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LauraP

Member Since:
2005-06-03

I rarely finish books, however, I was literally engrossed with your story. I have always been drawn to the "underdog". Even from little on, when mom took us shopping, if I had the chance to pick out a stuffed animal, I always wanted the one with a missing eye or hole in it that nobody else would want. Way back then, God was weaving in me a gift of compassion. Throughout my young adult life, I helped out sporadically serving dinner on Thanksgiving or Christmas as the opportunity came up. More recently, for nearly two years, I have been volunteering at a men's homeless shelter cooking breakfasts on rotating Saturdays and have been blessed beyond belief every single time. For the first year, I just kept asking friends if they would please consider coming with me not only for helping to cook and serve, but for the financial aspect. Feeding 80 men out of my own pocket every time can be a bit more than a stretch. I would take 4 or 5 friends at a time and rotate them in as they were willing to come. At the time I started serving at the shelter, I had just joined a new church and even though I knew they didn't offer this type of outreach, I didn't yet feel like the Lord was leading me to barge down doors to start a formal ministry. I just kept pressing along, sometimes covering the cost with only one or two others, sometimes a few more, but I kept every committment I made. Once I had my name on the calendar, I trusted Jesus to make a way. In September of 2004 our newly formed small group was to do a community service project. Since I already had the connection at the shelter, we served breakfast. The people in my group absolutely loved it! God has provided a wonderful team who are committed to serving with me. No more begging or trying to "rally" people all the time. The most exciting part is that one of that pastors in our church came with us for the first time this morning and is so excited for the opportunity to share his experience and encourage others to participate too. In my mind, the whole process seemed to take forever, but God's timing is perfect. My hope is that if there are other people who are just now starting to look for ways to reach out, you need to take that step of faith, start small and keep pressing forward. God loves a willing heart and will use you in a mighty way.

Posted: 2005-06-04 00:32:00
kriscarlin

Member Since:
2007-11-10

Hey Mike, this is Kris from PADS in Elgin IL. I just wanted to let you know I started reading the book last night. It is GREAT! I hardly fly through a book like I have yours. I am already halfway through your Portland trip. Thank you so much for coming to visit us, and putting out such a great book. Your friend, Kris.

Posted: 2007-11-10 12:29:39
jsweetpea

Member Since:
2007-11-13

I haven't read the book yet, and I will. But I believe that I have always felt somewhat...well sad when I see a homeless person, or family. I try my best to always give something, one time I saw a homeless man on Buffalo Gap st. and I asked him if he was hungry and he said yes. I went to taco bell right around the corner and I was gone no longer than 10 min and when I got there, there was a lady there instead. I asked the lady where the gentleman went and she said that it was her corner and no man has ever been on this corner for a while. Well, needless to say I asked the lady if she was hungry and she said yes. So I gave that to her and I told the man before I left to not leave and he said he wasn't going anywhere. I believe to this day, that God had his hand in that point in my life. Of course people honked at me cause I was 'holding up the line' and I didn't care I knew he was hungry and hot and thirsty. Well I have never looked at a homeless person in shame, cause my family has been homeless only from our stupidity. 3 years ago we were homeless and we woke up to reality and now we are fine only from the blessings and mercy of our Lord. Thank you for what you do to help anyone, cause I know how they feel to feel shame when they don't need to. Thanks and God bless always.

Jaime

Posted: 2007-11-13 01:30:31
marlpt

Member Since:
2008-08-13

I just finished your book. It was compelling and I couldn't put it down. You were just at our church in San Diego this past weekend. I was totally moved by your story. Oh to love others as Jesus does and to show grace and mercy as He has so many times to me. That's the main message of your book to me. If you go to www.ptthinker.com you will be able to see a picture of me and you'll remember me and my family. My husband wasn't with me as he was sick but you met my daughter and her family. Thank you so much for coming to us and I pray that your message changes the way we look at others who are in different circumstances than ourselves.

By the way I grew up in Colorado and my sister lives in Castlerock and I have a cousin who lived in Parker for years until recently.

Your sister in Christ,

Marlene Balbach

Posted: 2008-08-13 05:05:48
jsones

Member Since:
2009-03-03

I just read your book "Under the Overpass" for our monthly book club. It was a tremendous inspiraiton to me. I have been homeless and currently I am not homeless but living in an old abandoned house belonging to a family member. After reading your book, I was thankful before to have this place to stay as I have had no water sometimes, little to no heat, but I am really thankful now that I am not on the street. One other time I stayed just briefly in a homeless mission for a day with two of my four children along with me and it was an experience I will never forget as long as I live. When I read your book I remembered how I felt again and it has made me more grateful for what I have now and for my provisions from God and for two people like you and Sam who did what you did to be able to write this book and share it with others. Until you have had a homeless situation or one very similar to what you went through, its difficult to understand what the people feel like out in the world and especially those lost on the streets of the US particularly and places anyone homeless might find themselves. I picked your book up only a couple of times and read it completely through at those times as I could not put it down. Thank you for your effort and for just doing what you did and writing what you did. Also, I did so remember those very few people who helped me without showing signs of condemnation and disgust. Thank you and thank you again, I can't say thanks enough. Sincerely, Jeanne Sones, Mishawaka, IN

Posted: 2009-03-03 13:21:02
AnnaWess

Member Since:
2009-04-23

Fantastic book! This book was recommended reading by Hope Ministries in Des Moines, IA. I go for "training" next month (May), with Hope Ministries, to go out on the streets of Des Moines to visit with the homeless and hopefully offer some hope and encouragment. Thanks for the great book!

Posted: 2009-04-23 10:32:51
Jim

Member Since:
2009-08-12

Man, what an eye-opener and challenger! I'm hoping it'll be a life-changer for me. www.christiancommentary.com, "Is God Speaking to You?"

Posted: 2009-08-12 12:40:46
pacman

Member Since:
2009-09-02

Heard about the book on "Focus on the Family." Ordered it and just finished it (9/9/09). I was greatly blessed by your experience. You have presented this 'under'world to an audience that would otherwise not know nor understand it. I grew up in a barrio in Texas with Christian parents. That kept me out of any real trouble or the life style that surrounded us daily. There the poor, underpriviledged, addicts, alcoholics and illegals did what they could to survive...including rob from us (my parents pastored a church). Never overtly, always at night or when we were away. But it was there that I learned about this part of American society that most would never have known about, were it not for your book. In my college days, we ministered to the military and street people at a place called 'Victory Servicemen's Center.' Here, I worked with many street people and was exposed to the mindset...survival. Thank you for making this 'Real World' visible to the minsters of the Gospel, i.e., all believers/followers of Jesus. God Bless, this book is a great evangelism tool which I will promote to my friends, as it teaches one how to react when crossing paths with someone homeless. Here in San Antonio, we have a great number of people who live under the overpass. And it is such a blessing to finally see, in print, someone who can substantially explain how to minister to them. God Bless.

Posted: 2009-09-02 09:32:29
pacman

Member Since:
2009-09-02

I meant I finished reading it on 9/2/09, not 9/9/09.

Posted: 2009-09-02 09:34:19
mmommo1

Member Since:
2009-11-22

i heard about your book on james dobson focus on the family ...on a sunday in august... i was in a fight with my husband again...i wasnt sure about the name of the book...i asked our bookstore keeper at our church...she knew of it and ordered it. after i got the book home i set it on the table, husband grabbed it and read it. then when he was telling me how good it was-my daughter overheard. then she read it. i just finished reading it...i savored every page......we want my boys to read it now too....

Posted: 2009-11-22 22:13:05
mmommo1

Member Since:
2009-11-22

now the HOMELESS are way more at the top of my list! and i so enjoy it...

the part in the beginning where you talked of kids being on your eye level....the only ones who would acknowledge you (homeless) wasnt that amazing...i will always make sure i acknowledge the homeless now...

Posted: 2009-11-22 22:15:17
lcshepherd

Member Since:
2010-01-03

Just finished reading Mike's book and it refueled my desire to touch the homeless with the love of Jesus. I was discouraged and wondered what the cup of coffee or sandwich was doing to bring the person closer to Christ. Now I know so much better how degrading life on the street is and how much the sandwich and coffee means. I can do it now knowing every little thing makes a difference. Thanks you Jesus for bringing us Mike and his story.

Posted: 2010-01-03 00:19:52
lcshepherd

Member Since:
2010-01-03

Oh yeah and welcome to the neighbourhood. I live at Keefer and Hawke and I'm pretty sure your within hollerin distance! Welcome to a rich mission field.

Posted: 2010-01-03 00:20:51
pneuma123

Member Since:
2010-01-15

Wow. What a book. I've been reading books for over 70 years and this is among the top 10 reads. I have did a review on our church website and hope many others will read it as well (attendance of 1000). I cried, laughed, got angry and was seriously challenged to walk ever closer to my God. Although 74 I'm back in Bible college and have let go of properties and stuff, simplfying my life and giving it all over to God. Your story is so refreshing. Thanks for the testimony. Love you two brothers. Grandpa Bob (33 times)

Posted: 2010-01-15 16:33:37
MyaO'Brien

Member Since:
2010-07-18

I just wanted to say thank for writting this book and thank you for your genuine love for Christ. It amazes me that there are still people out there that are willing to heed the call at any cost. I have always been intrigued by homeless people and the decisions that they made that brought them to that place. I have always tried to be the kind of woman that refuses to ignore the obvious no matter how uncomfortable it makes me. Sometimes it takes us being uncomfortable for God to show us where we are most needed! I know without a doubt that God has sent your book across my path to provoke me into doing what he has called me to do. Helping to create a support system for other single mother's like me! May God continue to bless you and your family!

Posted: 2010-07-18 13:38:42
Katystjohn

Member Since:
2012-11-01

I totally agree! I was very engrossed with the story and I am only 12.

Posted: 2012-11-04 00:38:36
ShannonNF

Member Since:
2013-06-04

Just read the book, was skeptical at first, since my parents (and lots of others) raised me to believe that being homeless is a choice. As a Christian I know that people's circumstances are rarely that black and white. I enjoyed the book, it opened my eyes to their circumstances and problems and mostly it showed me that I can help without waiting for some organization to make an effort. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

Posted: 2013-06-04 08:32:43
 




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