This is Deb (right) and Toni. I found them sitting together this morning in Washington Park. Later today, Deb is going to try to rent a storage unit so she has a place to change her clothes. She and her boyfriend (who she calls her “male friend”) recently lost their apartment on Independence Avenue. Toni is going to find a therapist to be treated for depression – she showed me the name and address of an office she had folded in her pocket. Both of these women were in church yesterday at Grand Avenue Temple and have hopes of sleeping in a bed in the women’s shelter there tonight. The demand is so high, though, there is no guarantee. I gave them food, water and, of course, a bible. We talked about their spirituality and God’s ability to turn people’s lives around. And then I left there and walked to work, wondering why society refuses to see these people as God sees them. Their circumstances or whatever brought them to their current place shouldn’t matter. They are souls walking the earth and therefore deserve our love. This can be a difficult way to be especially when sometimes the homeless berate you and shake their heads in bewilderment that you keep coming back with your bags of food and bibles. After they see you enough times, they begin to believe: somebody cares about me. God cares about me. And that gives them hope. (Thank you Robin Sloan and family for the food donation … and having loving hearts.)
Ask and the good Lord provides. A few days ago, I made a post asking for Bible donations. Today I have three cases of brand-new Bibles on my kitchen table. Thank you to Sara Peterson Cape who volunteers with Team Hally. If you aren’t familiar with Hally Yust’s story, she was a gifted little girl whose life came to an end far too soon when she contracted a rare amoeba from lake water. You can read more about her at www.teamhally.org.
Thank you, again, Sara for reaching out after all these years. I consider it an honor and a privilege to hand these out. With this much work ahead, though, I’m going to need some volunteers to tag along on deliveries. Anyone interested in coming out with me Saturday morning, October 10, can shoot me a private message.