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History of Sparrow Ministry

 

While on the pastoral staff at Blue Ridge Baptist Temple in 1986, I began speaking several times each month at City Union Mission in Kansas City, Missouri, and have spoken there on the third Tuesday of each month ever since.

In 2004, upon encouragement from the evening chaplain at City Union Mission, I began looking for other rescue missions to speak at, contacted several, got on their schedules, and began seeing good results. It became such a passion for me that I continued to get more involved.

The ministry began to grow to the point that we needed to form a not-for-profit organization, and we named it Sparrow Ministry, a ministry of North Grand River Baptist Association.

The name comes from a prior vocational occupation of mine of building birdhouses for the wholesale market, and realizing that no one ever asks for a sparrow house because no one seems to want sparrows around. They do not sing pretty and are very messy. That reminds me of the people we minister to, but thinking further, I
realized that but for the grace and merciful forgiveness of God, I am just like them Because of that, I named it Sparrow Ministry instead of Sparrows Ministry and I am that sparrow. I would never want any to think that I was talking down to the homeless. In addition to that, I like what the Bible says about God and sparrows:

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall to the ground without your Father (Matthew 10:29).

We continue to go further, and speak more, and plan to keep expanding this ministry. It is the most exciting and rewarding adventure that I have been on in my life, and cannot imagine ever stopping, as long as the Lord allows.

We continue to go further, and speak more, and plan to keep expanding this ministry. It is the most exciting and rewarding adventure that I have been on in my life, and cannot imagine ever stopping, as long as the Lord allows.