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Monday, May 26, 2008

A Cry for the Homeless!

We were watching the local news today and saw a dead, homeless man. He had been hit by a car and was lying in a gutter as the rain fell and washed over him, running down the gutter. This happened in front of a bus stop and people were just lined up waiting for the bus like nothing had happened. The newscaster said that he was unknown and without identification papers.

Scenes like this are not that uncommon in our city. We were walking by the same area last year and we walked past another dead, homeless man lying on the sidewalk. People were ignoring the body as if it were another piece of trash.

I often teach at the homeless center run by Cornerstone church. I have friends who are/where homeless. They are wonderful guys. My heart cries for this unknown homeless man who could have been my friend, if only we had reached him. We need a larger facility for the homeless. We could easily use a facility that houses 50 or more people. Karen and I drive by older apartment buildings every day and we often comment, "wouldn't that make a great center for the homeless?" Nothing is impossible with God. If we had the funding we would purchase a place and expand this ministry.

So, will you pray with us? Pray for the expansion of the ministry to the homeless. Pray for the needed finances. Pray for the workers and pray that we will be a compassionate person, not turning a blind eye to the homeless among us. Seeing a dead man laying in a gutter is a sad thing It breaks our hearts and it certainly must break the Lord's heart.
Isa 58:5-8
Will you call this a fast, even an acceptable day to the LORD?
6 "Is this not the fast which I choose,
To loosen the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the bands of the yoke,
And to let the oppressed go free,
And break every yoke?
7 "Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry,
And bring the homeless poor into the house;
When you see the naked, to cover him;
And not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
8 "Then your light will break out like the dawn,
And your recovery will speedily spring forth;
And your righteousness will go before you;
The glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

Some of our friends at the Center for the Homeless.

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