Shelter guests find warmth and communion in the shadow of Elim Church and Strong Tower Parish

We are pleased to share a guest post from Elim Church’s Pastor Becky Hanson. Elim Church and Strong Tower Parish graciously host the homeless shelters…

For 136 years Elim Church and Strong Tower Parish have cast deep shadows upon the sidewalks and people on 13th Avenue in NE Minneapolis and continue to do so as shelters for those without homes. Every night  up to 40 women journey to Elim and 45 men to Strong Tower to enjoy the comforts of home that many of us take for granted: a warm meal, a shower and fresh clothing, a safe place to lay down to sleep. These people simply seek warmth, protection…normalcy.

As Christ journeyed to the cross during Holy Week, Psalm 91 reminds people of faith of that very protection: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty”.  That word shadow in the Hebrew indicates a place of care and protection.  In our culture many homeless feel marginalized, ignored and feel forgotten, and yet the Bible reminds us that  anyone who abides in God will find rest in the protection and care of the Lord’s shadow.

On Maundy Thursday Elim provided for an individual’s tangible needs as well as spiritual ones.As people stood in the shadow of the cross and the church, communion elements were distributed freely to draw together the rich and the poor, those with homes and those without…all who expressed need of the Savior’s protection and care.

Published by Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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