couple finds time for compassion ministry
couple with an already full schedule is taking time
to minister in practical ways to show God’s
2002, Palatka-area residents Steve and Deena Rose
have organized ministry teams that have held cookouts
and clean-up days in various Putnam County neighborhoods,
given free clothing to the needy and provided transportation
to the elderly and shut-ins for doctor’s appointments
and grocery trips.
their Christ Centered Home, the pair, who started
the ministry through First Assembly of Palatka, also
counsel couples, teenagers and singles, and provide
financial advice to families. Palatka is located 60
miles south of Jacksonville.
dedication is amazing, considering their busy life.
Steve has been a sheriff’s lieutenant for three
years and full-time college student. Deena is a stay-at-home
mom caring for their daughter, Kristen, 6, and son,
Steve, 4, while taking Global University courses.
She also writes a weekly e-newsletter called “Treasures
From the Word,” in which she teaches from the
35, attributes the effective time management to God’s
grace. “Our kids go with us everywhere when
we’re ministering, except counseling,”
interdenominational ministry, which is patterned after
the Los Angeles Dream Center, “adopts”
a community, including mobile home parks. Their team
of 13 believers, who are part of various churches
in Palatka, visits every house in the neighborhood,
bringing residents a gift such as a fruit basket.
don’t preach to them, unless they have a prayer
need,” Steve explains. “Over the next
few months, we try to build relationships with them.”
At the end of six months, the ministry sponsors a
block party that includes a cookout plus distribution
of Christian literature, Bibles, clothing and toys.
33, says it’s not a typical gospel outreach.
done door-to-door evangelism, but this is different,”
says Deena, whose father is an A/G minister. “We
love people and hate to see them go to hell. That’s
what drives us. Christ went to the downtrodden and
down and out.”
senior pastor of 250-member First Assembly, is delighted
with the compassion outreach. “They’ve
really poured a lot of sweat and blood into their
ministry to try to go beyond the church walls,”
Stackpole, 34, says.