Lord of the Streets or L.O.T.S. is a very special ministry here at Trinity. The monetary support, time, and food and clothing donations from the members of Trinity have truly made this ministry a success. This ministry has been at Trinity for over 12 years, helping God’s special people, the people who live on the streets of Houston.
My husband Woodie and I fondly call this ministry Faith, Food and Flicks.
Each Monday one of six teams goes to the L.O.T.S. mission located on Fannin Street across from Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Houston. These teams go to bring Christ to the people who live on the streets, feeding 50-60 persons a hot meal, conducting a service with music and showing them a movie. Not just any movie, however, but one that role models the Christian way of life. Two such movies that come to mind are: The Gifted Hands (the story of Ben Carson’s life) and Blindside.
Each year before Christmas, this ministry hosts a songfest. 150-200 of God’s special people are fed at Trinity Episcopal Church downtown. All of the teams pitch in for the service, food and the Christmas carols. It is a lot of work, but a good time is had by all. That’s what makes it all worthwhile.
A few of the special things I have witnessed while there:
A fellow in a wheelchair quoted the 23rd Psalm. His eyes lit up while he was saying it and the smile that he had on his face was priceless.
Cole, our grandson, stated that the next time he went to Lord of the Streets he would like to stay in the kitchen. His dad asked “as he afraid of the people?” This was his reply, “No, but when the people ask for more food and I can’t give it to them, then I feel really bad.”
On Bill Carter’s birthday in July, Nancy Farrell provided cake for everybody to enjoy and everyone sang happy birthday to him. Now that’s the way to celebrate a birthday!
The L.O.T.S. ministry has impacted my life in countless ways. I know that I am where I’m called to be, working among the people that need my help the most. These are people who are no different than you and me, the CEO who lost his job, the veteran who served our country, the innocent child, and the downtrodden. I can only hope, as a disciple for Christ, that I have helped God change the lives of at least some of these people through this ministry.
In closing I would like to quote from Hebrew 13:2:
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that, some have entertained angels without knowing it.