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taracia

Member Since:
2005-11-21

I'm a youth minister in northern michigan. Ours is a small town, but the plight of homelessness is very real nonetheless. The main difference is that they are far less visible, and are rarely seen panhandling....which begs the question, how then do they survive?

But what I mainly want to say is that I hope Under the Overpass gains in circulation! I believe it is a must read for all Christain high school/college students! Though non-Christians would benefit as well, it is certainly an accounting of what the church is doing right and not doing at all in many places. It truly challenges us to ask, "Are we doing enough?"

I would like to see our church, which prides itself on being a downtown church, at the very least provide a warm place to sit and have a cup of coffee (warmth is more of an issue in our neck of the woods than getting out of the heat) out of the brutalizing weather. How little that would cost. Pray that i can convince others of the need and at least make the offer, even if people would rarely show up. Our shelters are closed from 8 am-5 pm, and there are very few places for people to go.

I hope to get copies of the book to several of my students as well as my youth ministry colleagues. Its about time our eyes remain open and we as a church remain true to Jesus exhortation recorded in Matthew, and quoted from Hosea 6:6 -"I desire compassion not sacrifice, declares the Lord".

Thanks to Mark and Sam for your lack of bitterness towards the neglect of the church. Mark you wrote with great restraint and compassion regarding both the people you met on the street as well as those you met in the Church. Blessings to you both!
~tracy

Posted: 2005-11-21 10:18:00
ishepherdu

Member Since:
2005-11-21

Yes, I found and read the book over the weekend and I was surprised that they didn't devote more to "preaching the Gospel" to the homeless. Very little was written about this and I seem to think that they lacked a "real purpose and vision for the homeless. However, they did play their guitars in the streets in worship to the Lord, so that may have been their only blessing and they could have "interveined and defended" the man who was brutally gang-beaten in Golden Gate Park. to just watch and then get up and leave was poor insight on their part. I think they learned what it is like to live as a homeless man. I have been homeless more than 1/3rd of my adult life so I know firsthand what it is like to share the plight of the downtrodden. Farewell God be Blessed,

Ishepherdu

Posted: 2005-11-21 16:50:00
 




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