Serving Our ‘Gate Guests’

Posted by Spalding Hurst

March 19, 2024

At the SCN Center Belize, a less highlighted yet significant ministry involves the feeding of “gate guests” – individuals facing homelessness or difficulty securing meals. This daily commitment to prepare meals spans from Sunday to Sunday, requiring collective effort. Sister Carlette initiates the process by baking fresh bread and sweet treats. Both Sister Carlette and Sister Kerry (an SCH) prepare various sandwiches throughout the week, which are packed with a powder bun (a Belizean cookie) or banana muffin, accompanied by a bottled drink. Sister Kerry also engages with these individuals, sharing stories and updates.

On special occasions like Christmas, a traditional dinner is served. Birthdays are acknowledged with homemade cakes, as reminded by the guests. Some will start reminding the Sisters from a month before that their birthday is coming up. This practice, established years ago, stems from a deliberate choice by the sisters not to label these individuals as homeless, instead welcoming them as “gate guests.”

8 Comments

  1. Eugenie Coakley, scna

    This is such a beautiful ministry! Truly at the heart of charity=love!

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  2. Linda Soltis, SCN

    You are truly following the footsteps of Catherine and St. Vincent in the “Gate ministry.”

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  3. Ann Palatty

    How great to treat every homeless person as a special guest. Quite inspiring.

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  4. rita puthenkalam

    What a beautiful way of greeting and welcoming the ‘gate guests’. May you be blessed for being there for them.

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  5. Bev Hoffman, SCN

    I remember our gate guests also! Such a rich ministry of presence. Thank you for your continued service to those who are often ignored, avoided or dismissed.

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  6. Maggie Cooper

    Wow! How well I remember our gate guests! We took turns being the person at the gate. It was a special occasion for them and us. We had some very special friends after after a little while!
    So glad to hear the story continues!
    Love and blessings!

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    • Brenda Gonzales

      How I remember the gate guests too. Thanks for being present to them when others cast them off. Bless you.

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  7. Maria Brocato

    How p wonderful and special is this “gate guest ministry”!Bless you for your faithfulness to it.

    Reply

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