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Hi Mike,

Your book was not only challenge, but has been a part of the process that God is doing to shape my heart and life to help others-- particularly the homeless.
After I read your book, I wanted so much to go into DC and live a homeless life style for a period of time to see what more I could learn. I told my mom this (who is also a huge fan of your book) and said that she thinks it would be too dangerous for a girl to go out, even if she took a guy with her.
What do you think? Is it ok for a girl to try what you and Sam did? You learned so much and changed so much. It was dangerous, but it was right. Is it ok for girls to since the benefit can be so great?

Posted: 2006-07-03 14:19:00

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From what are church does, we go every saturday downtown and deliver sack lunches. both guys and gals go. When we do split up into smaller groups there are always guys with the girls. Its for protection and my suggestion is to have a boyfriend or a trusted guy friend go with ya.

Posted: 2006-07-16 21:43:00

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I have the same thoughts running through my head that you do! As a girl this book really touched my life, but I wonder what it would be like if I took it to the next level. The streets can be dangerous (depending on where you live) and I think if we tried to make it on the streets we would face a lot more challenges than the guys did. If you decide to do it please stay in touch because I would love to know about your experience. Be safe though and make sure you have a guy in tow at all times.

Posted: 2006-10-03 20:17:00

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I'm female... also wanting to do the same thing... but, right now I'm just gonna go down to the river and feed them.

I want more input on if women should or should not do this.

the daughter of the KING!

Posted: 2006-10-15 21:02:00

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yeah I think I get what you girls are saying....it's such an amazing thing to live on the edge........but I think it IS different....just b/c we are female........ya know? and all the things that can happen.....I'd bring a friends I guess....if you really wanted to live on the streets.......but a girl and a guy maybe....i dunno....but i do think it's alot more dangerous for a girl.

Posted: 2006-10-22 14:57:00
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yea i think a girl could do this because it dosen't matter if your a male or a female becuase my whole life i've been told that we can do the same things they can do.So wouldn't that work in this case.

Posted: 2006-10-25 07:56:00

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I'm also a girl but it's kind of obvius that a girl shouldn't go out on the streets. I meen, think about it, all the perverts and sickos on the streets. It's a scary world out there. If a girl ever does go out on the street, hide your face at night so no one recognizes you.

Posted: 2006-10-25 07:56:00

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I think that there is nothing wrong with a girl trying to do what mike and sam did. There is some disavantages but females can do almost absolutely everything a male can do. It also depends if the women can take care of herself. For example if a female gets attacked by a stronger stranger what are they going to do for help. The same thing goes for a male. I guess it really depends. So i really dont know. But if a female puts her ming to it she can achive anything she wants to.

Posted: 2006-10-25 08:03:00

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I've been thinking about doing this too!! But being a 16 year old girl with very little "worldly experience," there is no way I could do that now, what with school and such. But in the future I think that it could be a very benficial and I would love to do something like that...but it is soooooo dangerous for women. My mom was telling me about all the rapes and stuff that happen and I don't want anything like that to happen. But God was speaking to me sooooooo much through this book and really tugging on my heart. I would want to, and I think with the right safety measures and guys of course a girl could do this too. If any of ya'll do something like this or consider it more, let me know! Or at some point if you need a travel partner :)
Tia~Proverbs 3:5-6~

Posted: 2006-12-05 17:05:00

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(For the record, I'm a guy :) )

I think that girls should be able to take this experience if they wish, but they should be REALLY careful. I mean, I know girls can do anything a guy can do, but you might run into some perverts out there who might try to rape you or something... Just think about it: Nobody's going to miss one less homeless person... I mean, I wouldn't do that, but there's a lot of bad guys out there...

Mike was smart by hanging with Sam for the most part, but you also got to remember: They had their time apart as well. You can't really spend every moment with another person just so you can be safe... it'll drive you batty after a while. The question is: Can you defend yourself?

As a girl, you'd have another thing to through into the equation, too.... as a homeless person, you won't be able to buy pills (and some girls use pills to regulate themselves), and you'll have to either buy pads or make some quick ones... Either way, it's more expenses for someone who's depending on the generosity of others to survive, and the make-shift ones might not be entirely sanitary...

Personally, if I was a girl looking to take on this adventure, I'd grab a guy friend, plan at least 30 minutes apart each day, and pack enough feminine hygiene products to last me the journey (and then some). Also, I'd make sure I knew how to defend myself well, probably even take self-defense classes before I headed out to the street... but all of this takes away from the cheap way Mike and Sam got on the street (just buying a backpack and sleeping bag, and taking their guitar).

Also, for the effect of it, you should try to pick a homeless city that is not your home city... Otherwise, it'd ruin the genuine experience of being homeless, especially when someone recognizes you. It also doesn't feel really homeless if you can walk a few kilometers and be home.

If you plan on heading out to the streets, PLEASE be careful! Either than that, I'll wish you the best of luck, and I look forward to hearing about your experiences :)

Posted: 2007-01-07 06:50:00

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I have not as yet read this book but I hope to in the future. My first thought though is living on the streets for 30 days is not being homeless. I have been on the streets for over 3 years living in homeless shelters, in my car, at the VA for 3 months, sleeping in ditches, sleeping in the woods, etc. That is being homeless. It seems Mike seems doing this for 30 days constitutes homelessness; it does not.
I have no one but myself to blame for my homelessness but I have been trying for a long time to remidy the situation. Oh, I can get an apartment and tread water like everyone else but I want more. I want to be able to get to the point where I not only have a home again but am able to help people by the thousands to not only feel welcome, to have food and shelter but to know the love of God.
It amazes me how many people want to help you for a day but help for a day is not going to change the situation.
David Nielsen

Posted: 2007-01-08 09:11:00

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Hi David, welcome to the board :)

Actually, Mike and Sam were on the streets for longer than 30 days... they were on the streets for 5 months straight and in 6 different places. As for me, I literally had no homeless experiences yet...

Anywho, I see your point about how help for a day will not change the situation (my intent wasn't just to go downtown for one day and watch, but to get a feel for the reality of the situation and perhaps a greater thirst to help). But if people decide to help a homeless person on a regular basis (for example, go down once a week and give someone a meal), that should help a little... and, since we can't afford to take a homeless person out for dinner every night, it's the most financially feasible one I think we have :)

Even if we only go out for one hour and have a chat to one person, I think that the chat has the potential to be so much more productive than what you would have done instead. In fact, I believe that enough "little chats" by enough people might help someone come to know Christ. I believe it's especially helpful when the people who pay the visit don't come with the brand name of a church, but come down as people instead. And I believe that leading someone to Christ is the most important thing we can do.

Posted: 2007-01-09 18:07:00

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Yes of course we want to rush out and do what Mike and Sam did. But why? Why can't we instead do whatever it is that God is calling us to do?
I am praying for God to lead me to the journey that he wants me to take. I hope that every person: believer & non-believer, will receive the conviction of God to do His will and not their own. To serve God in a way that he determines.

Everyone has a purpose in life. A calling. Let's not take away from what these two glorious men have done. Let's add to it, by helping people in the ways we can help. Maybe some of us will be called to do the same. But let God lead you to this, don't force it. I know what happens to us when we follow our will and not his. We end up broken, and feel deserted. God will find room for us all, he will find a place for us to serve. I don't think Mike and Sam intended for all of us to go out and create more "homeless" people. I think they would like for us to find a way to serve God in our communities, with our homeless.

I am not knocking your thoughts and your opinions, I actually just finished this book and thought about packing up all my kids and living in our van, too. Giving the money we have to help shelters. But I am waiting for the Lord to speak to me. I will wait on the Lord and listen for that small voice that Elijah heard on Mount Horeb. Remember the Lord's voice was a small whisper. Let's all be quiet, praying and open to hear that whisper.

Bless all the people who have been touched by this book. I hope and pray that your fervor to do great things in the name of the Lord will last for the rest of your days. I hope that the Lord heaps blessings upon you and your ministries. I pray that you seek guidance and advisors to help you with your Christian life. In God's name I pray. Amen

Posted: 2007-01-25 09:26:00

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I would love to do this too, but without a guy...or two even I would be afraid its too dangerous.

Posted: 2007-01-31 10:15:00

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I think being a girl on the streets would be a lot more of a challenge for a girl than for a guy, BUT if that i definitely what God has called some of you to do, then He will provide what you need. I think it's obvious to use wisdom, and not go alone, but as for the rest of it, there are homeless women on the streets too, they are not all men! And if we are acting inside God's will, then He will protect us and take care of us, we have that promise from Him, not that nothing bad will happen to you, but He won't give you more than you can handle.
But I think we have to remember, reading a book about what someone else did, and doing it ourselves, is a HUGE difference. I admit after reading the book, I wanted to get out there too, but I think it's just like watching a movie, it sounds so exciting, like such a thrill, and almost...fun! But I don't think sam and mike would have called it fun! They were just doing what God called them to do.
And like someone before me noted, we need to make sure that we are doing what God wants us to do. Is living homeless what He really wants from you? Or does He want you to make a long term sacrifice to help those in need around you for the rest of your life, without judging them or looking down on them? I think that is why God had Mike write this book, to encourage us to take care of people in need, not just to become like them!

Posted: 2007-03-13 10:27:00

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to the question: should a girl do what mike and sam did? the short answer: if you have maturity in the Lord and are willing to lay down your life for the call - answer it. but weight the cost. God can and will use any vessel that He so chooses. He uses many women to do His work and did throughout scripture. study those women of God.

*********something to consider: a few weeks ago in ministry to the homeless, i walked up on a rape in progress...

the streets are tough, and spiritual warfare is real. weight the costs, my sisters, weigh them carefully. and pray. lots.

but remember this: the cost of disobedience to the Lord is heavier than the cost of being safe and comfortable.

surround yourself with wise counsel...proverbs 24:6

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