Lately, I’ve been reflecting on Matthew 25:35-40, which says, “For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited me in; naked, and you clothed me; I was sick, and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'”
The Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center strives to meet the various needs of our clients. We often have visits from people who need practical support in the form of diapers, clothing or baby furniture. While meeting these immediate needs, we recognize that there are needs of different kinds. One of my favorite programs at YVPC is called Earn While You Learn, which helps parents gain skills and tools to be better parents. Our classes address a number of topics covering pregnancy, infant care and life skills, and I enjoy when clients share the new insights they’ve gained from one of our classes.
Clients are still able to meet practical needs through the EWYL program since they can purchase items such as diapers or new car seats with the credits earned for classes, but there is more to the program than that.
Clients gain skills, they earn items and our volunteers can build relationships with them. Some clients share their victories and their heartaches with the volunteers, and being able to share life with them is remarkable.
Meeting needs at the practical and educational levels is awesome, but getting to address spiritual needs is amazing. We never push our beliefs on our clients, but if they are open and asking questions, we freely answer. Acknowledging why we do this work and upon whom we each rely gives us unique opportunities to minister to deeper needs.