With new people wanting to help out now, we thought it would be best if we shared our purpose and the guidelines around achieving that purpose.
To build community within our own community, from the meal makers to the delivery volunteers and to the people we serve. Our desire is to end hunger and homelessness in our community while sharing hope, love and compassion.
“It is a beautiful thing when folks in poverty are no longer just a mission project but become genuine friends and family with whom we laugh, cry, dream, and struggle.” – Shane Claiborne
1. ALWAYS go out in at least two’s. Safety is also in numbers. Jesus always sent his disciples out in 2 or more. Wherever two or three of us come together in community, God is there among us.
2. Deliver meals with no other agenda than to show you care and are willing to listen if needed. They WILL see God thru your actions and won’t need your words. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
3. Please keep the focus off any 1 particular church. This opportunity is for anybody that is willing and therefore has a variety of churches that participate. When asked what church you are from you can reply “there are several different churches helping the Jesus Was Homeless organization. I’m personally from _________ church.”
4. Be patient! It takes time to build the relationships but if you are committed weekly it will come.
5. Always be looking for God to show himself. Sometimes it comes in the ones we serve, other times it comes from the ones serving. God says to take good care of strangers, for we could be entertaining angels without knowing it (Heb. 13:2). Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me?
*Quotes from Shane Claiborne’s “The Irresistible Revolution”*
We cannot say we love God and pass by our hungry neighbor.
How can we worship a homeless man on Sunday and ignore one on Monday?
Mama T says that “we can’t understand the poor until we begin to understand what poverty is like.”
I’m not convinced that Jesus is going to say, “When I was hungry, you gave a check to the United Way and they fed me”, or “When I was naked, you donated clothes to the Salvation Army and they clothed me.” Jesus is not seeking distant acts of charity. He seeks concrete acts of love: “YOU fed me…YOU visited me in prison…YOU welcomed me into your home…YOU clothed me.”
True generosity is measured not by how much we give away but by how much we have left, especially when we look at the needs of our neighbors. We have no right not to be charitable.
The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them away.
Christians are not called to be cool. Instead we are to be extraordinary and hang out with the not-so-cool, the people sitting in the lunchroom alone, folks who talk to themselves and have distinct aromas.