The Open Door ministry in Ramona was founded in approximately 1993 by Bob Denny and others.
Their goal was to share the love of Jesus and provide a weekly nutritious hot meal to needy Ramonans. They soon realized that the need was greater than could be met with a weekly meal. So they established In His Steps Recovery Homes to provide a residential program that could better serve those with greater spiritual and physical needs. Some of those early residents, who are now committed followers of Christ, are still involved in supporting the Open Door Ministry.
Since October, 2008 the Ramona Grange on 7th street north of Main has been the home of Open Door. Free meals are served every Monday from 6-7 P.M., followed by a Bible Study.
Food is prepared and served by many different churches throughout Ramona. Currently Spirit of Joy serves one Monday every three months. This responsibility rotates between Spirits of Grace, Men's Fellowship, and the Youth Group.
In Matthew 25:34-35 Jesus said, "Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in."
When you help serve a meal at Open Door you'll realize that this ministry meets a valuable need in our community. This is a wonderful opportunity to also serve the King in a meaningful way.
Our next serving opportunity is just around the corner. Watch the Kiosk for a signup and get in on the action.
“Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.””