05/06/2020 Thank you from, Executive Director Wendy Petty
Thank you to God and our sponsors, for enabling Crazy Love Ministries to be entering into its 4th year of outreach services to those in need in Shelton, WA!
Due to Covid19 restrictions Crazy Love Ministries wasn’t able to hold our annual public Cinco De Mayo Anniversary Street Feed this year, but there are still testimonies to be shared! Following is one of the many that reflects God’s glory and greatness.
Her name is Audrey! I first met her in March of 2017. It was the very first night a couple of us hit the streets in down town Shelton, WA to hand out food in effort to begin meeting those who made up the local Street Family.
Audrey was one of the first five people we served and met that evening. I remember the faces of those first five as though it was only yesterday. My first impression was that she was beautiful! And heavily burdened.
She pulled up on her bike. She was hesitant in receiving help from anyone to relieve her of some of the heavy bags dangling from her bike. I noticed how perfectly the bags were balancing her, indicating to me she’d grown very familiar to lugging bags around.
Out of respect for her hesitancy, we fell back and watched her handle her bags on her own. I was instantly able to recognize God had created her with a strong sense of determination.
Audrey reminded me so much of who I used to be; a young girl trying to balance the weights of life all on her own. I have never stopped praying for her. It took months for Audrey to begin trusting we were there for her and we expected nothing in return from her. Having the opportunity to simply know her and love her was all that mattered to us.
Once she finally started allowing us to help her It was not always easy to witness some of the things she was walking through. One of the most heart breaking, but trust building times in my relationship with God, was a night when I wrapped a blanket around her body as she laid resting in a cold parking lot…..
Our ministry team was not going to give up on her! I was not going to cease believing that the same God who had saved me would also save her! I desperately prayed over her that night for Him to care for her in the ways only He could. I had to trust He would. And He did!
Audrey will be celebrating two years of sobriety from methamphetamines on Jun 1st. God has restored her relationships with her children and family. She has an amazing new home!
As with me, Audrey’s willingness to finally hear God and learn from Him has led her to the love and rest He has always desired for her to know. She admits it still gets difficult, but I’m so thankful that she is experiencing true freedom.
Sadly, not every outreach story I’ve been a part of has ended in victory, according to what I consider victory to be. We’ve lost a couple of our Street Family members along the way. We remain trusting that God hasn’t lost hold of them, but it’s Audrey’s story along with many others that keep me encouraged to keep doing what Crazy Love Ministries is doing.
No one should ever be given up on! With Christ Jesus ALL things are possible!
05/01/2020 Street Family Update
The laundry room is finished at the Mason County Warming Center! Go God! More machines coming soon! Thank you to Shelton Laundry for 2 1/2 years of partnership to help provide our homeless community with clean clothing and bedding. This service will now be provided directly at the center. Lovingly dedicated in memory of Stan and Elma Hilberg whose support of Crazy Love Ministries is continuing to help God’s vision grow.
04/15/2020 Street Family Update
BASIC NEED/CLOTHING GIVE-AWAY: Crazy Love Ministries will no longer be providing this service on the 3rd Friday of the month at the Shelton Street Feed. This service will now be provided at the Mason County Warming Center on the 1st and 3rd Saturday’s of the month from 11am-12pm.
2020 Annual Tent Collection
It’s almost time for Crazy Love Ministries to celebrate 3 years of the Shelton Street Feeds! Go God! Our annual April Tent Collection is underway. On the first Friday in May at the anniversary feed we give away tents. This is in perfecting timing to bless those who have made Shelton’s seasonal emergency shelter their home. The Shelter closes April 30th-Nov 1st.
PLEASE donate $35 today for a tent below to help surpass last year’s collection of 30 tents. Tents, sleeping bags, mats, and camping gear will also be gladly accepted at the Mason County Warming Center, 110 S. First St: on any Tue, Thurs, Sat from 9am-12pm.
3/20/2020 Public Update
As long as no further state or county restrictions are mandated, Crazy Love Ministries has put into place and will execute the proper procedures necessary for the Warming Center to continue providing food and services to the homeless.
If you are amongst those needing services at the center please prepare yourself for the following:
#1 The Center will be operating on limited hours.
#2 If you are coughing, sneezing, running a fever, etc contact us for food and resources through another person, messenger, or by calling the ministry number: 360-358-3355. Do not come to the center.
#3 If you are okay in just accepting a bag of food at the door please do so. We will temporarily be limiting those coming into the center to around 10 at a time.
#4 If you enter the center you will need to wash your hands outside the door, check in your bag, then wash your hands again more thoroughly in the restroom.
Beginning Mar. 21st the Center’s hours will be:
Hours are subject to change as needed. We hope to slowly increase hours and occupancy numbers vs decrease. Please continue praying with us for Shelton’s protection!
3/19/2020 Public Update
We hope our Crazy Love Family is continuing to stand with us in speaking Psalm 91 over themselves and everyone in Shelton, WA, our state and nation! Let us continue to be encouraged by one another as we ride out this threat of virus. In Jesus name, may it not come near any of us!
Friday’s Street Feed will be modified, but not out of fear. We will proceed in wisdom to honor the creeds that have been set forth by our appointed public officials.
Changes you can expect:
We will continue to set-up a hand washing station
There will be no seating area
There will be no clothing give away this week
Everyone will receive: 1 packaged hot meal, 1 bagged breakfast/lunch, and 1 hygiene package.
What can you do to help us in maintaining the recommended social distancing? If you are coughing don’t come. Instead, if you are in need of food please send us a message through another person, messenger, or the ministry phone number: 360-358-3355. Please be sure to use the hand washing station that you should now be familiar with. Please stagger yourselves in line practicing a 6ft’ distancing.
If you need prayer, someone to talk to, or to get connection info for other local resources it’s ALWAYS okay to stay a couple of minutes to speak to someone in blue or put a message into the praise/prayer can
We will decide on Saturday’s hours for the Mason County Warming Center and Monday Laundry Service soon! Decisions are being made day-by-day! Watch for continued updates.