Guest post by Keith Price

You catch him out of the corner of your eye. You know what is going to happen next.Understanding our Homeless Neighbors

He is going to come up and ask for money or food or give you some excuse about his situation. All you want to do is get in your car and go on with your life. This guy has nothing in common with you.

You are almost to the car and safely on your way but then you recall something that you read in your morning devotional from Psalm 139.

Verse 14 is the response of David as he is praising God because “I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” You begin to ask yourself, if I am fearfully and wonderfully made, then does that mean everyone else is too? How will you respond?

This is not an attempt to guilt trip you into doing something you do not want to do. It is an attempt to get you (and me) to question our motives and our perceptions of the homeless. On Tuesday November 5 at 6-8 pm we have the opportunity to hear from ministry partners on how they are working with and helping our homeless neighbors.

  • Come listen to a lively discussion from Marlon “Big Dog” Brown of SOS as he relates his story of homelessness.
  • Jamey Lee will describe how Jacob’s Well is helping overcome obstacles in helping the homeless.
  • Lemar Walker with Christ’s Community Church will paint a picture of how we can move from enabling to empowering the homeless.
  • Tana Vanderhooft will describe how Ruth’s Heart was created to help the homeless find the resources they need to get off the streets.
  • Emily Rachiele with the CUMC Benevolence Ministry will surprise you with a story of how close any one of us is to becoming homeless.

Do not miss this chance to gain greater insight into our homeless neighbor and to connect to ministry opportunities.

Register for attendance and childcare at cumcmemphis.org/equipping

Contact Nathan Brasfield 261-4386 or  nathanb@cumcmemphis.org for more information.

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