"Preach the gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words."
Francis of Assisi
What are our community partners and volunteers saying about Unto Him?
At Family Promise, we met David Sherron and the Unto Him ministry he founded when in the midst of a revitalization effort of our 4,000-foot Day Center for families experiencing homelessness. The ministry immediately brought resources to the project through small grants and volunteer labor, and for that we are grateful, but what struck me more was their alignment with our deep desire to provide something dignified to the families we serve. So many times, our budget forces us to give second hand items to children here. The Unto Him ministry would have none of that. Now their service has branched out to serving those families in need by providing Thanksgiving meals, or engaging children and families with evening activities while they are staying in the program. It is certainly a passionate and inspiring group that takes service as a deep calling as opposed to a past-time.
When David Sherron invited me to participate with his group, I was excited by what he told me, but also doubtful what I could contribute with a bad back and knee.
I have known since my late teens, my spiritual gifts are: compassion towards others, and their problems, and talking with anybody about anything.
At different churches, I have been a deacon who visited those in the hospital, and those home bound. In my early 20's, I volunteered at the Riley Burn Unit visiting babies who had critical burns, when the parents couldn't be around all the time. During my working years, my company granted time from work to volunteer in various reading programs at a nearby school Besides David's group, I coach a 4th - 6th grade Flag Football Team.
My Unto Him dinner serving experience at the Wheeler Mission was more than I expected. My first time there, I had dialysis that that Friday afternoon, and was still kinda tired, and had not fully recovered. But I always feel that if I can walk, I'll always fulfill my obligations. I tried my best to serve the trays to those wonderful guys, but my body let me down.
I then decided to sit with the homeless guys we were serving and use my gift of talking. It was an experience I will never forget. Those men were willing to talk about God in their life, and what they were willing to try to change their lives.
Through Unto Him I also have helped with the serving dinners to various families at several shelters. I have been blessed to talk and listen to members of these families, especially the kids.
I appreciate David having an understanding that I'll give 110 % effort with whatever Unto Him project by body allows me to participate in. Despite whatever pain I might be experiencing, my God gives me the strength to help others less fortunate than me. I have been so blessed in my life, so it’s been my mission in my life to help and teach others.
I love and appreciate the Sherron family for the opportunities to serve the needs within my community, for those so many others overlook.
David Bolling, Unto Him Volunteer
Unto Him has been a tremendous blessing for many of our church members.
For example, “I”, Linda, was feeling like I was not contributing toward missionary ministry and was wanting to go out and help people that were in need. I was asked to volunteer with “Unto Him” by shopping for families that would otherwise not have a holiday meal, or Christmas for their children. After volunteering, God blessed me to be able to bless my own grandchildren. I believe that God blesses us when we bless others.
Linda, Unto Him Volunteer
I am so pleased to be available to help so many people in need of a lift up in their lives. It's been my great pleasure to serve with Unto Him. There is nothing else I'd rather do in my spare time.
Jamie Maxey-Gonzalez, Unto Him Volunteer
I was introduced to the tremendous outreach service that Unto Him was providing to our communities “On Sundays” as well as Mondays through Saturdays. But I was particularly convicted when I learned that while many churches were having regular church services on Sundays, the Unto Him ministry was actually being the hands and the feet of Jesus Christ by serving the Homeless, Providing Meals to the Hungry, Visiting the Sick and ministering to the unchurched people in our city and in our communities.
So I was inspired to present the Unto Him serving opportunities to our “Circle of Trust” (CoT) members. CoT is a community based organization, and many member associates agreed to partner with Unto Him to volunteer to serve with many different types of outreach serving opportunities.
Many members had decided to join Unto Him ministry to be available at times, and as a result, other Church ministries, community based organizations, and individuals from other diverse populations have volunteered, as well as their family members.
We have received testimonies of how many people had been blessed by serving with or being served by Unto Him in their homes, blessed in their ministries and blessed to be a blessing to their families. CoT would like to thank Unto Him Ministries for providing a field in which so many people can plant seeds of kindness into the lives of those that God commissioned us to serve.
Circle of Trust
Charter Chair President
My experience with Unto Him has been a truly humbling and rewarding experience. I enjoy serving the underserved in our community, and I do extensive volunteer activities on the Neareastside of the city. I thoroughly enjoy my time serving with this ministry and look forward to continuing to participate in the many outreach efforts of Unto Him Ministries. Thank you for letting me partake in blessing others while being blessed.
Valerie Davis, Unto Him Volunteer
The support of Unto Him is all about bearing one another’s burdens as the Body of Christ. We trust Unto Him to give us volunteers that are not seeking to serve themselves by serving our community, but they provide volunteers that are serving Christ with their lives. We are thankful for Unto Him and look forward to fruitful ministry being done in our broken neighborhood. (David Cederquist, Pastor, Brookside Community Church)
“Unto Him has been such a blessing to the guests and residents at Wheeler Mission. Specifically at the Center for Women & Children, they have not only provided willing volunteers in times of need but have done so with a sense of humility, joy, and love. The volunteers have impacted our Children’s Ministry by offering educational field trips that could not happen otherwise, as well as stepped in the gap to not just serve a meal but provide the food as well. We are blessed by this organization and look forward to working with them in the future!”
During the Thanksgiving week, Cheryl and her crew of Unto Him came in to serve dinner to the families that we were hosting, and created the kind of hospitality just like she would in her own home. This quality was so apparent to our guests. I am so thankful for the Unto Him gang, who seem so committed to serving homeless families as their neighbors.
Family Promise Coordinator
St Lukes Church
Unto Him ministry has been very inspirational for me and my family. We experience what it is to love God and his people, when you get out of self and fulfill Gods commandments. Unto Him's ministry has really been a blessing to us to serve Him unconditional. We are blessed.....
Unto Him Volunteers, Leroy Smith & Family
Thank you for the kitchen sink. Kids were washing their hands in it yesterday before lunch. A mom last week was washing out baby bottles in it. A dad filled a bowl with water to cook his Ramen noodles. All did this far away from the bathroom and avoided cross contamination. This was long overdue.
Thanks to your donation of the counter, sink, and cabinet, we used the funds from Meridian Street UMC to hire Hope Plumbing last Friday to install the cold and hot water supply and the drain through the wall to the laundry pipes. It works wonderfully, and the attached picture is proof.
This is such a relief to have here for AT LEAST the next four years of our lease, if not 20 years.
Thank you. Sincerely.
What you do reminds me of my favorite quote (can’t help a Catholic for quoting a saint…)
“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.” –St. Teresa of Avila
On Saturday, April 15, 2017, while my husband Leroy and I were serving dinner to the homeless with Unto Him at a local church, we had the following encounter with Jesus.
This was a special opportunity for us to serve under the leadership of David Sherron, founder of unto Him Ministries. It was this day, that we had the privilege of meeting three families in a homeless crisis situation, that were being housed for the week at a local suburban church (through a program that provides temporary housing for homeless families by utilizing a network of local churches to host them on a weekly basis). While each family exhibited unique and diverse qualities, there was one particular mother whose eyes I was unable to ignore. She was holding a baby girl on her hip, who looked to be under the age of 1.
While the families were sitting down eating the delicious dinner that was prepared by Brother David and Brother Leroy, I noticed two orange oval shaped chairs positioned away from the dining area, in what looked to be a quiet, private space. As I made my way towards this inviting area, I sat down in what felt like a soft, plush pillow. While sitting in this comfortable space, my eyes looked all around observing this moment in time; while watching the families’ interactions, surveying the pictures on the wall, observing the outside light shining through the stained glass windows, and, of course, talking with my heavenly Father.
After about 20 minutes, the same young lady, whom we will call Rhonda, walked towards me with the same baby on her hip. I stopped her and asked her where she was going. Her comment, “My baby was getting sleepy, and I am taking her to our room.” I asked her how she was doing that evening, and that opened the door to us to conversant more.
Rhonda sat down in the orange oval chair next to me. She told me that she wanted a change in her life, and that she was looking for something better for herself and her children. She began to pour out her heart to me at that moment, and I listened to not only what she was saying, but also to what she wasn’t saying.
Rhonda drew me into her world, and I entered by sharing how, at one time, my family and I too were once homeless guest of this same organization. So my testimony included how I, myself, was once in the same situation that Rhonda was currently finding herself in.
I shared with her how I utilized that precious time to pursue my Lord, Jesus. I shared what God did for me and my family, and I explained that He could, and would, do the same thing for her. I then asked her if she knew Jesus, and if she was saved. Her response was that she believed in a `higher power’, and that she believed in God. I then posed the question again: “Are you saved, and have you confessed Jesus as your Lord?” “No”, she responded.
I then asked Rhonda if she wanted to be saved. She responded, “Yes I do, (with tears filling her eyes)!” Her response came without hesitation or confrontation, so I knew she was open to receive. I led Rhonda in confessing the sinner’s prayer, from Romans 10:9 – “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the Heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Rhonda and I hugged and rejoiced! Then we got up, and I told everyone who was at the church that night, either serving or being served, that a soul had just been saved!!!
“All Souls Unitarian Church participates in Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis’s Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) program to house homeless families in local churches. David Sherron and other volunteers from “Unto Him” have graciously supplied, cooked, and served food to families at breakfast and dinner. David is an excellent chef and his meals are enjoyed by all. “Unto Him” volunteers are supportive and friendly to the families and to All Souls’ volunteers. It is a pleasure to work with them.”
Judy Lambert, Family Promise Coordinator, All Souls Unitarian Church