We rejoice in seeing so many of our homeless brothers become coworkers in the Lord's vineyard with us! Whether through lending their voices in beautiful songs of praise with the Stepping Stone Choir Team, leading some of our weekly Bible studies, spreading the Gospel, or sharing love in Christ in serving the community, these servants have received the grace of our Lord Jesus to be saved through faith and called upon as His disciples. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Our brothers stay in shelters, abandoned buildings, and public parks, under bridges, or on the streets, and we believe our Lord will use them as His disciples for bringing others into His Kingdom through these important mission fields. Therefore, every Wednesday and Friday, we hold Bible study sessions to train and disciple the homeless leaders. Our Wednesdays, brothers join us through a partnership with the Atlanta Mission. On Fridays, brothers join us through a partnership with the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer's food ministry. Training is held at churches in the Atlanta region. Transportation is provided to and from the training sites.
Training participants are brothers with a willing heart for active rehabilitation and growing in faith. After the training, we encourage them to serve others.
Stepping Stone hosts a Rehabilitation and Spiritual Leadership Training Retreat three-to-four times each year. The program is four days long and the trainees are selected from the homeless who participate in training programs on Wednesdays and Fridays. The purpose is to further equip them for their discipleship and service to the Lord. Trainees engage in active learning through sessions taught by pastors and other ministers serving in churches throughout the Atlanta region.
The retreats have been held at the Daniel's Prayer Garden and participants are provided food and other necessities during the retreat. Transportation is provided to and from the retreat.
Eighteen retreats have been held to date. Through these retreats, more than 300 homeless brothers have completed the program and 32 brothers have been baptized into Christ becoming children of God.
Our trainees have shared how they are enjoying their new life in Christ and feel better equipped to serve Him. A number of them now actively participate as essential members of our Stepping Stone Ministry Team. Others have fulfilled their call to serve in other vocations. GLORY TO GOD!!!
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