Andrew Hughes | Category: Announcements; Mission
A few weeks ago, our church body had the privilege of taking part in ALIVE 2013, an event that serves the homeless of Pittsburgh, run by Living Ministry.
A number of people donated clothing for the clothing tables and we also had 11 individuals who volunteered their time to come out and serve at the event in various ways: helping at the clothing give-away booths, praying with/talking to people, and helping with crafts/activities.
You can view a few of the pictures we took while there as well as read Living Ministry's recap and hundreds of pictures from that day.
Why did we choose to be involved in such an event? It's not only a great opportunity to meet others and share the Gospel with them but it's also a great opportunity to learn from those there who are in very difficult situations. These types of situations are often where you realize you have a lot more to learn than you have to give. Sin has not only brought a brokenness and Fall to the soul, but also to all of creation. Many of these individuals face the realities of a physically broken and Fallen world to a degree most of us will never face. This should never create a superiority complex of "they just need to get a job" or "they just need to stop being lazy." Homelessness is far more complex than that. The effects of sin are far more complex than that. Additionally, the Gospel isn't "Hey, just pull yourself up by your bootstraps!" or "God helps those who help themselves." Thankfully, Christ entered this very broken world itself, endured that brokenness for us (even homelessness) and overcame it in a way we never could on the cross. This should engender humility and care. "If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, be warmed and filled,' without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?" (James 2:15-16, ESV)
If you have an interest in homelessness, Tent City, USA is a very good documentary that deals with the realities and misconceptions behind it.
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