A New Beginning
DALLAS – “CSOM” is the acronym for the Community Services Outreach Ministry of Living Waters Worship Center of Seventh-day Adventists in Dallas, Tex. This ministry strives to truly live out the admonition of Isaiah 58:7, “Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”
Every Sunday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., church members are at Living Waters serving their community by giving away clothes, shoes, coats, diapers, blankets and snack bags, as well as ministering to those who are less fortunate. On the third Sunday of every month there is a big clothing distribution.
On Nov. 17, 2019, CSOM incorporated a new addition: free hot dogs, chips and water, calling it an “Explosive Sunday Giveaway.” This event and the new meal addition took them to another level. The aroma of hot dogs and onions drew many more people to their location.
The ministry blesses many people with their “Gift of Hope” care packages. These packages contain toiletries, hand sanitizer, deodorant, socks, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, mouthwash and more.
The small group of dedicated CSOM members believe they have been called by God to the ministry of serving others. Their mission is to offer the Word of God and to assist families in developing a new beginning—spiritually, physically and emotionally.
By Tommie Martin