These last couple months have been my first ever experiences with the Room In The Inn ministry. I have been blown away by the commitment and devotion of the volunteers. We do so many amazing things at Assurance in the area of “Missions” (although that term does not always sum-up the true depth of the work), and over the next couple months we will highlight all of the areas where we serve those in need the most. Today, I wanted to write about Room In The Inn for a particular reason: COLD.

What I mean is that it has been COLD out there! I know this weekend is supposed to see a rise in temperatures, but the last few weeks have been full of freezing and bitter weather. And being from Florida, I admit this is not what my body is used to on a regular basis. But I have a warm place to go in the cold, and unfortunately, many do not. With that, I celebrate that Assurance has been a place of warmth and security for those looking for shelter during the harsh weather through this amazing ministry—Room In The Inn.

For those of you who are not familiar with Room In The Inn, a better description can be found on the Urban Ministry website. As you can see, this ministry truly makes a difference by giving others the most basic of needs: Food and Shelter.

Talking about when he would return in all His glory, Jesus once said, “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ “

These words from Jesus are a core value of the Gospel. We worship and adore our King (Jesus Christ), but we also follow where he leads—and the Gospels make it clear that he leads to those in need. I want to celebrate Room In The Inn this week because it’s a ministry that values the above words of Jesus in every way. In fact, as mentioned earlier, we have several ministries throughout Assurance that do that same thing as well, and we will be highlighting them over the next couple months. Also, in February, we will have a series titled “How To Be A Super Disciple”, and a big part of the series will be about connecting to the various opportunities to serve around the church. We are truly a congregation who is growing in Jesus Christ and going in service, and ministries like Room In The Inn are a reason why!

If you have any interest in helping with the Room In The Inn ministry, or simply wish to know more about it, please visit the RITI page here. On the page, you will see a link to the needs list in our MyAssurance system. If you are not signed-up for MyAssurance, that’s no problem! Simply click on “Sign-Up” and follow the easy instructions. This will help you better connect to all the ministries of Assurance. You can also text or call J.C. Stevens about Room In The Inn at 828-234-6336, or email him at jcstevens.ncsu@gmail.com. I know he would love to answer any questions you may have.

It’s warming up out there. The weather is improving. But just the other day it was brutally cold, and our church was keeping those in need warm and fed….and Jesus was praised in the process!