Helping the Homeless
Welcome to our community group web site. May the blessings of the Lord be upon you and your family.
The Holy Spirit gave Freida and I a vision for helping the homeless many years ago. In that time we have seen the meaning of the word homeless change dramatically within our community. From families who have lost their home and end up living in their car or on the street, because they lost their job, to families that have gone through their savings and run out of any type of sustainable income. We have talked to couples that have a job but they are not bringing in enough of an income to afford rent. There are also travelers who travel from place to place not staying in one particular place very long.
My wife and I and our four children were one of those families who had a paycheck but, not enough sustainable income to rent a house so we were homeless for a while. We put our trust in God and in the promises in His Word.
Psalm 38:7 says "The lord is my strength my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,and with my song I will praise Him."
Psalm 91:1 "He who dwells in the secret place of the most high; shell abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust."
Regardless of our situation we are all children of God and he loves us no matter where we are at or what situation we are in.
We have always been motivated to try to see the potential and value in people through God’s eyes. One of the best examples of this outlook from the parable of the Prodigal Son, Luke 15:11-16. "A certain man had two sons and the younger of them said to his father; Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me. So he divided to them his livelihood and not many days after, the younger son gathered all his possessions and journeyed to a far country and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all he had, there was a famine that came upon the land, and he became in need of food. After becoming a citizen of that country, he was sent to the fields to feed the pigs. And he was made to eat any pods that he could gleen from the field that the pigs left behind. No one gave him anything."
The prodigal son made some poor choices and in the end was overlooked just like a lot of people in our society today. What an awful place to be, thinking no one cares about you, no loves you, feeling that you have been overlooked.
This story doesn’t sound very encouraging until you read the rest of the parable, about the unconditional love and grace the prodigal son’s father had for his son.
This is a picture of the love and grace God has for us. We are saved by grace through faith in Christ. There is no magic formula to enter the kingdom of God, but the Lord is the key that opens our hearts to see his kingdom of God.
Like the prodigal son who was homeless, God loves the homeless in our community and desires that they come to know Him.
We encourage you to join us in ministering to those who society has thrown away. You can find our contact information on the Helping the Homeless page.
God bless you!
Dave and Freida