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Topic: Everyone can make a difference ___ 2 Tim 1:7



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Do_It_for_Jesus

Member Since:
2005-11-15

Hi Mike,

It was so good to meet you in person when you were in Longmont, CO on November 17th. I am truely inspired by your willingness and courage to become homeless and to document the reality of being homeless. I really enjoyed your book and share in your passion to raise awareness in the faith community and help the homeless. I hope that anyone wanting to know more about the homeless buys your book and reads it.

My friends from church and I volunteer for an organization called Boulder County Cares- BCC (www.bouldercountycares.org). This non profit organization provides life sustaning supplies for the unsheltered homeless. Nightly, volunteers search areas all over the city of Boulder and outlying areas frequented by the homeless to make sure they are supplied with donated hot food, winter clothing, blankets, sleeping bags, etc. I think my fellow volunteers will agree that the work has changed all of our lives and the way we look at people in need and our own blessings. I am so thankful that this organization exists to aid the unsheltered homeless. I hope that counties all around the country will consider establishing similar relief programs for the homeless.

There are so many nights that I wonder what would happened to the homeless if relief organizations did not exist. Who would have helped? What would have happened to a homeless man without a coat or a blanket? What about the lone woman fleeing domestic violence wearing only what she could escape in? Who knows about the addicted man who just passed out in the snow in a vacant lot, unaware of the danger he is in? I don't think that there is a Christian in the country who would turn away someone in need - they just have to recognize the need (i.e. a broken sandal...) and be assertive enough to help. So how can Christians get more involved to take part in their community to "love these neighbors" too? You book gives great ideas!!! These people are all around us, but we just won't see them until we start looking for them...just as you eluded to in your book.

One night we picked up a lone homeless woman standing on the doorstep of a church seeking aid. She has just arrived in town. We transported her to the homeless shelter. It's like you said in your book - the church's doors were locked, but the liquor store down the street was still open...It's a problem that might be easily solved by all churches by creating an 24 hr emergency aid ministry and placing an emergency assistance sign posted near the entrance of the church. "Please call this phone number 555-5555 if you need immediate and urgent aid from our Church and someone will come to assist you." How hard could it be for a large church to gather enough volunteers so that for one night a month someone can be on call to help someone in distress?

While on patrol with BCC, we are constantly overwhelmed by the need that is out there. We encounter from 10 to 40 people a night. It

Posted: 2005-12-07 23:47:00
 




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