This month, I’m excited to feature a ministry that we have personally supported for 14 years, Blood-N-Fire San Antonio. My friends, Mark and Susie Roye, started this ministry in downtown San Antonio in 1998. I go wayyyyy back with Mark and Susie.
Blood-N-Fire (BNF, for short) started in an old warehouse and organized volunteers into teams to walk the neighborhood block by block to get to know the people who lived in the not-so-glamorous area of downtown San Antonio, literally a five-minute drive from the tourist mecca of the River Walk. They began with block parties, food giveaways, summer activities for the children, and helping with home repairs. Just whatever needed to be done. What they do hasn’t changed much, but their outreach has expanded beyond a few blocks to include two renovated homes that house their offices, a playground, basketball court, outdoor seating, and housing for volunteers. They work with area churches to sponsor monthly grocery giveaways and community parties with free food (200 lbs of meat and fixins’), organize an annual back-to-school shoe giveaway (about 400 pairs of shoes were distributed in August), and host summer youth mission teams. The teams paint homes, clean yards, clean the streets, construct wheelchair ramps for the elderly people in the neighborhood, repair rickety porches, and anything else you can think of! They also host an after school program, that includes tutoring, and mentoring for area kids, encouraging them to work hard, stay in school, and be responsible.
They love these people, and the people love them right back. In the beginning, the leaders of the ministry were mostly from area churches, but now many members of the BnF community have come full circle and now serve on the leadership team. As Mark says, they give the people a “hand-up” not a “hand-out”. Their desire is to help people see themselves as God sees them, worthy of love and capable of being successful.
Please consider donating to BNF. Even a little makes a big difference in a ministry that is so hands-on in a community.
P.S. Mark also arranges international mission trips. He’s been to Africa several times to help build facilities for orphanages, and he recently returned from Cambodia where he took a team to build a large playground and sports fields for a human trafficking safe house. For more information, contact BNF directly.