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Category: Testimonies
Topic: I was there.

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Just wanted to let you know that I heard your radio interview on Focus on the Family. I thought your story sounded very familiar to some guys that I ran across a couple of summers ago in D.C., so I ordered your book and read it in a day. Sure enough, I was the guy that Sam ran into at Union Station that told him about our church handing out sack lunches at a local mission later that day. I also was the one walking around telling people to "take two because we had made too many." I am involved in youth ministry and am convinced that if we can get them started being aware and serving at an early age, hopefully it will carry on throughout their lives. I had all but forgotten about our incounter until I read the book. I asked at the time what you guys were doing and all you were able to tell me was "traveling." How amazing it is to read the rest of the story. Thanks for giving a glimpse into the lives of those who are homeless in America. I'm convicted more than ever that I can be doing more individually and we can be doing more as the church. More than anything, I'm encouraged by your willingness to walk with the Lord regardless of where He's calling you to go. I hope you'll write more in the future and I'd love to see Sam put out a book too. Thanks for your encouraging obedience!

Posted: 2005-07-20 10:45:00

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I was not able to start a new topic, so I thought I'd just add some of what I was thinking to this.

I have read the book, and I was glad to see others out there who are willing to really step out there and go deep for God.

I am part of a small Christian community, and we have developed a practice over the years called "Faith outreaches." On these outreaches, which are usually a week or more at a time, we do not take any money with us, we leave our vehicles behind (we preach full time, so many of us live in RV's in order to go further afield) and only bring (typically) a Bible, a notepad (to journal on) and that's pretty much it.

We then spend our days looking for ways that we can show God's love to others, and sometimes we just strike up conversations with passerby's, and see what developes.

We have found these experiences to really bring our faith alive in a number of ways. It enables us to more deeply experience what it means to be without; to be homeless. So it develops empathy that might otherwise be hard to muster.

It also teaches us to be content with food and clothing, whereas most of our 1st world (and sadly, most of our churches) have really forgotten that we are to follow a Saviour who had no where to lay His head, and died with no possessions.

I just wanted to see if others out there were interested in trying more of these faith outreaches. Look forward to others thoughts.

Posted: 2008-04-11 15:49:32

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I would love to learn more about your faith outreaches. I just graduated from a Bible college and we take students every summer to do outreaches internationally and also in the states. Please give me more info!

Posted: 2008-12-19 01:47:25

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dear mike thank you!!! i am 46 years old and lived in the streets since the ripe ol' age of 14 yrs old and i have recently like two yrs ago became sober. i have always listened to that voice inside meand it has always sustained me that voice was the holy spirit guiding me and keeping me. iknew that then but i know that even more now.as i read ur book i was so pleased to see that someone was looking into this. you see in the streets you have nothing are nothing so all you can do is hope and pray for a brighter tmrw and know that the father has a pkan and a future for you... thats what i did i guess i would call my story UNDER THE STREETLAMP..cuz that was where i did all my praying that the Father would rescue me from my adiction and prostitution. alll i knew was that i had to wait upon the lord and thats what i did wait and wait and finally he told me one night after three days of hard use i had a dream that told me to leave town the minute i woke up i listened and have now been sober for almost two years.... as i read your book i was like this guy is living and writing about my life i couldnt believe it i could feel all the old feelings again everything is in the Fathers time even me reading this book at this time in my life ALL i could hear in my head was didnt i tell that i would always sustain you because i knew you bfore you were even born i know the number of hairs on your head i have ordained your footsteps thank you mr yankoski for telling that my Father loves i needed to hear that and through your book i did sincerly and with Gods love, lucy smith

Posted: 2013-02-17 00:27:15

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