• Homeless Ministries

    "If there is a poor man among you, one of your brothers, in any of the towns of the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand to your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks." (Deuteronomy 15:7, NAS)
     

    Homelessness is not a new problem. Throughout Scripture we are reminded to care for the needs of the poor. The church, motivated by genuine love, is the natural body to address homelessness. While most people experiencing homelessness are sheltered, nearly four in 10 are living on the street, in a car, or in another place not intended for human habitation, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness.  As you meet the considerable needs of the homeless, never forget that need for Christ.

    You can begin to help now by doing the following types of things:

    1. Visit your local shelter and learn from their efforts. 
    2. Visit with your mayor or police chief to discuss homeless issues. 
    3. Gather a group from your church and discuss the issues of the homeless in your area and how you can help. Issues include:
       
      1. What about the children of the homeless? What do they face regarding clean clothing, food, and education. 
      2. Discovering how many homeless people are in your city. 
      3. Looking at special issues women face when homeless. 
      4. Evaluating your groups talents, skills, and resources to combat homelessness in your city. 
      5. How you can share your findings with other members of your church.
       
    4. Take up a collection of personal items or funds for homeless people. 
    5. Remember the homeless are like you. They want to celebrate birthdays, holidays and special events too. Think of ways you can assist them in these celebrations. 
    6. Homeless people can have significant untreated health problems. Consider how you can help them get healthcare needs met. Perhaps a few nurses can set up a blood pressure check, chest exam, or HIV test. 
    7. Pray for the homeless in your area,

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