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30 January 2009

Clothing and Wood

Tomorrow (January 31, 2009) we will be taking firewood and clothing to the homeless. Blogger and friend Christy Ellis' husband called me this week to get this going for tomrorow. Right now there are three of us going, and more hands (particularly if you own a pickup truck and can carry some wood) are needed. I'll be getting some more information regarding already-available wood, but I would also like to know if you have any wood that you'll donate. Some have donated clothing that we'll be taking, and one specific request last time we were there was for female effects (clothing that I wouldn't/shouldn't go purchase). E-mail me to let me know.

Contrary to popular assumptions (these are things I used to think, and I I'm sure that I'm not the only one), the great majority of those we've met in these camps:

1) are not alcoholics
2) are looking for work or hold low-wage jobs that don't pay enough to get them out of where they are, as employers sometimes take advantage of their situation
3) don't want to remain there

Of course there are exceptions. I've heard it said recently that they should get a job (why am I suddenly thinking of Bruce Hornsby?). There's definitely validity in that. But ask yourself: would you hire them? or is that for someone else to do?

Along with other helps for the needy that our church fellowship provides (like a food pantry and monetary benevolence), this is done in obedience to Scripture; here are a few verses of instruction (these things aren't presented as electives, by the way):

"Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed." - Proverbs 28:27 (NLT)

"What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, 'Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well'—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?" - James 2:14-16 (NLT)

[John the Baptist, speaking to a crowd of people being baptized:] "Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God... The crowds asked, 'What should we do?' John replied, 'If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.'" - Luke 3:8, 10-11 (NLT)

"Jesus said to [the rich young ruler], 'If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.'" - Matthew 19:21 (NKJV)

While we are not selling our possessions in this case, we are taking something we would have used for ourselves and giving it away.

If you're in the Madison/Huntsville, AL area, please let me know if you would like to go with us, and if you have firewood or clothing items. We'll be leaving Wall Highway somewhere in the area of 11:00 tomorrow (or earlier, depending on whether or not we have to make house calls to pick up wood). I assure you, not only are we helping others, but it is a massive blessing to be able to do it. You'll see what I mean.


Anonymous said...

You need to look up the ministry of Kurt Salierno. He has an amazing story! He ministers to the homeless in Atlanta and is married to one of my favorite Christian teachers/speakers Lori Salierno.
~Lori B.

Anonymous said...

You need to look up the story of Kurt Salierno. He ministers to the homeless in Atlanta. He has a really cool story and ministry! He is also married to one of my favorite speakers/teacher Lori Salierno.

~Lori B.

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