeant and lieutenant on duty. We believe that in our urban communities, it’s important for the residents to have a working relationship with our First Responders. The church and community must work together.
Sabbath school teachers: Pam Daly (Children’s Ministry leader); Bern Johnson (Lower Division leader) teachers: Pam Price, Yolanda Williams, LaDonna Gilmore, Captain Eric and Teresa Johnson.