The Parable of the Good Samaritan is given to us in Luke 10:25-37. In this parable Jesus demonstrates that our mercy should extend to any neighbor in need, regardless of that neighbor’s culture, beliefs, or physical location. Jenkins has several ministries that are patterned along those lines.
Ministry of The Good Samaritan
The Burrito Ministry was founded in 2012 as a homeless food ministry that focuses on relationships. We meet at 5:00 pm on Monday nights at Green Street Church (146 Green Street, Nashville), have a meal there with homeless and low income friends, then go on the streets to several meeting spots to share with others.
Often, charity is seen as what one person gives another, yet what the Burrito Ministry hopes to do is break down the walls of haves and have-nots. Instead we focus on building relationships, showing dignity, and forging life-changing bonds for everybody.
The Burrito Ministry has three goals. First, we strive to share an excellent meal with anyone who struggles with access to good food. Our desire is to serve what we enjoy eating, Burritos!
Second, we want to support the work of Green Street Church in Nashville who has a homeless camp on their property. We believe they are doing God’s work and we want to help them do that by providing their meal on Monday night.
Last, we hope to show people what homelessness looks like, by educating volunteers and anyone willing to listen. Many have preconceived notions about our friends from the streets, but when people get to know them, it changes how they see the homeless world.
What we have come to realize through all this is that Matthew 25’s Sheep and the Goats is proven right. We have found the presence of Christ already on the streets of Nashville. They are in our friends who have shown us grace and mercy beyond measure, by teaching us truths we didn’t know. We’ve found faith in abundance, an unbreakable Spirit, and passionately love, all amid brutal circumstances.
So come join us if you can. It changed us, and I pray it may you, too. You can find more information here, and we look forward to sharing a Burrito with you.
Jenkins’ Outreach joins with neighbors who find themselves in need of financial assistance, and provides them with resources to navigate their challenging circumstances. All help remains anonymous so that only those directly assisting know who we are helping.
In addition, Jenkins’ Outreach holds a yearly “Holiday Helper” to give Christmas presents and other items to parents (mostly local), who in turn provide them to their children. Christmas can bring great stress on parents trying to balance bills and the thrill of giving gifts to a child. Our Outreach group hopes to put some of the joy back in Christmas by removing life’s tough decisions.
Through the Blessing Bags/Boxes program those in physical, emotional, or spiritual crisis – perhaps a child with a serious injury, someone undergoing cancer treatment, or a lonely elderly person – are sent a variety of items and good wishes to let them know they are loved and prayed for.
In addition to these and other avenues of Outreach, the church hopes to fulfill God’s commandment of loving those who suffer from financial or other burdens.
The Fall Festival and other fundraisers, donations, and church funds allow Outreach to function. Through the generous giving of many, and the help it provides to those in need, God’s glory is shown for all to see.
Thanks to all those who help, to those who allow us to be of help, and to God for a chance to do it all together.
Mothers Day Out Ministry
Our Mother’s Day Out Program is now serving the second generation of families. Parents who went here twenty years ago are signing their children up. We find it an honor to be trusted for the faith and educational teachings we provide.
Tracy Boucher leads the MDO program with love and wisdom. The church is grateful for her service and for the teacher team she has assembled.