"...whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." - John 4:14 KJV
Living Water of Washington DC is devoted to seeing lives changed by the power of the Holy Spirit through love and the proclamation of the Good News of the free gift of salvation and eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord, ultimately to bring glory to God, which is the chief end of all humankind. LWWDC prayerfully fulfills its purpose through various outreach ministries, most of which serve the homeless population in accordance with Jesus' teaching to invite "the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind" (Luke 14:13) to the Great Banquet in Heaven.
LWWDC believes that Christians have been called to meet the homeless where they are, particularly in our nation's inner cities, and to preach Christ's Gospel of renewal and salvation. Moreover, LWWDC knows that sharing God and His precepts with the homeless is the most effective path to profoundly changing their lives. By doing this, we witness to the homeless of the free gift of eternal salvation that is found in none other than Christ Jesus, while fulfilling the second of the two greatest commandments, which is to love one's neighbor as one's self. Many of the homeless claim to know the Lord. But because of want of hope, discipline, or help, they struggle on the streets. It is estimated that in the United States each night over three-quarters of a million people are without a home. In Washington DC, the number of homeless is estimated to be 9000 to 13,000.
Nationwide, thousands of organizations aimed at helping the homeless offer a variety of goods and services: food, shelter, medical care, drug rehabilitation, and even job training. Many of these organizations are located in Washington, DC. While these organizations are surely driven by compassion for the homeless population, LWWDC believes that, in general, they only provide for the immediate physical needs of individuals, instead of addressing their eternal spiritual needs and the root causes of troubles that afflict them. LWWDC believes that the training of the homeless in the construction trades, with a firm foundation in the eternal Truth, will help the homeless into careers through which they can permanently escape poverty, physical and spiritual.
LWWDC believes that in Jeremiah 2:13 the Bible sums up the difference between our approach to rehabilitation from that of many secular organizations: "They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns -- broken cisterns that can hold no water" (NKJV). We seek nourishment and sustenance in our work for the homeless from God's "cistern", from which comes the living water that leads to productivity and fruit in this life as well as salvation for the everlasting life to come, rather than from the man-made cisterns of the world that cannot hold such water.
The Bible says that if anyone will not work, then let him not eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10). The Bible also says that if a person does not provide for his family, he has disowned the faith and is worse than an unbeliever (1 Timothy 5:8). The homeless ministry of LWWDC is committed to making men into disciples of Jesus Christ in addition to providing them with the knowledge and training for them to earn a living for themselves and their families. We are dedicated to providing programs that incorporate on-the-job training, classroom training, and mentoring, whereby individuals can obtain the necessary vocational and spiritual foundation for, God willing, significant positive change in their lives. LWWDC is committed to doing what it can to ensure that all people, particularly the indigent, fulfill the purpose for which they were created, namely, to glorify God through service, fruit, and worship.
"Then the King will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to Me.'"
- Matthew 25:34-40 RSV
Our volunteers go out regularly on Sunday afternoons to McPherson Square in NW Washington DC and offer hot meals and clothes to the homeless population there. There are routinely over one hundred homeless individuals who gather there in need of food and clothing. In addition to providing these necessities, with God's continued provision and direction we preach His Word to those there assembled. By sharing the Good News of the Gospel, we invite the homeless into the Body of Christ and into eternal life with their heavenly Father. We pray for them and ask God for His blessing. We pray for their eternal salvation, for their overcoming of addictions, for healing, and for earthly needs to be met by God's grace in their lives.
The Lord has permanently changed the lives of many persons whom He has touched through us. The Almighty God has heard their prayers as well as ours, and has provided for them food, clothing, shelter, and employment. We share with them the Good News that they are loved, and that it is the Lord who provides for them. They have turned their hearts to God, and have seen His power working in their own lives.
"Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet."
- Matthew 22:9 NRSV
We share the Good News of salvation in Christ Jesus with all who will listen. In Matthew 22, Jesus tells a parable that is commonly referred to as "The Parable of the Wedding Feast". In it, Jesus describes a king who, three times, sends out his servants to invite guests to the feast of the wedding of his son. But each time, invitees refuse to come. So the king then tells his servants to go out to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone they can find. The servants do so, and the wedding hall is filled with guests. The wedding feast represents the union of Christ and His Bride the Church in Heaven, but the reference to the street corners in the parable is exactly as described: the Lord invites everyone to attend His feast, even if they are called at ordinary street corners.
People now more than ever are growing up without having God's Truth explained to them. For example, many of our schools discourage open and honest discussion of God, let alone freedom to worship Him. But our Lord gave us clearly our great commission:
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world."
- Matthew 28:19-20 KJV
We want to share the Gospel with all nations, beginning in our own backyard. Our pastors preach the Gospel at McPherson Square in Washington DC every Sunday as part of our regular ministry and evangelism to the homeless.
If you plan on being a volunteer, or would like more details about our regular Homeless Outreach, including directions to McPherson Square in Washington DC, click here. There are also many other ways that you can help in this important effort. Reach us to learn how. Or make a tax-deductible donation to this important cause. Read highlights from the journal of our Street Homeless Ministry here: The Living Water Minute.
Our ministry is volunteer-based. Primary sources of volunteers include local churches and other faith-based organizations. Sermons are Christ-centered and make use of apologetics when helpful to address intellectual obstacles to accepting Christ. By volunteering or making a donation to LWWDC, you will help to equip us to cast God's Light into areas where His Light is most needed. He transforms the lives of those who accept Him and His Word.
LWWDC is a nonprofit organization funded primarily through private donations from individuals. Donations are used to purchase food, utensils, clothing, Bibles, Christian tracts, and, eventually, to start and operate the Construction Training Ministry and other ministries of LWWDC. The food, clothing, Bibles, and tracts are distributed by our volunteers, who also impart God's Message to recipients. Together, your donations and our volunteers reveal to the homeless the love and grace of the Good Shepherd who faithfully feeds and cares for His flock. If you live in the Washington DC area, you can volunteer for our Homeless Ministry. You can also make a donation to our ministry even if you do not live in the Washington DC area.
"God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them."
- Hebrews 6:10 NIV