A Solution for Homelessness

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We don’t want to disperse ‘bandaids’… we are into digging… digging for the root.

Every problem has a root. From the root source is where the fruit becomes.

If we only cut the ‘plant’ or ‘problem’ from the surface, without pulling up the roots- guess what?

The problem still exists, and will continue to grow.

If the fruit we see is poverty, addiction, mental illness, broken relationships, hopelessness, homelessness- we desire to trace the fruit to the root.

If we only focus on relief, without discipleship and restoration, it becomes a perpetual ongoing cycle with no end in sight.

Nothing changes.

But, if we focus on the root cause, and long term relationships-restoration can be attained.

As born again believers and followers of Jesus Christ, we ALL were once broken, hopeless, indeed- ‘homeless’ without Jesus.

We didn’t have a firm foundation to rebuild on without Jesus… until someone took the time to notice us, and invest in us, and in introduce us to Him.

Jesus. This is where discipleship begins. This is where restoration begins. This is where homelessness ends.

Our ministry, HELPING THE HOMELESS, is a 501 (C) 3 tax deductible non profit with a vision, mission and purpose.

VISION: We exist to minister and disciple the homeless or extremely poor men, women and children through God’s love.

MISSION: To fulfill God’s mandate to ‘GO YE into our communities and meet the spiritual and practical needs of the hungry, thirsty, naked, and imprisioned homeless or extremely poor through the love and preaching of Jesus Christ (according to Matthew 25:35-40)

PURPOSE: The purpose of HELPING THE HOMELESS is to demonstrate the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ. We desire to transform lives through encouragement, training, equipping, restoring and transforming individuals to live independent on the Word of God.

Relief and restoration are different—but they both matter.

Relief can happen without relationship, but restoration can’t.

Relief and restoration are different—but they both matter.

We decide to run fast with relief or go long with restoration.

Relief is immediate, temporary help to reduce suffering during and after a crisis.

Restoration happens through long-term relationships which rebuild people, families, and communities back to their God-designed wholeness.

Both matter.

If people don’t have food, clothing, or shelter, they need immediate relief. This is the responsibility of the church, not the government.

However, when we choose to get to know people, we see each other for more than their needs and our resources.

Part of our vision is ‘CAMP RESTORATION.

A place where the homeless, broken and hopeless can come live for a year free, find hope, be mended and be restored with a Christian 12 month discipleship plan building a firm foundation on the Word of God, with a Foundation of Faith, and training for anger management, job skills, budgeting God’s way, and to prepare them to restart in life equipped to succeed.

After they leave, there will be ongoing mentoring for 18 months, with a 200 hour serving requirement and 10% tithing back to Camp Restoration, and they become part of helping others.

To contribute to our ministry and help this vision come to be, click here:

Helping The Homeless Ministry website

We care about the WHOLE person: spirit, soul and body.

There is a way to help without enabling or hurting. We aren’t bandaids dispensers. We are disciple makers. The goal is Restoration, discipleship and a personal ongoing relationship with Jesus.

“Human beings are multi-faceted, implying that poverty alleviation efforts should be multifaceted as well. If we reduce human beings to being simply physical, as Western thought is prone to do, our poverty-alleviation efforts will tend to focus on material solutions. But if we remember that humans are spiritual, social, psychological and physical beings, our poverty-alleviation efforts will be more holistic in their design and execution.” 

—Brian Fikkert, When Helping Hurts

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Life’s a Journey

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Life is a journey…

Made up of peaks and valleys, many roads-some long and narrow, some bumpy, some treacherous, some winding, and some seem never to end!

Many times, we start on our path, believing we know the destination-but as we go-we realize each curve in the road, each intersection-is more challenging than the last.

All the variances and places in between ‘here and there’ in the roads we travel in life are being used by God in shaping us, molding us, into His image.

Sometimes, we set our cruise control, sit back, and enjoy the beauty in our surroundings!

Sometimes, the scenes are splendorous and breathtaking!

We travel through so many different sceneries!

The snowy peaked mountains, rolling hills of countryside, changing fall colors, the plains…

Miles of corn fields, and wheat farms-sometimes even alongside the oceans… sweet fragrances to enjoy, and we reflect on Gods beauty everywhere.

Not every road in our life’s journey offers beautiful scenery-

Not every stretch is pleasant…

(Or enjoyable.)

Sometimes- when we are traveling, we get stuck in traffic.

It’s NEVER convenient. NEVER planned. Just as we thought we were making progress…bam!

In one hundred degree temperatures.

Sometimes, the air conditioning stops working-and life gets sticky, unpleasant.

Sometimes we have to roll our sleeves up, and our windows down.

Sometimes, instead of the enjoyable fresh country air, and sweet aromas of honeysuckle- instead, is the stench of cow manure from the dairy farm, or from the garbage truck next to you!

This IS life.

God will use each part- every mile of our travel, especially the little side trails where we wander- and will use them for His glory.

It may not ‘make sense’ to us-and may not always ‘feel’ good…

Sometimes, part of our ‘journey’ seems as if we are stuck in a tunnel for miles and miles…with very little light surrounding us to help navigate clearly through.

Yet, as the song ‘Waymaker‘ goes-

‘Even when I don’t see it, He’s working-

Even when I don’t feel it-He’s working-

He never stops-never stops working, He never stops! Never stops working!’

God takes the little things we don’t usually understand and works them out for our good.

Listen-

Hear His voice, the still, small voice on the inside-

Rest in Him.

Trust in Him.

Do what is right, even when it’s hard.

Don’t compromise.

When the rose bush is being trimmed, the pruning process is painful at the time-but it’s so necessary for the growth and blooms about to follow!

When God’s doing the pruning, He will make it right.

I read a devotion this morning that made me think along this lines, ‘Simple Living’ (TearFund). Here’s an excerpt:

God is in the business of taking small, tiny offerings and using them to create a huge impact. The small, smooth stones in David’s sling. A little boy with five loaves and two fish. The tiny mustard seed. A widow’s last few drops of oil and flour for a final meal with her son.

We often think of what we lack. The problems are too big; the world is too broken. But God is able to do abundantly more than all we could ask or imagine. He’s blessed us with creativity, ingenuity–and each other.

In considering the small things we can do and when we are uncertain of the way ahead, we can be encouraged that God takes our small steps–and our offerings along the way, inadequate though they seem–and breathes His life through them for His glory.

Chew over the words in Psalm 84:5 and thank God for the blessings He gives to those who set their hearts on pilgrimage.

God is for us! He is with us-through every step of our journey. He is faithful, and will never leave us or forsake us.

It’s easy to enjoy the enjoyable seasons of our lives… trusting God during the difficult times is where we see our inner character outwardly.

When we are stuck in a season when everything seems to be crumbling around us- the spotlight highlights us in moments of raw transparency-

Remember… the journey of life continues… this particular ‘mile’ will fade., bringing us closer to our destination.

Like a road map, so are the days of our life. All have meaning and purpose.