The door is always open to the Chaplain’s office at The Ottawa Mission. Some people drop in daily to see a friendly face and others come in looking for guidance in a time of crisis. As well, an average of 35 people attend the small Chapel Service held daily at The Mission.
Many of the people who turn to The Ottawa Mission for help have experienced rejection, major disappointments, or have survived a personal tragedy. The Mission provides much-needed spiritual support to help these people along their life journey.
The Chaplain leads daily chapel services and provides personal support to people in the shelter and others living in the community who seek help in coping with the stresses and pressures of everyday life. The Chaplaincy team also provides spiritual guidance to people dealing with addictions and to those living out their final days in The Ottawa Mission’s Hospice.
The success of our programs is reflected in the success of those we serve.
Just ask Paul.
When Paul arrived at The Ottawa Mission he was homeless and suffering from mental and physical issues. At first he spoke to no one, and refused the offer of a bed. Instead he slept in a chair in the lobby. Eventually, Paul began to talk to our chaplain and one of our case managers, and with their help he began to feel comfortable sleeping in a bed at night. They also encouraged him to seek medical help. Paul has since gained strength and confidence, and he is now living in his own apartment. Paul still visits us almost every day to attend chapel service where he raises his voice in joyful song.
May 2016 Prayer Calendar
The Chaplaincy department recognizes the power of prayer in support of our work and ministry. We have created the following prayer calendar to remind us of our prayer concerns for the Month of May.
1.) Pray against the spirit of fear and failure that grip so many of our clients and neighbour. Pray that faith would replace fear, and hope would replace failure.
2.) Pray for all the staff at the Ottawa Mission, its various program staff and the staff at the Mission Foundation. Pray that we would grow in our faith in God as they seek to minister to the people who God brings our way.
3.) Pray for all the clients who will be accessing our various services and programs in the coming month. Pray that they would sense the Spirit of God here at the Mission and be positively impacted by it.
4.) Pray for the men and women in The Ottawa Mission Hospice; that they would come to know God’s peace, love, hope and joy as they face the reality of their impending death.
5.) Pray for humility for the staff and the clients as fear can so often inflame egos and lead to violence. Help all of us more deeply know God’s presence so we can be instruments of God’s peace.