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Topic: God healed me through the homeless

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Two and a half years ago God led me to a soup kitchen in Houston, TX, in an area that used to be known as skid row. It was a damp cold Saturday in October. Before I arrived at Loaves and Fishes that morning, I was a grief stricken woman whose only desire was to lay down to sleep at night and never awaken. Leaving L&F in the early afternoon, I had become in my mind a selfish, vain woman who was so wrapped up in her own miseries that she was blind to the misery of life around her. After spending a few hours with street people who slept on concrete, most of whom had too few blankets and no coat, I was deeply ashamed to think of the many jackets and coats hanging in my closet at home.

The next day, I returned to Loaves and Fishes in a car filled with stuff. Stuff I possessed but did not use, or did not need. Coats, sweaters, shoes, blankets, and towels. As I got rid of the physical baggage of my life, the thank-you hugs I received began to melt away internal baggage.

I return to the soup kitchen, and the area around it, as often as possible, most weekends and holidays. I do not have huge financial resources, and am unable to provide many material things that could help ease the lives of my friends on the streets. What I do have is time, and love. Love for Jesus, who can and will redeem every bad situation, and love for my friends on the streets. As I love them, and share with them how much Jesus loves them, our friendships grow stronger, and more precious.

I understood early on that God was loving these dear folks through me. What took me longer to understand is that He was loving me, through them. Sweet, sweet Jesus, you are awesome beyond words.

Thanks, Mike, for your book. I know I will never truly understand what it feels like to be homeless, because I would not last a single night! I've gained insight from your writing, and hope that others will as well.

In His Love,


Posted: 2006-04-19 10:21:00

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