Good Shepherd Ministry Center Needs
By: Susan Naslund
"Walk into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They don't fuss with their appearance-but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them. If God gives such attention to the wildflowers, most of them never even seen, don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?"
Luke 12:27-28 (The Message)
"We want to give out clothes to people they would feel comfortable wearing, and that don't say, 'I live on the street,'" said Gene Pivero, recently. Together with Paula Perry, the two women have developed the Shepherd's Closet at the Good Shepherd Ministry Center, where they offer gently used clothing to people in need in our community. "I also want to give them self-esteem," added Paula.
Beginning March 10, the Shepherd's Closet will be open on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Operating next door to the Bethlehem Food Pantry, the Shepherd's Closet will work hand-in-hand with the food ministry. "When people stop by to pick up much needed food items, they can also get some new socks and a warm jacket," Paula said. "We also want to honor the dignity and humility many of our guests have," Gene remarked, who is interested in using her cosmetology background to give people "the full look." Surely God is using Paula and Gene to attend to the needs of, take pride in, and do their best for those without shelter and the under served people of El Cajon. If you would like to help, please put the following items in the red wagon on Sunday Mornings:
New socks and underwear (men's, women's and children's)
Gently used jeans, jackets, hoodies and athletic shoes (men's and women's)
Twin size or throw blankets (no comforters, pillows or larger blankets, please)
Paula is glad to be part of a church that "takes action" and is present in the community. If you want to be a visible member of Foothills UMC, and would like to join Paula and Gene at the Shepherd's Closet, contact Paula Perry.