Stories of Homeless People
Everyone has a story. Even people that are homeless. In fact, sometimes, their stories are the most gripping, realistic stories we hear. Many of these people did not choose to be homeless. Life has dealt them some pretty horrible cards. And, instead of giving up, they are struggling to stay alive and have good attitudes. Nothing about their lives is easy.
God cares for all people, including those that are homeless. Helping the homeless is an expression of our Christian mission. Consider the following:
“Help the down-and-out. Stand up for the homeless. Go to bat for the defenseless” (Isaiah 1:17).
“Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully” (1 Peter 4:9).
“Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight” (James 1:27).
What are some ways you can share the love of Jesus with a homeless person?
1. Speak to them. Many times, homeless people are ignored, making them feel invisible and judged. Making eye contact with them and and saying “hi” gives them dignity.
2. Listen to them. Homeless people are often lonely people. Many of them are hard on themselves and have self-esteem issues. But they all have a story. And they love to share it! Our church has breakfast with homeless people every week. But we do not simply serve the food; we sit down with them and talk with them. We intentionally form relationships with them. Listening is an act of love.
3. Give to them. Giving does not necessarily have to be about money. I cannot tell you the number of times I have given food or leftovers to someone on the street and watch him gobble it up like he was starving to death. Yes, some people are charlatans, but we never know if someone is truly in need. So why not err on the side of grace? We need to find out their needs and serve them.
For more information about homelessness and how to help, go to 10 Online Resources About Homelessness.