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Topic: Clarity on what I can do

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An email that I sent out to our Raggedy Email distribution list...

My mom had bought me a book last weekend. It's titled “Under the Overpass, A journey of Faith on the Streets of America” by Mike Yankoski. I read this in under a week along with working my 60 hours, so it's addicting. The basis is about a young Christian man who asked himself if he truly had faith in God. He had never been under circumstances where he had to depend on God alone. He decided to take a journey and become homeless for 5 months in 5 major cities across America. The stories and the focus will change you.
I've always had a heart for the needy and homeless since I grew up with my mother taking in addicts, homeless and sometimes mentally ill. But since I am a single woman and it is not possible for me to do the things my mother did when I grew up I really wasn't sure what I could do. Should I give the homeless money only to support an addiction they might have? Should I stop to have conversation if I am alone? These seemed to be some of the questions I struggled with. After finishing this book it seemed to make much more sense what the homeless person needed and I in the situation I am in should be able to offer.
Obadiah Vs 15 “The day of the Lord is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.”
Leviticus 19: 9, 10 “When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleaning of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the Lord your God.
Luke 14: 13, 14 “But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (This makes me think about a wedding, or a birthday celebration someone might hold for me, or Thanksgiving. Would I want a few people there whose clothes are stained, smelly, or they might not have the manners of my other guests?) Wow, when you think of those kind of banquets we have and there are never needy there, it's an eye opener.
This book told of true life events that even happened in our churches across America, with our fellow brothers and sisters of Christ (Christians). There are hundreds of scripture leading and teaching us how we should handle the poor, addicts, and most of the homeless have some type of mental illness. Should they be forgotten, ignored by you and me? NO. I hope that you find time to pick up this book, and I also pray that you have an open heart while reading. God Bless Mike Yankoski for doing what I can not do, and sharing his journey. All though I will never be able to truly relate to these situations, he brought truth to the subject. Clarity, and focus and what needs to be done and God command's us as Christians to do.
God bless each

Posted: 2006-04-29 07:16:00

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Posted: 2006-05-04 20:59:00

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