You might not realize it, but many times the homeless have to travel through addiction, mental disability, or physical miles just to have a meaningful interaction with another person, let alone one that plays by the same set of social standards demanded by many. This distance is a problem, and there is no overcoming it alone. So part of our work is to do anything possible to minimize the barriers on that journey. One such work was to throw a memorial service for one of the recently lost members of the homeless community.
Approximately 200 people showed up at Hillcrest Park for the impromptu service including family, friends and many people who have experienced homelessness at one time in the last 25 years. The Survivors motorcycle club, one of a few clean and sober motorcycle clubs in our area, was there and donated their time and money to provide barbecued tri-tip for the event.
Our very own John West was there using his culinary talents to slice the meat. The 5 dollar a month club donated all the other food and had a full serving line setup. If you don’t understand what a big deal this is, you normally have to put quite a bit of time and money into throwing an event and feeding 200 people. This gathering happened because there are people who are rooted in their commitment, doing the work and have vested themselves deeply in this community. I am blessed to be part of this work. When you take the time to look at the world correctly, which is to say, the way God sees the world, we are truly part of something amazing. God’s story is still unfolding.
Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven – Matthew 6:10