By Lenette Evans
We are ALL
one paycheck away from being homeless. Politicians don't respond to the
people...imagine living on the streets when you are hungry, haven't
eaten in days, scared for your life with no place to go for shelter. It
is frightening especially at night. You end up sleeping under a bridge,
in a dumpster, or in a doorway and don't know if you are going to get
beaten up or shot.
How can people praise God in the church and walk by a homeless person
on the street?
How we look at a homeless person makes a difference. We need to look at
a homeless person as a person -- not as someone who is not worthy. Most
people who are homeless without adequate health care live only to about
50-55 years of age. Homeless people at one time had a home and a good
job. We spend billions of dollars for a war but... we won't give a
homeless person a hamburger to eat.
Every person living on the street has a story to tell and others in
society think it will never happen to them. You just never know and
everyday in America someone is losing their job, forced to put their
home up for sale, and their car gets repossessed.
Homeless people get put on the back burner in society and need housing
and public restrooms! In Benton Harbor, Michigan 97% of the people live
beyond poverty levels. We are in serious need of leaders and the
community to rise up and for a revival of the Holy Spirit to come
alive. Its not about how many people you can pack into a church, but
how effectively you impact your community around you.
So how do you change a city? The answer is for people to get
involved...ADOPT A BLOCK!!! ADOPT A BLOCK works effectively in other
cities and neighborhoods across America and it can work in Benton
Harbor! Whether its taking food, cleaning the streets, planting
flowers, or playing with kids we need to show God's unconditional love
to these families.
I attend First Assembly Of God Church in St. Joseph, Michigan. We have
a church ministry bus that goes through the neighborhoods in Benton
Harbor on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights to pick up adults and
youth, and children that want to attend church and programs we
offer.... so if you see the church blue bus flag it down and hop on the
bus or call myself or the church for pickup.
People are hurting and want people to listen to their story and their
heart. We need to show them that Christian love that someone truly
cares. I was feeding the poor one day when this young girl who was a
prostitute and cocaine addict came by. I walked over and gave her a big
hug and told her I love her and Jesus loves her also as I handed her a
plate of food...It put a smile on her face.
Did Jesus turn his back on you or felt that he had a day off? NO! He
worked 24 hours a day and reached people, feed, and loved them and did
whatever he could on a daily basis. So what is your plan on
making a difference in the community? ACTION speaks louder then
words... and there are a whole lot of dead Christians that need to stop
being dead corpses in the church and to seriously RISE UP and make a
godly difference in the community for JESUS!
From the Editors
article on this page points out,
homelessness today can affect anyone. Government is
the poor as America's cities are
reorganized around the global economy and corporate
Homelessness today is an
indictment of the capitalist system. In today's economic and political
conditions, it is incurable. It results from the elimination of jobs
due to automation. These
gone forever. What can we do? The
power of society must be brought to bear to compel the
to house everyone in