|Where is everyone? 5:15 a.m. on Black Friday at |
Eagle Rock Mall
I wanted to write about Love and Thanks. Specifically as it ties in to our homeless outreach. When we help the needy, it's not out of false thanks, like the Pharisee in the parable, who thanked God that he was not like the lowly tax collector. It is out of love. And because as Christians, we are commanded to do so by our God, Jesus Christ. This week we had an opportunity to extend a hand up twice in one week. On Monday night, our In His Shoes homeless outreach took to the streets of Skid Row in a very special evening. Friends of our In His Shoes family, Sonig and Kevork had donated the evening's meal in memory of their nephew, Harout, who was taken from us tragically at a young age. They had provided sandwiches, and our usual fare of soup, snacks and water bottles. But in addition they had donated these beautiful green apples. (I seriously felt like the witch in snow white, offering pretty apples to my friends on the street.) So we had plenty of food. We had also collected a record amount of clothing this time around. We went on our outreach with 4 cars (where we usually take 3). And we had a LOT of clothing to distribute. In fact, we had so much that I thought we wouldn't be able to distribute all of it and as we usually do, we'd drop the remaining clothing at the rescue mission. But there were many on the streets and the people were so grateful as the weather has taken a turn for the cold.
If you follow my blog or podcasts, you may remember me mentioning Dolly Dotty Dorothy. She is a small woman from Ghana and she is a missionary. She is on the street by choice. A vision on the streets of Skid Row, she wears all white. She very rarely asks for anything for herself, but knows who needs what. When the fight broke out, and I was ready to pack it up, it was Dolly who asked us to stay. "Please don't go. I will make him stop." The man who was causing the problems was a large man, and Dolly was small comparitively. But she went right up to him and said, "All these people will not get to eat or get the help they need because of your anger. You must stop." I don't know if it was Dolly's vibe. Or the man's realization of the situation, but I heard him say, "I'm not fighting. I didn't do anything." And he just walked away. Watching this, I really appreciated how Dolly had approached this man. He was combative, and later, I learned that he had thrown soup at one of the people that was waiting for food. She didn't yell. She didn't meet violence and anger with the same...but she approached him with love. She was firm, but her reasoning for this man to stop the way he was acting was out of love and concern for the others. Approach all things with love. A great lesson witnessed in action.
|A beehive of activity as we box the food for distribution|
|Each needy family will receive a|
box of food and a ham or turkey