Ok, first of all, I know it’s been 527 days since my last post. I haven’t let writing be a priority. Whew! It’s out in the open. Ok, now let’s move on.
As most of you know I travel, a lot, with my job. We are in a different city every week bringing people the opportunity to invest in the life of a child around the globe. Every week hundreds of stories are changed when people choose to sponsor a child. As I hear stories from the field about how much this choice has changed the lives of so many, I am encouraged by how one person can make a difference in the life of another, even if we may never know just how much.
I love my job and the work that I am privileged to be a part of, however I do feel that there is an opportunity to make a difference right here in our own backyards that I have been missing these last two years. For years the homeless population has been on my heart. I mean, weighing heavily. So often we look at these men and women as simply empty faces, if we even choose to look at them at all. Sometimes we roll down our windows and give them spare change or a bill or two, maybe we ask them their name, too often we keep looking forward and never make eye contact. These folks are people, with hearts, and souls, feelings, and a story. A story. We all have one. Each person we see on the street has a story. Each one got to where they are somehow. It could have been a job loss or a divorce that pushed them over the edge. Maybe it was an addiction that got out of control. Too many homeless suffer from some sort of mental instability that goes unchecked, unhelped, and they end up alone and on the streets. We pass by them too often.
So here is what my coworker and I are desiring to do, and we invite you to be a part of it.
Each person matters and each has a story. We want to connect with individuals on the street and let them know they are seen as well as to give them an opportunity to share their story. Since we are on the road all the time, we will keep “Road Kits” in our truck to hand out to folks we see on the street. In them will be trial size toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, and comb), a granola bar or other snack, a gift card to McDonald’s or Dunkin Donuts and a handwritten note. In each note we will provide words of encouragement and support, letting them know they are seen and important. We will also provide a few sheets of blank paper and a SASE to a PO Box as an invitation to share their story and any prayer requests they may have. The time we have with each individual is brief, but if we can make an impact that lasts a time longer, perhaps a life could be changed.
We would love to invite you to be a part of this through donating $10 gift cards or helping to write out notes and envelopes. We believe that handwriting each note could make an even deeper imprint than simply photocopying one. We also need a PO Box! If you have one you can lend for a time please let us know. Lastly, we will need folks who are willing to pray for those who choose to share.
Our desire is to live out 1 John 3:17
“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?”
We believe that together we can bring hope to a few individuals along the way.
If you are interested in being a part of this in any way, please comment below with your email address. Thank you!