Mission to the Homeless
August, 2012: Our youth group made a wonderful, potentially life-changing trip to Denver, CO to distribute "care bags" to the homeless. We first visited a homeless shelter and got information on a safer part of the city to visit, a park. On the way their our van broke down, and we had to be shuttled in groups to the park. But, we got there, and the kids excitedly distributed the bags we took.
We had 80 bags and thought it would take a long time to distribute the bags. It didn't. The kids fanned out in groups of 3 to 5 apiece (always with an adult present), and people started coming to us.
We were able to get in quite a few conversations. My youth group was excited to hear some of the stories the homeless had to share. They heard stories about drugs, family dysfunction, crime, and running away from home. You'll hear one of the stories in the video below.
Irony: in the same park where we found over 100 homeless people a wedding party was gathered to take photographs.
Our kids gave a report on their trip to Denver.
I was very proud of our kids. They have deeper insights than we might imagine! I was proud of how they did in Denver and of their talks to the church.
The homeless are with us. And, as one of the kids said, they are people, just like us.
Can you name the most famous homeless person in the world?