a picture down the street at our new food distribution location
Last Thursday felt like a deluge of people. Perhaps the weather getting nicer means more people hang around. Also, we have moved our "Corner" time down the block a little ways, as people were having to cross a four-lane road and not always paying great attention to the cars whizzing by. We are closer to the shelter now, so it seems more people gather and stay gathered than when we were down the block.
The theme of the last few weeks has been EYES. People have trouble seeing. They have difficulty getting the right prescription glasses, bifocals, etc. If it's related to their eyes, you name it and people need it!
It got me thinking, why do we only do "medical missions" trips abroad? Why not serve our own City in this way? So we are thinking and working on this idea now ... hopefully more to come.
The "Meet the Need" I'm presenting today is for a man named Corey. Although he looks like he's in his 30s, he is nearly 50. He was sitting with "Big Larry" last week, and we got to talking. He mentioned that he probably wouldn't recognize my friend Sean and me the next time he saw us because he really couldn't see us. His glasses prescription is so strong that he cannot get them inexpensively anywhere, though he has tried, so right now he just can't see.
I took a picture of his prescription to try to help him get these glasses. Corey is incredibly kind-hearted. He is so relaxed and open that I so badly wanted to get him help! When I told him I would present this need, but that I could make no promises, that I could only pray about it and present the need, he said he would be praying too. I know that this little gift would greatly affect his life. Can you imagine not being able to see basic objects during the day?
So now it's up to YOU! Do you know an ophthalmologist or eye clinic? Or would you be willing to sponsor Corey to get his glasses?
The one thing to consider, as we always have to with the homeless, is that when we do good for them, we never know the result. Someone could volunteer to meet this need, and then in reality I could never see Corey again. This is truly an instance where the joy is in the act of giving, not in the result. Of course, I think and hope I will see Corey again. He hangs out with Big Larry, and I see Big Larry often. And even if Corey does not return, I know someone else could use the glasses.
Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping to meet this need. Thank you so much for considering it!
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Finally, an invitation ... I want to invite you to our Bible study this Thursday. It is going to be a special one! Let me explain ...
For months—long before Jonathan started the Bible study—I have dreamed of having people come play music outside for our homeless friends. They don't have access to music all the time like we do. They don't have iPods or computers. They can't go to church every time the door is open. Beyond that, I thought that the captivating sound of music on the streets could have an amazing effect on people. Music changes us, moves us in ways few other things do. I have heard it said before that music affects our whole person—spirit, mind, body.
And so some people from my church are coming to our outside Bible study Thursday to play music with and for our homeless friends. I have no idea what it will be like, but I can't wait for it!
YOU are so welcome to join us! If you are interested, here are the details:
Date: Thursday, May 1
Time: 9 - 10:30 a.m.
First we hang around, talk, and get coffee that CitySquare provides. Then we will listen to and sing to the music. Finally, we read out of the book of John in the New Testament and talk about it.
Parking: at the Opportunity Center at the corner of Malcolm X & Dawson (click here to see a map). You can also email me beforehand and we can arrange to meet and walk over together.
Location: caddy-corner to Austin Street Shelter, at the intersection of Hickory St & Jeffries St. (click hereto see a map)
our little Bible study group from last week. Sometimes we have just a few, sometimes many.