Like most of you I have been following the news on well what is reported to be the great divide here in the states. But for me it has been a very eye opening experience. I had no idea that our country had been so ruined by our past government If for example you look around you have women screaming on how we have someone in office that hates women yet in my state alone women make 66% of what a man makes and if you are a black woman that is only 49% of what a man makes so I stand here wondering that if the past government failed to fix this then who hates women? This is just one example I have seen of things going on. The next example is that illegal children get sent through school while American children are having a hard time going to college and are often times raised with failing schools while they are growing up.
The idea of homeless people can stem from many of factors including the last two. I was talking with my sister yesterday and I told her that I can remember as a child being taught that the homeless were that way because they were lazy and often times not very nice people. They prefer to beg for help then work but the truth of the matter is we have to fix how we govern our people because though there are people who like living the homeless life there are many more out there do to lack of jobs, homes, someone who cares, and higher costs,
Please refer to this link when you want to think that there is no hope for the homeless: nationalhomeless.org/factsheet/why.html. Please get involved with the government as we have the right to. Then tell me is there hope for the homeless?
Went to help our churches baptism on the streets ministry today. And as it always is we had a wonderful time. We had the pleasure of meeting several wonderful people those we prayed with and uplifted or they uplifted us. Several were baptized and came up from the water with a regained sense of joy and hope.
We worked along side a homeless coalition group that were their to feed the homeless or any that just needed the extra care and encouragement. A few of the homeless that were their were able to get cloths, food , soap and love. They talked openly about their tent city and had a sense of pride in their home but I believe it is the care of those around them that helped to give an opportunity to feel important and not forgotten.
While I was try a homeless Vet rode his bike up from some distance to get food. He wore his medals and had the sweetest character. Then there was Angela she stayed with us for about 2 hours after she was baptized eating and fellowshipping. She was a young woman that had the look of one who has spent a great deal of time outside, but I could not help but be drawn to her wonderful humor. She took a picture with our group and when the Pastor talked of how many were baptized she laughed when I lifted her hand and waved it.
We need to much to help those in our own country that are at this moment along and on the streets. When Angela asked if we had a flash light for her so she would have light at night it was a time to reflect on just how much we not only let them down but ourselves. If you have an opportunity give to the homeless and find away to support events that help them. When you are homeless everything means so much.