"Our God loves to work the miraculous in the midst of the mundane."

The Best Breakfast in Danville

To be honest, we didn’t see it coming. The pace can be pretty quick around Grace and Main some weeks and this frantic following of the Spirit can often tempt us to miss some of the small moments of grace that slide past in less noticeable ways. But, grace of any grandness and mercy of any magnitude must be celebrated and appreciated if we are to be a people who follow after a God who chose to save us by becoming one of us. If we consider again the story of Christmas even as it looms on the horizon, we must confess that our God loves to work the miraculous in the midst of the mundane.

But, because we were busy working on short-term and long-term shelter options, hosting larger and larger weekly meals, building relationships among the homeless, near-homeless, poor, and addicted, and generally trying to follow where the Spirit was leading us, we didn’t notice a beautiful thing that God was working in our midst. On a street in North Danville, the Kingdom was taking root in a new way. In the midst of poverty, addiction, crime, and desperation, the Spirit was giving birth to abundance, generosity, hope, and faith. Where sin had known few boundaries, love was winning the day.

What we discovered in that place was some a breakfast one weekday morning. Some of the folks we ate dinner with every Thursday night started hosting an open breakfast every week out of their homes. These few folks, who we first encountered on a Roving Feast, were former addicts and homeless brothers and sisters who had found grace and hope and who were becoming a part of our leadership and group of regulars. Now, they were pooling their meager resources—the little cash they could spare from their jobs and some of their food stamps—to buy eggs, bacon, grits, and milk. They started giving up the security that comes with a little more cash in your pocket to buy flour and baking powder to make biscuits. All this they do—and all this they sacrifice—to show God’s love to a neighborhood full of hurting and desperate people.

At first, it was just a half dozen folks showing up to eat breakfast quietly and go on about their days. But now it is nearly 30 folks who show up to laugh, talk, and share their lives with each other once a week around folding tables full of food. Once again, it seems that grace has multiplied in the margins of our world and God’s Spirit is found moving most strongly in the place where we might least expect it. We should not fail to notice that it was our brothers and sisters who are least equipped to sacrifice that have humbly and willingly sacrificed to serve our loving God. They’ve given boldly and generously, not from their plenty or their wealth, but because they have built a relationship with a God who calls them ever onward in service and with a community that celebrates their redemption and transformation.

Oh yes, the Spirit is moving in Danville and neighborhoods are being changed. Those who once were quiet participants in a Roving Feast in the abandoned and neglected places of Danville are now leaders and co-conspirators in this conspiracy of grace, mercy, and forgiveness. Lives are being changed and transformed in all those places you might not think to look and the celebrations are practically unceasing. Things are changing—one relationship at a time and one meal at a time. 

What is Third Chance Ministries?

Third Chance Ministries (3CM) is a ministry of Grace and Main Fellowship that identifies, develops, sends, and supports missionaries to urban areas of profound need in Southside Virginia. We believe that the best way to care for the homeless, near-homeless, impoverished, and addict communities is by supporting missionaries who are deeply invested in their particular areas of profound need as they build intentional, Christian communities around themselves. By supporting the leadership of these communities, 3CM enables these communities to spend 100% of their own donations on direct ministry, service, evangelism, and discipleship.

How You Can Be a Part

Grace and Main Fellowship and Third Chance Ministries need three things from you to continue this ministry of enabling intentional and long-term change in areas of profound need:
  1. Your prayers -- Please add Grace and Main Fellowship, Third Chance Ministries, and their leaders and missionaries to your prayer lists and regularly lift them up in prayer.
  2. Your voice -- If you think this newsletter was worth reading, then please forward it (or a link to our website) through your e-mail and through Facebook, Twitter, or other social media platforms.
  3. Your financial support -- To continue developing and supporting missionaries, we depend upon people like you to help fund our efforts. Please consider supporting our efforts on a monthly, quarterly, yearly, or one-time basis if you are not already doing so. You can email thirdministries@gmail.com or graceandmain@gmail.com with your questions or with your pledge.

More Information?

If you'd like to receive more information on the needs in, and data surrounding, ministry among the homeless, near-homeless, poor, and addicted inSouthside Virginia, then please email graceandmain@gmail.com with your address and we'll send you some of our informational material as soon as we can.
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