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Building relationships at Dégagé Ministries

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In March we shared the beginning of our mission statement, “To reflect the love of Christ to all who come through our doors...” Next, our mission says, “…by building relationships…” This happens in many ways at Dégagé.
Our Operations Manager, Angela, sharing from God's Word in the morning

Our Operations Manager, Angela, sharing from God's Word in the morning

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In March, we shared the beginning of our mission statement, “To reflect the love of Christ to all who come through our doors...” Next, our mission says, “…by building relationships…” This happens in many ways at Dégagé.

Angela, our Operations Manager, begins the day with a message from the Word of God to those who spend their mornings in the Dining Room. She describes this time as “engaging and calm” as the patrons attentively listen to the messages she shares. One message that she stresses each morning is simple yet profound: “Don’t block your blessings.”

One of these mornings, a man entered the Dining Room for a cup of coffee, having just hidden something he had stolen from an area business. Upon hearing Angela’s message over the microphone, he immediately left the Dining Room and returned the stolen item. He came back, told Angela about what he had done, and hugged her. “Never block your blessings,” he said to her.

Testimonies like these are shared each morning as patrons speak about what God has done in their hearts and lives through the ministry of Dégagé. This is how relationships are built in the Dining Room. Whether through a shared cup of coffee, a testimony, a word from a staff member, a powerful message from the Word, or a prayer prayed with someone in need, love is shown and relationships are built each day in this “heart of Heartside.”

By Molly Hilbert

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