25 Years of Ministry

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Blessings Church: I am so grateful to the Lord for allowing us to serve the community for 25yrs. And I’m so thankful for everyone who has prayed for us, volunteered at all the events year after year, and for everyone who has financially so that we could continue to serve those in need. There’s not enough words to share how grateful we are for all of you. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we continue to respond to the call on our lives! Love you all dearly! God Bless! The Rev!

Blessings Church

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Though some things have changed with Covid! It seems like nothing changes with homelessness. People are getting evicted, rent is going up everywhere and folks can’t find affordable housing. Church, the struggle continues. But I truly thank everyone for continuing to pray and supporting the ministry so we can continue to serve those in need. # Blessed to be a blessing # My visual journal! Love you the Rev!

Amazing Day

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Blessings Church: I’m so grateful for an amazing day yesterday. First I was blessed to speak at CSI in the morning and I give thanks to my beloved brother and partner Dennis Gaddy for inviting me to speak. And then I was blessed to speak to the kids at Holy Trinity about servitude and I had a wonderful time sharing with the kids. A big thanks to my beloved brother Deac G, Francesca and Ann for organizing a service project for the kids. And the package they made up for the less fortunate, they donated to to Lost Sheep. I thank God for allowing me to share my life freely with whoever will listen! Church, It’s all about Him! Have a blessed weekend! Love you the Rev!

Daily Inspiration: Meet Phillip Brickle

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Hi Phillip, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?I had been addicted to heroin for 20 years. Lost my family, place to live, and employment. Found me without a place to stay but my parents allowed me to move into their home at 40 years old. The drug use did not stop and life continued to spin out of control. I had gotten so frustrated with life that thoughts of suicide came to mind. One night, I cried out to God for help, and that night He touched me. I had no more taste for drugs, I had no withdrawals, And didn’t need to go to rehab. I got invited to go to church and while in church, during an altar call, I heard a voice in my heart saying, it’s your turn. I got up and went straight to the altar and accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. After that there were still struggles, no job, still living with my parents, and still having to get stronger by eating good food and resting. While unemployed, there were a couple of lakes where my parents lived and I went fishing for 90 straight days and stayed from sun up to sundown. While at the water, I took a small bible and read the psalms all day long while fishing. I finally got a job with the department of corrections. One day while in downtown Raleigh I went to Moore Square Park where the homeless hung out. And I heard that voice in my heart once again, and it said to feed the homeless. I had never done anything like that but God put the right people in my path and in 1996 we went to the park with 5 people, a card table, bowls, spoons, and a pot of chili. We didn’t have enough to give everyone a bowl. But that is where it all started. And now it is 26 years later and we have grown in so many areas in our service to the less fortunate. Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?It hasn’t always been a smooth road, at first we got a lot of opposition from the church where we started because we were bringing in van loads of homeless people for Sunday service and also providing a meal for those we brought in. But it wasn’t long before we got full support from the church leaders and congregation. And we had growth struggles because we grew so fast. And then the different struggles with the people we were serving. Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?I work full time for an organization called CASA and Casa provides […]