Most Friday evenings don’t look like this.
Two men led us in worship by playing hymns and songs about the love of Jesus, our Savior and Friend. I’m reminded now of His goodness in that first hour, allowing His people to gather, sing and pray for the night ahead. In one look around I saw nearly 100 people standing in a parking lot, hands raised in adoration for our King, singing His praises and pleading for His presence.
We split into groups and headed to areas of town where homeless men, women and children are often found. I jumped into a van with eight others and we made our way to an area under a bridge where the Metro runs. With honeybuns, water and help cards in hand, we got out of the van and began talking with the folks staying there.
Our group had on bright orange Takin’ Hope to the Streets t-shirts. Amongst a crowd of homeless people were orange shirts with hands praying and extending gifts of food, mouths offering hope and resources for help and hearts aching over the brokenness of our city.
Star of Hope Mission is a safe haven, where the homeless in our city can go for support, encouragement, food, shelter and love. In outreach opportunities like Takin’ Hope to the Streets, our hope is to let people know they are cared for and help them make the choice to leave a life on the street and seek change.
I met a young girl, very close in age to myself, and after offering her a snack and some water we started talking. Over the next hour we laughed, cried, prayed and shared stories about our lives. I keep thinking to myself, “this girl shouldn't be homeless.”
I’m praying hard that Jesus guides her to Star of Hope, prepares her heart for change and heals the broken parts of her life. Join me in praying for the thousands of street homeless men, women and families in our city, hoping He leads them to Our Mission. Our staff will welcome them with open arms.
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.