An Encouraging Word
Shining light on God’s love
Brandon Welch, Lord's Gym chaplain
Brandon Welch, Lord’s Gym chaplain has stepped into a lot of dark situations in the three years he’s been with the ministry. Brandon often sees people at rock bottom.
It’s difficult. In these situations, however, he’s always reminded that “God is there.”
“God has placed me here to allow His light to shine and encourage people,” he said.
The 40-year-old Springfield Township resident has been involved in outreach work for 15 years. He came to know Christ in May ‘98. Brandon was living a party lifestyle and felt “unfulfilled,” when a friend started talking to him about the end of times.
“My interest was piqued and I began reading the Bible and praying,” he said. “For the first time I knew what I needed to do.”
God gave Brandon the mindset of a missionary and a heart to build relationships with people and allow the Lord to work in his life to show them who HE is.
“I love seeing what He’s doing and being apart of it,” Brandon said.
It isn’t always easy. Brandon has seen men and women in the pitfall of struggles like addiction, homelessness and more. He said God has used this to give him a better understanding of who he is a part from Christ and who God really is.
“Our friends are no different than me,” he said. “We all have problems with sin and we all need mercy and grace. We all need people to believe in us. We need empowerment. When I see who I am apart from the Lord I have a clear understanding of love. Love suffers long. God is with us and loves us when we’re on the mountain top and when we’re in the lowest of lowly pits.”
Brandon said one of the things he loves most about working in ministry is that he gets to see God working in people’s lives every day, in the smallest of details, even before the big decisions are made like getting clean, getting a job, getting an apartment.
"I've learned to see Him in all of it,” he said. “That’s changed my life. It’s been a powerful journey.”