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intentional activist

intentional activist

Most towns have many organizations that help people living outside. Chattanooga, TN, for instance, has two rescue missions, a community kitchen, homeless healthcare center, the homeless coalition, which has a goal of ending chronic homelessness, and many faith based services for people living on the streets. All of these are great programs that do great work for the homeless community. But if you ask them what they are doing about the people that are not coming to their location for services,...

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God helps those who can’t help themselves

God helps those who can’t help themselves

We have a lot of axioms in America that sound good from an Americanized Christianity, but have no basis in truth. One common phrase I hear is, “God only helps those who help themselves.” Or I’ve even heard it, “God always helps those who help themselves.” Either way this is presented, it is completely wrong and damaging if it determines how we respond to people. Job was doing everything right. He lived a righteous life, he made sacrifices daily for his family, and God took notice of...

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dare to be effective

dare to be effective

I was recently faced with the question, “What is an effective way to witness to the homeless?” Before I deal with the answer to this question, I want to address something about this question. The point of witnessing to anyone is to present the gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news that our sin debt has been paid and we can live forever because of the work of Christ. This question, though innocent enough in the intent for which it was asked, demonstrates a great divide that exists in our...

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how to begin a homeless ministry

how to begin a homeless ministry

I wanted God to call me to Africa to be a missionary. I wanted to serve Him in such awesome and sexy ways as everyone loves an African missionary, right? A few years ago, God began messing with my heart. I was being drawn to the homeless in my own city. I didn’t understand it. I’m a suburban girl and had never really ventured to the side of town where the homeless congregated. I headed off one weekend to another state to stay with a friend. We gathered in a...

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[study] social media has made teens more aware of needs of others

[study] social media has made teens more aware of needs of others

According to a new 30 Hour Famine study, almost half (44 percent) of American teens say they’ve become more aware of the needs of others thanks to their social media usage. The survey commissioned by World Vision, a relief and development group, revealed that four out of five teens (80 percent) use social media and that two out of three (66 percent) agree that the benefits of social media outweigh the risks. 30 Hour Famine is the world’s largest teen hunger awareness campaign involving more...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you live in the United States, today is Thanksgiving Day, a holiday celebrated with turkey dinners, American football, and holiday shopping (especially Black Friday). In the midst of the commercialism, it’s easy to forget Thanksgiving Day is a tradition filled with Christian connections. If you’re celebrating with family, here’s a quick little history of Thanksgiving you can read together. No matter where you celebrate the holiday today, take a moment to pray together...

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