7 For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves. 8 If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 Christ died and rose again for this very purpose—to be Lord both of the living and of the dead. – Romans 14:7-9 (NLT)
We are often asked “Why do you have “Happy Faces” on your bags of food, T-shirts and vans?” When we began Jesus Was Homeless we knew that we wanted to deliver food to the weekly and extended stay motels. After much thought and discussion of what that would look like we decided to deliver a “sack lunch” of food in a plain brown paper bag consisting of a ham or turkey sandwich with cheese, chips, juice drink, string cheese, granola bar, fruit cup, dessert item, mustard, mayo, napkin, spoon, scripture verse and a resource sheet.
We discovered right away that the “passing out of food” to the motels was a new and unique concept that was often met with “deer in the headlights” looks. When we knocked on the doors and tried to give out a “sack lunch” of food, people were often hesitant to receive it. They looked at us, questioning why we were giving out perfectly good food and what we wanted in return for accepting it. Typically, it became a long and exhaustive conversation over and over again that “we just wanted to” and nothing was expected in return.
We knew we had to come up with some sort of “ice breaker” soon to help overcome this awkward silent moment door after door, week after week. We decided to switch to white paper bags from the brown paper bags and draw a smiley face on each one using different colors. Since McDonald’s has so graciously provided the buns for the sandwiches from the beginning we felt we could safely use the term “Happy Meal”. Thus, when we knock on a door now, we present a sack lunch with a large smiley happy face and say we are passing out “Happy Meals”.
A couple Thursday’s ago, during our meal delivery time, we decided to attend the memorial service of Mark Pajak, the man that had recently died from cancer in his motel room. His service was at 7:00 pm so we took a short break and our group went to pay their last respects to a man most of them didn’t even know. Bryan and I were not sure if very many people would attend so we felt led to go and show support to his girlfriend and 2 year old son. Sadly we were right, there were not very many in attendance – maybe around 15 – 20 people and it seemed as if they were primarily family of his girlfriend. It made me very sad to think that his life had touched so few and that his last moments were spent alone in a weekly stay motel room. I have always loved the saying, “But by the grace of God, there go I”, but sitting there that night it truly hit home. I realized that at times like those we tend to reflect upon how truly blessed we are and ask God to use us for His glory but than life stirs back up and it seems so easy to forget. I pray that God helps us to remember moments like those – moments that are meant to change our hearts and our actions towards those less fortunate.
We knew from the first time someone asked to donate to Jesus Was Homeless that not only did we need to be good stewards with the donation but we needed to be transparent as well. So after completing our first tax year as a not-for-profit we have posted out Income & Expenses on our Resources web page so that anyone may view or print them. If you’ve been considering donating but weren’t sure how the donations were being used you will be able to see everything here. Also note that we have no payroll as we operate all by volunteers. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
*2009 MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY*
Well we didn’t win the $10,000 for our Make A Difference Day contribution but we still Made A Difference. You can see our “Official” letter and certificate on our Resources web page and remember you can still view the photos of the garden on our Gallery web page. Please check it out. As far as finishing our garden, well we’ll have to wait for the rain to go away for awhile so we can get the other load of dirt.
*CHURCH ARMY FAITH PROMISE 2010*
The 8th annual Faith Promise Banquet is set for May 7th at 6 pm. You can sponsor a table for up to 8 people for as little as $200. I challenge you to sponsor a table and fill it up with the broken, the homeless, the addict, the unloved and the unwanted. Show them what today’s Christian can look like. If you don’t know any of these type of people, let me know and we can provide you a long list of people you can invite. If you want to see the results of GOD’s transforming and renewing power in people’s lives then I invite you to please attend. You will hear some awesome testimonies!! The information is posted on our Resources web page.
We are in need of some toiletry items as we would like to pass out 1 bag a month. You can drop them off at CenturyLink on Hwy 248 or give Amy a call at 335-0266 for pick-up. We could use the following items: *Deodorant, Razors, and Shaving Cream*
I haven’t had any takers on my “Food Voucher” program idea. If you know of any restaurant that throws away food each night, please ask them to consider offering food vouchers that we could distribute so that the wasted food could be used to help those in need. For more information or to brainstorm ideas please contact us.
I ask that you would pray for this out-reach as the need continues to grow. We will now be delivering 360 meals a week. Specifically, that we will continue to impact lives, change hearts, and renew the image of Christians, while being the hands and feet of Jesus and that we continue to let God lead, whatever that should look like.
Have a blessed week, in Christ,