Why Join The Team?

Is. 58:6-7 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked to clothe him…”

Throughout God’s Word it is clear that caring for the needs of those less fortunate than ourselves is not an option, but a command. God created all of us for a purpose (Eph. 2:10) and one of those purposes is caring for the needy. God takes caring for the poor very seriously and so should we. The only difference should be in how that care is expressed in each of our lives.

ROP’s ministry expresses care for the poor in a variety of ways: by providing food and clothing to the needy; by providing teaching and tutoring to adults wanting to learn English, earn their GED or get a better job and to kids struggling in school; by providing counseling and mentoring to people struggling with addictions, abuse and other issues; by encouraging kids to learn how to make healthy choices at home, at school and with their friends; and by taking the opportunities God gives us to share His love in word as well as deed.

Over the past couple years, ROP has also felt God's call to play a greater role in the area of Community Development. For ROP, Community Development means (1) supporting local church leadership, (2) encouraging unity within the Body of Christ, (3) facilitating connections between urban and suburban church partners, and (4) partnering with local churches in serving our community.

As we have felt God calling ROP to a greater role in community development, we have also felt convicted that we need to do a couple things as it relates to our building in order to make it a better tool for ministry.

First, we feel like we need to make ROP’s building more accessible to the public. We intend to do this in two ways. One is to staff the front desk with a receptionist so that we can have regular hours when people can come to ROP and find the door unlocked with someone readily available to answer questions and provide assistance. (Without someone at the front desk, we need to keep the door locked for security reasons.) A receptionist can also help us with another need – doing a better job of answering the phones. It is our hope and expectation that over time unlocked doors and answered phones will make ROP a more accessible and hospitable venue for the people of our community.

Second, we are convicted that the building itself could use some attention in order to make it feel more like a place where people are treated with dignity and respect. Earlier this year we hired a partially disabled Burmese man as a janitor to do routine cleaning. Thanks to a grant from The Anschutz Foundation we are also in the process of upgrading and expanding our kitchen. These are big steps in the right direction, but one significant item desperately needs attention – our floors. The tile in the back of the building is likely original which means it is 60+ years old. The carpet in the front was installed only 7 years ago when our building was renovated, but the combination of heavy use and poor quality carpet means it is time for replacement and hopefully an upgrade.

Obviously, these things take money. We plan to hire and train receptionists from the community we serve. Paying a receptionist $10/hr. to man the front desk three days per week for 5 hours each day will cost about $600/month or $7,200/year. Replacing the tile in the back and carpet in the front of the building will cost about $7,500 and $6,000, respectively.

ROP needs the ongoing partnership of the Body of Christ to sustain and grow this ministry. We need this partnership to be expressed in volunteering and financial support. If God is leading you to get involved (or more involved) with ROP, please act today by making a financial gift and/or contacting the appropriate program director regarding your interest in serving.

To learn more about volunteering at ROP click HERE