On Saturday, November 19th, L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry held the 9th annual ALIVE festival. This year, God blessed every part of the event. From the absolutely perfect weather, to 300 excited volunteers, God was glorified as men, women, and children were given the opportunity to experience Jesus Christ’s abundant life.
ALIVE is our best and most fun event for several reasons. First, it is Pittsburgh’s largest gathering for the homeless. Secondly, it is great way to break stereotypes that volunteers have and to get over 300 people engaged in serving the homeless. But most importantly, ALIVE is great because everyone is given the chance to truly feel alive. The homeless are honored and made to feel extremely valued and appreciated (as they should be). We cut down the lines they are accustomed to wait in, and we only serve the best of the best clothes, food, and entertainment. Volunteers feel alive because they get the opportunity to serve in a way that transforms their lives. They are able to view the homeless in a new light, and form relationships that can last a lifetime. Even our staff gets the privilege of feeling more alive. This event strengthens our commitment to Christ and His call on our lives, and in many ways, we see this as one big family reunion!
This past week, we celebrated Thanksgiving, which is a time to reflect on the many blessings that we have. Unfortunately, our culture is losing some of our gratitude due to the consumerism and greed produced by Black Friday. Even still, I am thankful to God for the homeless, for ALIVE, for each of you, and for the life that I have found in Jesus Christ. Serving the homeless is not always an easy life, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world!
For those of you who came to ALIVE, we would love to hear your reactions to the event. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how God blessed you to be a part of the best day of the year! We look forward to hearing the ways in which you felt ALIVE, and we are thankful for how you made last Saturday a great day! Happy Thanksgiving friends!