God has given me a burden for the homeless veterans. They have fought for our country, and it is not acceptable that so many of them are homeless given the ability of some of God’s people to provide help.
Also, I met a man who is a Harvard graduate with a PhD who is now homeless due to various workplace injustices against him. He is much stressed, and I feel pity for him.
There are people who have been removed from their jobs because they justifiably reported managerial, and other workplace misconduct. They now have difficulty in employment opportunities. Should they be further penalized by selfish people of God who can but choose not to help them?
I John 3:17
But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
There is at least one homeless veteran woman in the shelter where I live. There are homeless disabled veterans who need the help of God’s people. Certainly, the government’s help is needed and appreciated but what would Jesus do relative to these people? The Bible states that the government is on His shoulder. God expects His people who are called by His name to do more.
Recently, I observed two women the other day doing gardening tasks. I inquired. They informed me that they had “adopted” that city parcel of land. They were caring for it with giving hearts. I have read reports of people “adopting” zoo animals. People of God can “adopt” poor and needy people. It is understandable that all people are not receptive to help. Some poor people are rude, ungrateful and do not demonstrate appreciation – their aim is to “use” the kindness extended. It is always wise to consult God for the wisdom to know what to do in matters that concern giving to the poor.
The government provides food stamps, and shelters but does not provide funding for public transportation. I notice that some churches provide food…there are a number of places to go to in D.C. for food – I am not sure about other locales. Also, though, people need toiletries, funding to travel, etc. Also, Jesus is about relationships. He dined with sinners and such. Why not set aside funds to, once a month, fund dinner or lunch out with a homeless person? Many would appreciate the compassion demonstrated by such actions.
Some churches have large congregations and have outreach ministries to the needy and poor. Why not assign to each church member, who is able, one homeless/needy person to “adopt?” That makes it a personal individual contribution. It is great to do collective charitable actions. God also expects us to make personal/individual sacrifices for others. His Word states for us to bear one another’s burdens.
The Catholic church community is known for being givers on huge levels. What about the other church communities? The Catholics, I believe, are the largest church givers to the needy. Other church groups, I believe, fall far short. The shelter where I live is under Catholic Charities. They give us three meals a day, shelter, toiletries, water, air conditioning, heat, snacks, employment assistance, a day program, etc. How many other churches do you know who give so much? Also, other shelters do not provide as much as Catholic Charities.
Also, the homeless people need computer training. To my knowledge, only one library in D.C. provides computer training. No shelter in D.C., which I know of, provides it. I do not know of any church group that assists in computer help for the poor and needy. We live in a computer-driven society, and it makes sense that the poor should have better access to what is essential in our society. The poor need computer help….
Of course, people need to be responsible, and demonstrate a willingness to rise above poverty. Salvation is vitally necessary. Wisdom from God aids in what to do, etc.
Please consider and pray about this vital issue.
Thank you for your consideration, and prayers.
I love you, people of God.
Sandra Renee Hicks
P.O. Box 1210
Washington, DC 20013
June 2, 2009
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