Weekly Update for the week of Oct 25th
Tuesday evening I attended a summit meeting on homelessness in
. This invite had
been sent out to faith based organizations as well as to the general public. The
event drew over 100 people from a variety of churches and organizations which
work with the homeless or near homeless, such as Share, Open House and Friends
of the Carpenter. In small groups we discussed issues concerning how we could
eradicate homelessness in Clark
County . We brainstormed
ideas and discussed the viability of some of the ideas set forth. At the end we
made a circle and each person was asked to share in a few words what was the key
thing we were taking away from this meeting. Many spoke of breaking down the
barriers between bodies of faith; a sense of cooperating instead of competing. Others
spoke about compassion and hope for the disenfranchised. Clark
As I pondered on this event later that night and since then, the one thing I grasped more than anything else is this: Jesus came to earth. He only said and did what the Father told him to do. And what did Jesus say and do? He spent most of his time with those who were and would be considered less than desirable in that time period, as well as this time period. He had compassion and cared for the less fortunate.
As Christ followers we are to follow in His footsteps. Do the kind of things He did. My question to me, as well as to each of you who read this is, are we? Are we stepping out of our comfort zones to help the less fortunate? Do we look at them as we pass them on the street? Or do we look beyond them and act like they are invisible?
In the coming weeks and months, plans will be put into place to help those in our community who have been invisible. Will you be willing to do something to help them become visible? Please prayerfully consider what God is saying to you.