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2006-10-26

Life...

Thanks for coming to UnderTheOverpass.com. It means a lot to me that you were willing to take the time to visit this site.

The fall has been a busy time for my wife, Danae and I. As I'm writing it's 5:00 in the morning, and my bags are packed. Today I'm heading to Tampa Florida to join with the Rescue Mission there called "Path of Citrus County." Pretty excited to help be a catalyst there and encourage people in the surrounding areas to stand alongside of the staff at the Rescue Mission.

I've had the chance to see many different Rescue Missions over the past few months, and they're incredible organizations. I'd recommend checking the one out in your local area. To find if you have one, go to the AGRM (Association of Gospel Rescue Missions) website (www.agrm.com), and search in their "Member Missions" section.

Rescue Missions provide what for many is the only legitimate path out of street life. Their holistic, Christ Centered approach allows many to come to Life in Christ and to see themselves made new. Pretty cool stuff. The most successful Rescue Missions are those that are heavily supported by their surrounding communities. And I'm not just talking finances. Of course money is important and they have budgets to meet. The equally important need within a Rescue Mission is the support of local churches and volunteers. These organizations need us, those surrounding the Mission, to be willing to come in and volunteer on a consistent basis, to serve as a mentor for a man or woman in a rehabilitation program, to use our businesses to employ recent Mission graduates as they get on their feet.

So, let me encourage you, if you're trying to find a place to serve in your local community, check out the AGRM (Association of Gospel Rescue Missions) website (www.agrm.com) and give your local Mission a call. Find out how you can get involved, and then leap off the ledge of your comfort with Him!

Well, I need to head to Tampa!

Grace and Peace.

-Mike.





Comment Author Comment Text
musicgirl

Member Since:
2006-10-27

Dear Mike,

I seen you at Yc Newfoundland 2006.

I finally got a chance to read my copy of Under the over pass.
Its wonderful and now my copy is being marked up with my favorite stories and quotes highlighted.

Ive been lending it out as well.


I know you have encountered many people so im not sure if you would remember me even if it was only a month ago.

I read the note you left in my book alot.
You told me that my new journey would be hard.

You also told me that god wants my parents to to know him too.

I promised you that i would also pray for your parents as you would for mine.

Then i thanked you and with small tears i walked away.

So this is just a little note to thank you for everything.
for you kind words, for your book, and for your prayers.

Your book and your speeches at YC and then meeting you have impacted me more than you will ever know.

Thank you.

Jessica Collins

laker_babe12@hotmail.com

Posted: 2006-10-27 21:29:00
gabriela

Member Since:
2006-10-29

HEY MIKE!!!!

YOUR BOOK REALLY IMPACTED MY LIFE. IT MUST HAVE BEEN AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE FOR YOU TO ACTUALLY GO HOMELESS FOR A FEW MONTHS. I HAVE READ YOUR BOOK LIKE, 3 TIMES ALREADY, AND EVERY TIME I READ, I ALWAYS FIND SOMETHING NEW. YOU MUST HAVE ASKED GOD SO MANY TIMES TO HELP YOU NOT GO INSANE. WOW. YOU ARE A TRUE INSPIRATION TO ME. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND THANK YOU FOR COMING TO THE SPRINGTOWN ROUND UP. I WAS THERE. I SAW YOU AND I WAS VERY MUCH INSPIRED BY YOU. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING. AND THANKS FOR SIGNING MY BOOK!!!!!

-GABRIELA-

Posted: 2006-10-29 17:21:00
denikalewis

Member Since:
2006-11-04

Hi Mike,
I'm finally getting a chance to e-mail you!!!! Life has been pretty hectic since YC 2006 here in good ol Newfoundland but man oh man......have you ever broken my heart for homeless people!!! There is a lot I could say regarding how MUCH your testimony has changed me but I'll just sum it up......
God has SOOOO spoken through you right to my heart. There's always been a big part of me that God has been wanting to use in a most specific way but it's never been clear to me what that is. Ashamed to say I didn't really search for that....until I heard you speak and read your book....WOW!!!!
Having said that I have recently paid a visit to the downtown area of the capital city here in Newfoundland with a big box of food and what a life changing experience!!!! Mike.....there have been challenges since with getting the resources to continue following this plan God has for me but I'm praying for ways around these obstacles.
One lady on the street asked me how I knew to bring food and not money.........well, I was speechless......she was rubbing her tummy saying...."How did you know I needed food so much more!!!!! I am sooo hungry!!! I would have taken the money you gave me for booze but you KNEW to bring food....you'll never know how much this means". Broke my heart.....In my mind was your voice saying......give them food or a gift certificate for a few bucks to a coffee shop...anything.
Anyway Mike....I HAD to write to you and just thank you for obeying God with this mission and I pray for Him to bless you and your beautiful family.
Thank you and your book was BOTH a challenge and a blessing!!!
Denika Lewis
Paradise, Newfoundland

Posted: 2006-11-04 07:58:00
princess07

Member Since:
2006-12-26

Hello Mike, God has put the desire in me to feed the homeless. I brown bagged the food in one bag and soap,soap holder, toothbrush and toothpaste in the other bag. two days before Christmas. Out I went! I did think if I put the magnet signs on the car they may see me . sure enough a young lady came before I could get the bags out of my car.I said that I wanted to pass out food. She said that they all knew each other and called some to come over. they were eager to receive the food and water. they collected their share and for the others. I counted five under the ledge of the open concert stage on the beach. I asked could I pray FOR them not with them, they closed their eyes and bowed their heads respectfully. I kept my open of course. Oh ! the joy I felt. Twelve received food,toiltries,bottled water and a new Testement sealed in a freezer bag, to keep it dry. This was Christmas morning. a total of fifteen the three days ! Then my daughter gave me your book for Christmas knowing the plans ahead. I read untill two -thirty in the morning, I could not put it down. I had maybe two chaps. left. I could not go to sleep thinking of your journey. Thank you Father I can feed not go as I am female. thank you Mike! I feel I may understand the mission a little better. a greater respect for the pain and struggles they face. You are a messenger from God to help us to help them! God bless you for the book. May God's face shine upon you, keep you and yours.

Posted: 2006-12-26 13:56:00
RashL

Member Since:
2007-01-05

I've just finished reading your book (its 5:39am and I just read it cover to cover) and I relate to your book in a unique way. I am not christian, and i do not believe in god -- although i am a spiritual person and believe in the inherent good of man and so can relate to a lot of christian beliefs/morals -- but, like you, i have been homeless and traveled from city to city. I have recently been in San Francisco (summer 2006) and I started being homeless at 16 in San Diego seven years ago. Your accounts of streetlife there make me miss the life and my friends... it was very accurate (sans curse words, of course) and colorful and I enjoyed your writings from the standpoint of one of the homeless... I plan on passing my copy onto an "unchristianly christian" as soon as possible with hopes that they can try to learn just a little of what you are able to teach. I actually purchased your book on accident, after seeing it listed under "Christian Living" i had opted to order another book, only to end up spacing out and writing your title down instead. I love to read and was given $60 in gift certificates for books this holiday season; I was a little let down when i realized i had spent $10 on a book that would probably anger me (I dont enjoy any of the christian pamphlets i get for free when walking down the street..) so I prepared to go through all the hassles of returning Under The Overpass. Then I thumbed through the pages a bit, read a paragraph here and there, and decided to try it out, knowing that the religious aspect might annoy me here and there but seeing that there was more to this book than a lot of preaching. I am here typing to you because I not only read the darn thing cover-to-cover, but i also connected with it so well. Although I am not on the streets now, I can almost with certainty say that I will be back again (for one reason or another) and the tales in your book will live on in my mind like any of the stories I've learned and will learn from any of my scummy, filthy, smelly chums and traveling buddies along the way. And when i find my way back to a house again, I will have to acclimate from streetlife back into the "real world", just as you have... and while i am laying in a warm room with dry blankets, a laptop, and a LAMP (what a luxury!) i will feel bad for all my friends out there... but beyond that, i usually wish i were back out there. For all the comforts of "Civilization", the comfort of being surrounded with real, true people made honest by the necesity of mere survival is warmer in a different way. Thank you so much for blessing me with your book and giving me something to do with the night when i couldnt sleep. Continue on with the awesome work!!

TO EVERYONE ELSE:
We are so much more than just scenery. We could be your mother, your child, your brother/sister, YOURSELF. Next time you see a man/woman huddled on the street take another look and realized that w

Posted: 2007-01-05 08:20:00
RashL

Member Since:
2007-01-05

BTW Mike....
not trying to get on your wife's bad side, but you and Sam made some pretty tasty looking homeless guys!! I'd have hit on you if I saw you playing in Ocean Beach!

Posted: 2007-01-05 08:22:00
wandabungay

Member Since:
2006-10-09

Hi Mike, I am the youth leader for a church in St. John's and I first heard you speak at YCNewfoundland 2006. I spoke to you near the elevator about how my youth we greatly moved by you and your adventures and for that I thank God daily for you. I would love to have you come to St. John's and speak to others that were unable to hear you in Corner Brook. Be aware that we are praying for you and for what you are doing in USA. I would love to know more on what to do and how to do it here in St. John's. If someone else reads this and has some time to help me with this please email me or Mike if you have the time to send me a line or two. Thankyou again and God Bless you and your family.

wandabungay@hotmail.com

Posted: 2007-01-10 16:22:00
geoa

Member Since:
2007-01-15

Hello to all.My name is Geo Aronhalt and I do not have to look for the Homeless because I minister at a rescue mission. I think that I have one of the best jobs in the world.I should have come to the Mission for help many times in my life.I never even thought of working in one. What a blessing.I would encourage all of you that can to support a local RESCUE MISSION. I minister in Akron at the Haven of Rest. We are able to help many people every year because of help from the community.Some very pratical ways to help would through prayers( keep in mind we operate everyday,all day)Volunteer your time the more people we have helping the more we can serve and show Gods love.For your next Missions trip send your youth group to a rescue mission,the money that you would save could go right back into the community. And of course send money,good clothing,canned food, personal care items.If there is any way I could help as you reach out to the Homeless please contact me.I think that it is time for the church to reach out,and thats US.God bless Geo garonhalt@havenofrest.org

Posted: 2007-01-16 11:07:00
bwis

Member Since:
2007-01-27

Mike,

I bought your book two days ago on the recomendation of a friend. I finished it earlier this morning. The laundry and dishes and making meals for my family got squished in between devouring the words on the pages.

Thank you for sharing your experiences.
Thank you for putting life and "things" in perspective.

I've been told you will be coming to my town on February 11th and delivering a talk. I look forward to hearing what you have to say and any guidance you can give a group I recently joined who feel called to address the needs of the homeless in our community. I haven't witnessed the need here, but sadly I'm betting it exists.

I'm excited at the prospect of helping the overlooked in our midst. I'm sitting in a house bigger than I need with more stuff than I need. While I enjoy my "things", they don't make me happy. Facing the chance to help people fills me with more excitement and energy than planning anything I ever have before.

Please pray for me and the group here in Elk River, Minnesota. Pray that the fire were feeling to help doesn't go away. Pray that we follow through and truly make a difference. Pray that we do it for God and the people in need and not just to make ourselves feel good.

With love,

Barb

Posted: 2007-01-27 11:59:00
Beth Hornbeck

Member Since:
2007-01-31

Hello Mike and Sam,
I read your book last summer on a flight to the UK to see my son who was finishing an internship working with youth. I was excited, challenged and encouraged, as I am a youth worker who is certain that through Jesus we can make a difference, world wide, and that the church needs a renewal/revival in establishing Jesus vision for how we are to touch the world. My time in the UK was initially with a small community of wealth, and the kids and church, though evangelical and dedicated, were somewhat insulated... I then went to London, and saw the mirror image of what I see on the , talk and pray...we take a group of kids regularly, and I can see how this cements their faith and commitment to changing our world. Slowly, our involvement in regular outings is attracting others from our congregation and overflowing to kids stopping and talking with prople that would normally be invisible to them. Water bottles, granola bars and conversation, stopping the car to hand out fruit to men huddled by buildings. I would like to thank you for listening to God, and pursuing holiness in this area. Your book, devotions and speaking will encourage others.
I was pleased to see that you are partnering with World Vision and the 30 hour famine, and am introducing you to our youth as we prepare for our upcoming famine.
Well, enough of my rambling, but please continue to follow God's prompting and voice, your efforts with His leading, are affecting change within the body of Christ!
Beth Hornbeck blhornbeck@sbcglobal.net

Posted: 2007-01-31 14:49:00
fi99

Member Since:
2007-02-11

Hi Mike
I'm a fifteen year old who lives in New Zealand and today I finished your book Under the Overpass. I found it deeply inspiring and makes me want to help the homeless, the sick, the naked and the hungry. Recently, last year, I went on a mission trip to China but even over there I was living in a nice apartment and isolated from the poverty everywhere. In fact it was in China that I heard about your book! All my life I have never gone to a school that was public, and have been schooled and housed in a Christian environment, and I feel a lot of the time we are just sending off money, or doing nothing at all, to help people in need. Your book opened my eyes to just how materialistic and stereotypical churches and Christians can be. While I have been in the mission field and have helped people that are not as fortunate closer to home as well, I feel like I haven't been doing enough to proclaim Jesus love to the broken and needy. Thanks for writing your fantastic book; it has inspired me to do great works in the name of Jesus.

In my town we don't seem to have all that many homeless people. I don't recall ever seeing one. However I do know that there are a lot of hurting people that could do with the love of Jesus and I hope that I can spot the opportunities God gives me everyday to evangelise and serve.

Thank you so much for writing your book. It was an amazing read!
Fiona


Posted: 2007-02-11 00:17:00
fi99

Member Since:
2007-02-11

PS - 30 hour famine? In NZ it's 40 hours! And I do it every year :-)

Posted: 2007-02-11 00:18:00
jstrang72

Member Since:
2007-02-22

Mike,

I loved your book. It was truly inspiring in a different sense of inspiring. I missed you when you spoke at the Rockford Rescue Mission in Rockford, IL, but I would love to have you come to Rockford again, speak and have a book signing. Raise awarness and money for the mission and the homeless.
This has been close to my heart as God has laid it on me to work with the homeless, addicts and those who are demon oppressed/possessed. I am currently in the process of interviewing for the board of directors for the Rockford Rescue Mission.
Your story and your book was a great testimony and eye opener for the 'down and out here in America. I hope and pray that this will move in a huge way opening up America's eyes to what life is really about and that there are thousands of people in need.

God bless,

Jeremy Strang

PS. I would love to send you a copy of my book, not as a teaching tool, but rather as a thank you for "Under the Overpass."



Posted: 2007-03-06 16:56:00
fi99

Member Since:
2007-02-11

Hi Mike

Thankyou so much for your email. I got it when I was doing the 40 hour Famine and it was really uplifting! I replied but my reply may have turned up in your junk email folder, as that's where yours came up on mine. If it's no longer there, like if it's been automatically deleted, I'll try sending you another one if you let me know :)

Thanks
Fiona

Posted: 2007-04-02 00:54:00


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HOLY MESS DO I LOVE UR BOOK!!!
so i was in the book store and i saw this neat looking book and i recognized the name because my friend was talking about it!ne who i picked it up and saw the prica and said ooo!!!mmm i really want it but its a lil pricy(dont worry im just cheap)haha but then i saw another book called every young womans battle and wanted that one too but i couldnt buy both then i walked over to the bargain books and GUESS WHAT BOOK WAS MARKED DOWN!!??yours!!haha so i knew thats the book i needed to read.now im not a big reader so its amazing that i could get into a book!but i LOVE LOVE LOVE ur book i tell everyome i meet to read it.well neway im really feeling called to work with the homeless!its INSANE!!!ive always wanted to make a difference in ppls lives and man i feel called to do it!!but i dont know how!!like what kinda things i could do you know!iono id love to find out how i can help!!ive been reading up on the rescue mission info. im extremly interested!!gosh i wish i could just sit down and have a convo with u i bet itd be intense!!well i think ur awesome and what u did was even more amazing!!i admire u and haha im such a nerd ur under my heros list for myspace!!haha i know ima nerd and i talk way to much ok ur awesome thanks!ur BOOK IS AMAZING!!!

Posted: 2007-04-05 21:30:00


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Hey Mike,

Thanks for the book and life changing experience.

I tried to go to www.agrm.com and the domain didn't resolve. I googled it and came up with www.agrm.ORG

Small detail, but hopefully it will help others find it, too.

Thanks again, bro!
Brian

Posted: 2007-04-06 14:25:00


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Hey Mike....Thanks for the book and your obedience to our Saviour and Master Jesus Christ. Really enjoyed walking with you on your adventure.

I volunteer regularly at Union Gospel Mission , Dallas, Tx. and plan on enrolling in Rescue College this Fall working towards my BA in Addiction Studies.....hope to be a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor within a couple of years helping our enslaved brothers out on the streets. Hope to see you in Dallas someday.

Keep on keepin on Brother.......God Bless, Nozeri.

Posted: 2007-04-14 10:04:00


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Mike,

I just wanted to let you know that I recently offered a morning prayer/discussion group at our church based on your 30 days devotional book. I was scheduled to preach about six weeks ago and God led me to offer this devotional and prayer group as the response to the message I preached. Each Tuesday morning was filled with powerful stories of changed life perspectives. We met today for the last time-most of us lingered a few extra minutes together as we left.

Thanks for being faithful to God's voice in your life. Both the book and journal are useful tools in encouraging others to have a broader view about the heart of God and His love for his creation. These books have been instrumental in my journey of "doing" instead just reading or talking.

May we never forget.

Mark Williams, Youth Pastor
Community Church
Hendersonville, TN

Posted: 2007-04-24 11:22:00


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I have to admit I have not read the book yet. I am looking forward to reading it ASAP. A friend from church told me about it while we were participating on a Homeward Bound walk this past weekend. I have done walks and fed the homeless in our area for years but there is never enough that is done. Anyone can be homeless at any point. I am so fortunate to have been blessd by God in the lifestyle I have. I try to teach my kids to be grateful for what they have and generous to others.
For the last two years, my oldest son and I have done mission trips with World Changers. My son thrives in that environment and I hope he ends up doing mission work always. After I read the book I am going to give it to him to read.
Thank you and God bless you always.

Posted: 2007-04-25 12:35:00


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I READ IT!!!!The book was fabulous. What a thought provoking experience. It actually took me longer to receive the book than to read it. I devoured it in less than two days.
The book made me really think about my actions and reactions to everyone. I am a firm believer in Christianity being how a life is lived daily not through attending church or giving money. It amazes me how some "christians" act. I am not perfect and I do not try to be. I only do the best I can to live a Christ filled life. God has blessed me with a wonderful family and lifestyle. I try to share it with as many as I can but sometimes I fall short. Your book has shown me that the little things like a meal or time can help people more than you thhink.
My husband snagged the book before my son could read it. It is a wonderful book. I plan on buying it for several people to read and share the experience.
God bless you and your courage to do this. I have included you, Sam and your ministry in my prayers and thoughts.

Posted: 2007-05-09 11:57:00
 








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