Robert was a member of Faith Fellowship Church in Perry Hall, Maryland. Although he had a difficult life and battled with drug addiction he was saved by the grace of God (Romans 8:29-30) For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
Robert committed his life to kill sin or as he once said committed his life to the mortification of sin. He loved puritan books and the study of the Word of God. He volunteered his time helping addicts and united in The Hope Movement to share the Gospel in Baltimore City, helping us transform vacant lots on North Avenue into community gardens and a place to feed the hungry, provide clothing while at the same time preaching the full Gospel and praying for those in the community.
Robert often shared his testimony and always gave all the glory to God alone.
On January 27, 2018 Robert passed away. God knows the heart of every true believer and even knows their struggles. God is sovereign and knows the date of our birth and our death and is working all things for His glory and our good.
While we were conducting street outreach in Baltimore city on North Ave. on December 2, 2017 where we conducted a "Celebration for Jesus" at our Haven of Hope Community Garden we met a man named Reginald. Reginald lives on the streets, struggles with addiction, abandoned by family and recently lost his mother. He came to the garden and wanted to speak with Linda a member of our team, most likely he need a motherly conversation. Reginald was deeply depressed and was considering to take his own life. Linda spent much time with him listening to him, counseling him, praying with him and wiping away his tears. Later Jonathan came and shared with Reginald the Gospel, how we waste so much time here on earth living in rebellion against God and we need to think eternally. By God's providence we were there at that moment for Reginald to come to seek prayer and for him to hear the Gospel. How great is our God, sovereign in all things and the source of all goodness.
During our "Celebration for Jesus" in the inner city of Baltimore on North Ave where we served 100 hotdogs, 50 sandwiches and 125 cupcakes, we also spent time praying with people and sharing the Gospel. During that afternoon the children who were volunteering with us were playing with some of the neighborhood children. One boy arrived with his grandmother who was clearly high on drugs as she was falling over while simply standing with us. Our children felt lead to pray with this young boy. May God be glorified, a new generation rise up to go and preach the Gospel and we continue to pray for this young boy and his family that they will be freed from sin and each member of his family repent and come to Christ.
This Sunday until Friday The Hope Movement in partnership with Life Source Church and others will be flying down to the keys to share the love of Christ by helping to rebuild a church and homes that were destroyed by Hurricane Irma while also sharing the Gospel. Keep us all in prayer and those whom we will be serving.
Soli Deo Gloria (Glory To God Alone)
On Saturday as we were working in the Haven of Hope Community Garden on North Avenue in Baltimore City we were playing worship music and landscaping. As we worked a man came to us and wanted to talk. He said he just got out of jail because he and his ex-girlfriend got into a fight, he is living on the streets and while in jail for two weeks his mother passed away of cancer and he missed the opportunity to see her. He said she was in the house dead for days and no one checked on her. As he spoke this hard man broke down and cried like a child.
He lives on the streets and came by to tell us that in the evening he sits in our garden and he feels close to God. We prayed together and later we gave him $2 to buy some hot dogs but before he went to get some food he helped us for about an hour watering the plants.
We need compassionate people who care about Baltimore and want to see a transformation to come out this weekend to volunteer some of their time. Churches from as far as New Castle, PA are coming to evangelise in Baltimore and need all Christians in the area to unite with us to preach the Gospel and help those in need.
Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples of all nations, but are we even making disciples in our neighborhoods? We need churches to unite as The Hope Movement to pray with people, preach the Gospel, lead Bible studies, counsel, feed the hungry, share love with the community, and continue the work in transforming a vacant lot at 2324 E. North Ave. Baltimore, MD 21213 into a Haven of Hope Community Garden (As seen on WBAL TV).
On April 8, 2017 group of volunteers worked at our transformed vacant lot on North Ave. in Baltimore City which is now the Haven of Hope Community Garden. We put up a small banner in the front of the garden which says "Need Prayer" and a Bible verse from Romans. As we were working in the garden people began to come to us seeking prayer not for things but for a change in their life. One lady came running up to us and asked where was the sign about Grace. I had just moved the sign to the side and she said I have been clean for 5 months and everytime I walk past this Garden I look at that sign and it reminds me of God's grace and my need to change. The sign says Grace is not an excuse to remain in your sin but a reason to love him more fully. The gospel was preached as many came seeking prayer and seeds were planted. To God be the glory.
On February 4th people from various churches united as The Hope Movement to continue the work in transforming an abandoned lot on North Ave. into a Haven of Hope Community Garden, but part of that work of love is to not only plant seeds in soil but in hearts. With that in mind we set up a tent with a sign saying "Need Prayer" and the people came and asked for prayer, we preached the Gospel worshiped God and provided nearly over 80 meals and coffee to those in need.