Friday, November 28, 2008

hope on skid row.

this past thanksgiving morning, we had the privilege of sharing and providing food and clothing to the homeless and the needy here in our own community.

God was so faithful to meet what we needed and give us more than what we expected. i had a heart to help, $10 to give and a prayer to see God's will be done. i shared the vision with my bible study group and close friends. they caught the vision...and it spread to others. i was expecting to raise enough money to feed at least 50 people. instead we were able to feed 150 people with turkey sandwiches, cookies, oranges, capri-suns. and willete, who had done her own fundraiser as well, supplied 100 brand new knapsacks with toothbrushes, wipes, and hand sanitizers. people gave finances, clothes, blankets, socks and volunteered their time to prepare and hand things out. God was faithful to meet every need.

1 full van and 2 full cars drove to san pedro and 7th in downtown los angeles. we saw that these people needed love, needed help, needed hope. and to be an extension of God's love that hour was such a humbling experience. one of the men came up to me and asked me what church or organization we were part of...i said "none...we just wanted to do this for you to know that we care for you and that God loves you." he left with tears in his eyes.

they were touched by the food and things we gave. we were changed by their genuineness and the reality of their situation. seeing that brought hope to me. hope that no matter how "crazy" my situations is (coz it is quite crazy as of the moment)...i don't have it bad at all....and i can always look forward to waking the next day with praise in my heart.

as i was in the hospital visiting my mom, i reflected on that morning...and i remembered once again...that there is more to thanksgiving than getting great deals on black friday...or even making the perfect thanksgiving dinner. being on skid row reminded me that we should be thankful for the important things in warm hugs, family and friends. for beds and a roof over our heads...our health...for simple things that make us smile. because that is what makes life worth it.

"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:....Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter - when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?" Isaiah 58: 6-7

to those that made this possible...THANK you for being a vessel of hope. this wouldn't have been possible without your generosity and help. let's do this again real soon ;)

like the Starbucks cup says....try to...