Yesterday as I have already posted on my main stream, I went to the ‘tent city’ in Lubbock where over 100 people live. They are homeless and have no place to live.
There are portable toilets, a building which stores their food in freezers etc.
They are not able to light the commercial gas stove because the city requires them to get a category 1 (what ever that is) vent hood for the stove. It will cost them over $4,000 to buy and install. They don’t have that kind of money so they cook on hot plates and crock pot type cookers.
Tech donated several of these poles to light the Army tents these people live in! Isn’t that awesome!
I hate to say I ‘enjoy’ homeless people, but I feel sorry for them especially this time of year. They have no Christmas, no food, no heating or cooling and other amenities we take for granted.
As Christians we must take care of these people. Yes, I know, there are those who have no personal drive, no feeling of hope or a future, but through Christ Jesus, their outlook can change.
We must reach out to them with physical needs, part-time jobs and tasks, as well as Spiritual needs. They need Jesus!
I remember going to homeless shelters in Dallas. It hurt so much
to see the pain of the children. Children who went to public schools, hung with the gangs and problem kids because they didn’t fit in, and when Christmas came, there were no gifts for them.
Psalms 91 Ministries (before we had a name) would go and seek donations of toys, clothing, food, etc, from so many to help all year ’round.
I miss doing that ministry. I miss seeing the bright eyes of the families and kids when they realized they got ‘something’ from Santa. Then we would share the Gospel with them, letting them know there is hope through Jesus.
Homeless are all around us. Where we live, there are 100’s of homeless with in 100 miles. We have Lubbock; Hobbs, NM; Odessa and Midland, TX and the sand hills and the poor Mexicans who live on the boarder of Texas and Mexico.
I don’t care what people feel about various cultures (races) they are all God‘s children. We must help them.
Beth and I have been given the opportunity to relocated near to Dallas and ‘re-plant’ a church. We are still praying about that, but it seems God may be leading us that way.
The “church” of today is not the church Christ has called us to be. We must reach the unsaved, homeless and poor, and those down and out.
I have prayed about starting a wood working shop for inmates and homeless to make small furniture items and crosses of various styles. Giving them something to do, a sill, and provide income for them and the ministry.
If we take the opportunity, we will need even more your help as we will be located beside a low-income housing project, near homeless and poor, and hundreds of inmates coming out of prison.
This is what I feel we need:
a. wood shop for work and income (I have tools)
b. ‘neighborhood’ outreach vehicle to go into poor areas with food, fun and Bible study
c. housing place for inmates leaving prison to get a hold of society as it is today. (many do not even know what the Internet is much less FB)
d. After school program for tutoring children with snacks and activities.
e. expand our Bible School and prison ministry
f. have a church which will attract young people, preach the Cross of Jesus Christ,
g. AND MOST IMPORTANT: see kids, families, former inmates come to Christ and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit!
Our churches must become like the Temples and synagogues of “old”. Temples were sacred, holy places of worship adn synagogues were ‘community centers” for education, social interaction, and skills development for life experiences.
If we feel led to take on this new opportunity, we will have the facilities to do all this and more. Our sanctuary will seat nearly 500, plus classrooms, lots of land outside and more. You can’t imagine how this could really be a blessing to us to be able to do all God has called us to do without spending a fortune for property!
Please remember Psalms 91 Ministries of Texas for your end of the year giving. We must reach the world for Christ!