Posted by: Lindsey Albertson | January 22, 2009

January Newsletter

I can’t believe that it is 2009! I hope that you had a great Christmas and New Years. I got to go home to North Carolina for the holidays and it was great to spend time with family and friends that I had not seen in a while. While at home, I had time to reflect and be refreshed before returning back here to Louisville.

Before I left for Christmas, I was having a hard time here at Jeff Street. I was becoming discouraged by relationships and events happening in others lives here. It seemed like one thing after another was happening. A lady that I was meeting with for Bible study-her phone was turned off and I had no way of contacting her. Another girl who I had become close with had moved away. This was discouraging because the two people that I have gotten closes with, I felt like I was losing touch with. Along with that, people who seemed to be doing well and on the right track were falling back into old habits again. In one week we had a number of people who were recovering from alcohol, relapse. Just a lot of these events happening at once caused me to ask myself-what am I doing here? Am I making a difference? And where is hope? If hope was here-it seemed to be hiding somewhere and I couldn’t see it.

While at home, I had a chance to get away and spend time with God and think about all of the things that I was experiencing physically, emotionally, and spiritually. God has reminded me and opened my eyes to the reality of sin and the fact that we live in a fallen world. Even when we seem to have conquered sinful patterns in our lives, we are still fully capable of falling back again. You are, I am, we all are. 1 John 1:8 says, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” Sin is something we will all struggle with until the day we die. I am seeing this not only in the disappointments of folks here but in my own life. God is humbling me and revealing sin in my own life in ways that I have not experienced before. I am also experiencing the grace that comes from surrendering those things that I struggle with to God. Romans 3:23-24 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Thank God that I am not saved by the things I do but through his grace.

Another thing that I have begun to realize and understand is that I don’t have what it takes to love people on my own. Believe me, I have tried. I have tried having patience, understanding and loving people on my own strength and I absolutely cannot do it. My eyes have been opened to the fact that I need God so desperately in doing what I am doing here at Jeff Street. And not only here at Jeff Street, I need him in my life because I am a mess. I am broken and sinful. My sin gets in the way of loving people. I become selfish, I judge others, I grow impatient and I get lazy. You would think that I would have recognized these things from the beginning, but no, my pride has gotten in the way and I think I need to do things on my own. And I’m sure that I will need to be reminded of this again, maybe even daily.

Through all of this I am being reminded of why I am here working at Jeff Street. Jesus tells Paul in Acts 26:17-18, “…I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” God has called me here to use me to open the eyes of those who do not know him. I am trusting that God is using me, even if I don’t always see it.

Please continue to pray for the homeless and the HOPE Team here in Louisville. I have enclosed a prayer card and ask that you stick it on your refrigerator or wherever you are likely to see it to be reminded to pray for us. Your prayers are definitely needed and appreciated. Thank you so much for your love and support.

Lindsey Albertson

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