Pastor holds worship service outdoors all throughout May month

caines | 5/2/2013, 5:30 a.m.

Lord Jesus, you said in your word, if I confess from my mouth that God was raised. Lord I shall be saved. Now, I come to you as I am. Lord, wash me, purge me, create in me a clean heart. With their hands raised and in sincerity, more than 30 people who lived near 18th Avenue and 68th Street in Liberty City, declared that they were saved at this years Easter Sunday. Those who were standing at the altar werent your normal churchgoers, but they all willingly surrendered their lives to Jesus. It was Pastor Rosemarie Rose Rogers of Charity Restoration Outreach Ministries, Inc., who was shepherding them. Just as she has held worship services outside on 18th Avenue in the past, Rogers will conduct all of the churchs Sunday worship services there during the month of May. She said the churchs mission is to reach out to the lost, at any cost, and bring them from a place of defeat to a place of success. Rogers said she feels compelled and inspired to help the homeless because she was homeless twice. Now, when I see somebody who is homeless, I think, that was me, she said. Rogers and her eight children, three of whom are adopted, lived in the warehouse where she once rendered church services during that time. According to Rogers, God revealed to her that he had hardened the hearts and others so that they didnt help her while she was going through homelessness. God put me in a predicament where I could say, if it had not been for the Lord on my side, where would I be? she said. But now she is grateful to have stability in her life. She is currently renting and is in the process of buying her home. Although Rogers admits that she likes ministering outside the church more than she likes ministering inside, she said one of the churchs goals is getting a church building. Presently, the congregation meets in a conference room of an apartment building. There are certain things that need to be done inside of a building and thats one of our weaknesses. We dont have a building to sustain all of the activities that we have. She said over those experiences of homelessness God was teaching her that the church is not the building, but rather the people. She also shared that message with the people on 18th Avenue on Easter Sunday. I want you to know today, you are the church and you represent the body of Christ, she said. In Gods body, there are many different people from all walks of life. By Malika A. Wrightmwright@miamitimesonline.com