At 5:30am when I got out of my door to head to Skid Row it was still raining. Our volunteers didn’t call me asking “Jennifer, it’s raining. Should we go to Skid Row?!” Because we all know God took care of it all these years. He will do it again while we serve, whether it’s not raining or not raining hard.
My classmates from TUMI came from different locations and joined us to serve and help. Thank you. Brothers!
I debated posting this picture but considering that today many of us are gonna be thankful for what we have and are gonna be spending it with those we love, eating very yummy food, I changed my mind. I didn’t know my boyfriend had captured this moment. A couple of day’s ago we went to eat late at night @raisingcanes and as we waited for our order i saw this homeless lady walk in asking people that were throwing away there leftovers if she could have them. Not one person said yes, they all ignored her and threw it away it broke my heart…I have been volunteering with the homeless now for many years… they don’t repulse me or make me sick to my stomach. I hold them all with so much love. So I told Fred if I see her before we are done eating I will give her my food. I looked for her as we were getting ready to leave and couldn’t find her…..I felt sad knowing all the rejection she had that night searching for a warm meal. As I was gonna throw away my one leftover chicken strip and like 5 fries I heard a very quite voice ask me if I had anything left. I turned around and it was her..l gave her my food and watched her sit and eat it…..but something didn’t feel right…I felt like a horrible human being feeding her my leftover chicken strip..she deserved so much more…so I bought her a whole meal..she deserved to eat a hot meal. When I ordered the meal I asked the employee for a huge favor to please do not kick her out as we waited…I could already see the disgust on people’s faces as she sat at the table eating the leftovers I had given her….news flash people not all homeless people smell like roses. She was getting ready to get up and leave when I surprised her with this meal….the look on her face said it all…I have never felt something like this…pure, real gratitude. That hug she gave me was like a hug I had never felt….those tears she shed were felt deep in my heart…I held her tight and let her let it out. I wasn’t repulsed by it….I just held her. And that is a moment I will never ever forget. So next time u judge a homeless person think twice…not all of them are homeless because of a drug addiction or because they are lazy.
We are inviting you to be our partner to sow the seeds, reap the harvest, and glorify God with us. We give thanks to God for giving us the opportunity to serve to be the blessings to others. To God be the Glory. Amen.
We filled 200 Christmas bags to be distributed to our friends in skidrow. Thank God for all the donations. We are privileged and honored to do it for our Lord. Also thanks to all others who wanted to help but couldn’t make it. God bless you all.
Llenamos 200 bolsas Navideñas que seran distribuidas a nuestros amigos en Skidrow. Gracias a Dios por todas las donaciones. Somos privilegiados y honrados al poder hacerlo para nuestro Señor. También agradecemos a todos aquellos que deceaban ayudar pero no pudieron. Bendiciones para todos ustedes.
Dr. Bob Lay, Dean of The Urban Ministry Institute started with a spiritual breakfast of Ruth 1:16: “For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.”
Thank Chosen Generation Church, Pastor Cedric Nelms and Jay Eaton for their support.
Give appreciation and thanks to our faithful volunteers, Karen Wheeler Anderson, her family and students who help rain or shine.
And our brother Jamie Jaramillo whose answer to God’s calling always is YES.
We thank God for providing all we need, even His light – Jesus’ light ALWAYS shines when we serve.
Let us give God a big applause and sing Hallelujah! To God Be The Glory. Amen.