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I just finished reading the book, and I've got to say: It's great. I first heard of Mike at YC Newfoundland 2006 in October, where he was a guest speaker. Needless to say, he was very easy to listen to, and he kept everyone's attention for the whole message.

Anywho, I stopped by downtown St. John's yesterday, and I seen a few homeless people down there. I didn't feel comfortable with giving money (since it could easily be used for drugs), and I wasn't real open to taking strangers to lunch all by myself. Also, since I'm new to the city, I don't have any close Christian friends that I can invite for a trip to the streets, so it's a bit hard to just go down and start helping out...

My question is: What can I do? Would it be alright to throw in like $10 gift certificates for Subway to some panhandlers (which would cover pretty much any 6-inch sub with cookies/chips and a drink)? Or, should I sit down with a panhandler until they finish and take them to dinner? I want to be a bit cautious, though... While visiting the streets yesterday, a well-kept man came up to me and said "Hello, did you have a good New Years? I haven't eaten in 4 days...", but I felt like he was lying... It's a bit hard to tell if someone just wants food so they can spend their welfare cheques on drugs, but how do I tell? I also do not believe the guy that asked me for a meal was homeless, since he looked so well kept... clean shaven, not-so-raggy clothes... Compared to the other 2 homeless people I seen that day, he was the best-looking one.

Thanks for any help you guys can provide!


Posted: 2007-01-07 06:34:00

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