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I'm not sure how many still come to this website. But I have recently added Under the Overpass Devotional to my daily routine. It really is unlike most devotionals. Some of the "to do" items are easy since I already work with homeless women and children but it does push me to a new level of caring. I heard Mike speak at the AGRM confernence a few months ago and he was definately right on.

It is definately time to reach out to this hurting population and take a little time to come and know these men and women. I know that it can be scarey. Some of my newest best friends at the Rescue Shelter could be dead ringers for Charles Manson and other horror movie characters. But the reality is that these men and women have incredible stories, have survived more trauma and/or have overcome more in the past few months than most of your church have experienced in a life time. Most will tell you like it really is and are done with normal church games. Rise up to Mike's challange and get to know and experience the lives of the homeless.

Posted: 2008-08-17 14:12:07

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I just came to the website because I was given the book to read by one of our volunteers at our food pantry. My husband and I have been directors now for almost 5 years and established the pantry after having ministered at the county jail for about 12 years. We are in our senior years and are so embarrassed that it took us all these years to reach out. I started to say our lives haven't been easy but that seemed like such a lie after reading this book. God has blessed us in so many ways and continues to do so through the ministry he has given us. We are praying now about starting a home for troubled women in our area and this book has again encouraged me to step out in faith and see my awesome God work!

Posted: 2008-09-20 11:29:46

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I have been doing jail ministry to women in our county jail for a year now. I am amazed at the talent, the depth, and the brokenness of these women! I have learned a lot, and I have a lot more to learn. I don't know where God is taking me in all this, but it is definitely an adventure. My husband is totally baffled by all this. ;o)

What I love is getting to know these ladies on a personal level. When I do a church service at the jail, those who want to come will show up, and they are given a chance to sign up for a one-on-one visit, and that is what I really love. When I get the first few perfunctory questions out of the way and ask them to tell me a little about what their life looked like when they were growing up, I am just shocked at the impossible circumstances that they have been dealt, and how they can still keep their humanity and sanity intact. God called me into this ministry and told me to go into that jail and get the ones who belonged to Him, so I am just looking for the ones who truly want to be helped to overcome the tragedies they are living. Most of them revert back when they are released, but I am slowly working on giving them other options. There just is precious little for these women to do other than going to back to the only life they know -- prostituting, drug dealing, burglary.

I am glad Mike and Sam took this journey onto the streets. It helped me see a little more clearly what life is like for many I have met at the jail.

Posted: 2008-10-11 17:12:13

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