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Topic: What to do?!

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I'm only 14 and I feel sort of like I can't really help the homeless because I'm so young. I know that there is something that I can do so I was wondering if anyone had any ideas.

Also I know a lot of people who are predjudice against homeless people but too prideful to read UNDER THE OVERPASS. What should I tell those people? I mean most of them are older than me and may not really take to heart what I say.

Posted: 2006-04-25 22:12:00

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You can pray! Never underestimate the power of prayer.

As far as how to reach your friends who have prejudices against the homeless, you probably cannot do anything but pray. The attitude they have is between them and God. If you feel moved to do so, pray that God touches their hearts, and remind God that you are His willing servant, if He should decide to include you in whatever He is doing in their lives regarding this matter.

I notice in some of your posts that you say you are "only" 14. What you are, my friend, is a child of God. Our Father doesn't measure your worth by the years you have been on this earth. Since He doesn't, neither shall I.

I love your tender heart and compassion, and your willingness to reach out to others. Keep following Jesus, and He will let you know how He wants to involve you in the lives of those around you, homeless or not.



Posted: 2006-04-26 13:34:00

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You are already doing something to make a change. Our hope lies in the future and you are the future. Continue to share the information you have gained from reading the book, see if you can get a group together to volunteer at a local shelter or soup kitchen. And pray. Thank you for caring about those that many foget.

Posted: 2006-04-26 17:32:00

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Listen, the important thing here is that you have a willing heart. No matter your age. I have a 10 year old and when I told him that God has given us a burning desire to help the homeless, he was excited and wanted to know what to do.....well, we cooked some food, made a few tacos and we drove into the homeless street of our area. We didn't get off our car, of course, but with my husband driving, we gave the homeless the food through our window and told them that Jesus loved them. This was an unforgettable experience for my 10yr old son and he wants to keep doing more for them. We are praying for God to direct us in what to do personally for the homeless in our area and I know that His plan will unfold for us. So, if you have parents/guardian at home, ask them to join with you to make sandwiches or anything simple to pass out at your local homeless community or volunteer as a family at a local shelter/rescue mission. I'm on my way to find out how we can help our local rescue mission. Jesus will honor your obedience and willing heart.
We'll be praying for you!!!!

Showing Jesus Love..........
IG from Salinas,CA

Posted: 2006-05-02 11:22:00

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Hi jiseguerreros :)

Its so wonderful that you and your family are providing food for hungry folks.

You wrote "We didn't get off our car, of course," which is very wise in many situations around people who live outside walls. However, in many other situations, the best thing you can do is get out of your vehicle, and talk to people.

In the Houston area there are several places a homeless person can eat each day. There are also many kind hearted folks who drive by and hand food out of their vehicles, or even feed out of the back of trucks. From my three year friendship with a community of street people in Houston, I have come to understand that there is plenty of food for them. There is also a good supply of clothing and blankets. What is not plentiful is people who are willing to put their faith on the line, get out of their automobile, and enter into relationships with these broken souls. Yes, they need food to survive. But they also need love, compassion, mercy, tenderness. They need to know that they matter, that they are not invisible. They need to know that someone loves them enough to come to them where they are, how they are. Because seeing a human do that is sometimes the thing that lets God let them know He will come to them where they are, too.

Giving a gift of food is a lovely way to pave the way for a relationship to begin. If you choose your time well, early afternoon on a weekend, you can probably safely leave your vehicle. Introduce yourself, ask someone else's name. When they answer me.......shortdog.....or truckdriver....I smile and ask....what does your mama call you? When homeless people realize that I care enough to want to know their given name, that I have no qualms about shaking their hands, or hugging them if it feels right, it melts any hostility they might have towards me, and earns a loyalty that provides me protection far beyond what staying in my car could provide. It opens the door to return visits, for an opportunity to ask a shoeless man what size shoe he wears. (I've learned not to buy them new shoes that they might be tempted to sell for drug money but instead get shoes at a thrift store, and make sure they are well disinfected before giving them away). Sometimes I bring a large bag of inexpensive disposal razors to give away. Most of the time, I just bring Jesus. And He is always enough.

You and your family are in my prayers.

Celebrating His life with you,


Posted: 2006-05-03 14:21:00

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