Starting a Homeless Ministry - In The Middle of COVID!

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Can a ministry started in the middle of a pandemic possibly work?

Today I talk with Matt Barker of Bread and Fish Ministries. This is a really inspiring story, because it tells of how one man responded to the needs of those around him through hands-on ministry at a time when the whole world was hands-off.

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Reuel Sample:
What I find fascinating about this, Matt is that you saw a need, you went home, you prayed about it, and then you went out and did it.


You didn't go through committees. You didn't go through focus groups. You didn't go through the process of setting up a not-for-profit. You just saw the need and you went to do that. That's pretty fast.


Matt Barker:

Yeah, it was, it was definitely all God, because I mean, like I said, I've known a lot of these homeless people for a long time and never, never thought to do anything.


Or even my friend Zach was talked about it before. Like I've always wanted to do something like this to get out there and especially just to get up there, minister on the streets and I've never known how, and then all of a sudden we did this and it was just so easy and same with me. I've never known how, and it was just never knew how.


Reuel Sample:
Until you went out and did it. Did you find that it was easier or tougher than you thought or that your initial thoughts were just blown up?


Matt Barker:

Yeah, I was blown away. It was way easier than I thought it would be. I mean, the way easier we just did it. And uh, you know, whenever you're walking in God's will, he's gonna, he's gonna arm you with everything you need.


So, you know, if we saw the need and someone needed, uh, a Bible. God was going to provide us a Bible, but we just, it was way easier. I thought it was amazing. But you know, people who are listening to this, they'd say no, there's, there is absolutely no way I could, could do that even now, much less during COVID.

Bread and Fish Ministries

Bread and Fish Ministries

Bread and Fish Ministries is the homeless ministry program started by Matt Barker in Forth Worth Texas.

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
-James 2:14-18

Fish and Loaves Ministries: https://www.facebook.com/groups/217522625986182

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Reuel Sample is the host of The Pastor's Voice Podcast. He has a Bachelor Degree in Sociology and Business Administration from Grove City College, and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has served as a church pastor and a Navy Chaplain. He is a staunch churchmen - which is why he criticizes it so much. He is an avid sailor and wood worker. He is blessed to be married to his wife Pam. They make their home in Wilmington, NC.

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