It was another 90+ degree day
The was sun beaming down as we joined Maryhaven's outreach team to homeless camps, providing summer relief.
We loaded the truck with bottled water, hand sanitizer, masks, and new undergarments fresh out the package. Off the path and into the wooded areas we went in search of neighbors to meet and people in need.
As we reached and entered several camps many of them were empty, at least for the day as their occupants were out pursuing food and other necessities. Then we came to one camp where a group was huddled in a tent, talking and resting. "Can we offer you any bottled water or supplies?" Thankful for the relief they joined us heading back to the truck. This gave us some time to get to know them a little and see how they were doing.
Helping One, Matters
One by one we handed each of them supplies and they turned back to the camp. One lady was the last to head back and I asked, "is there anything you would like prayer for?"
Pausing for a moment she responded, "I need to get free from drugs". "OK let's pray." As I took time to pray and call on God, she began to lean in as if to say "I'm ready for change." Afterward she went over to the counselor and requested to sign up for housing. Signing up for housing also meant committing to drug rehab and change! Maryhaven will surround her with the support resources to help with her change and moving forward.
Is there anyone you know in need of help? Do you see people you don't know with a need? The answer is likely yes, looking at the challenges facing society today. Can't help everyone? No problem, just find one to share the love and kindness of God with.
"Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
A big thank you to our local Walmart for helping sponsor undergarments for those in need!
Stephen Neal is the Executive Director for Consider the Poor. He has a passion for extending God's love to those in need and has pursued that passion through various levels of ministry leadership over the last 20 years. He has also served in various corporate management roles with a specialty in problem solving, operational excellence and breakthrough performance.