What do you do when a chaotic living environment prevents new believers from growing in their faith? This question is a daily reality for inner-city churches like Faith Community Church in Providence, RI.
So when the opportunity came to purchase a triple-decker as a discipleship house for women, the church saw it as an answer to prayer.
“For some of [the women], providing a living space after their conversion was significant because it was the first time in a couple of years that they’d had that stable, steady space,” says pastor John Ames. “Some of them have come out of chronic homelessness; some of them have come out of a history of prostitution … There’s been some real chaos they’re escaping.”
The triple-decker, nicknamed Daniel House, opened in January 2018. Since then it has been home to a handful of women who, after being baptized, are working their way through a two-year discipleship program that involves Bible teaching, ministry assignments and a covenant living agreement.
The church’s hopes that “a stable living environment would translate to a stable learning environment” are proving true.
“Overall it’s been a very good experience, and people are making progress,” says Ames. “We’re very excited about the ministry.”
But in order for the ministry to continue, the house has to be functional. In the case of Daniel House, that means a new roof.
The discipleship house has an old roof that was patched by its previous owner – and leaking has been an issue since Faith Community purchased the house.
A portion of your gifts to the New England Mission Emphasis will help patch the roof – or even purchase a new roof – so that Daniel House can continue be a safe place where women from difficult circumstances grow and heal through the power of the Gospel.