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Day #14 GOODchristmas:: Homelessness

Change only happens when we have the courage to look at ourselves and our world as it really is. When we do, we’re often brought face-to-face with pain. It’s only when we face suffering, confront it, and work to overcome it, that we experience growth. –  Mark Horvath of Hardly Normal and Invisible People

Too often when we look at people that are homeless, we judge based on how we think they became homeless. Even the disciples thought like this. When they saw the blind man they asked

“Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?”  But Jesus response was one of love, compassion, and ACTION. 3-5 Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do.”

Homelessness is an adjective, only a part of where someone is at, not an all encompassing of their humanity. The definition of homeless is “having no home or permanent place of residence”. Period. Today, check out http://invisiblepeople.tv/blog and met the faces of homelessness. Listen to their stories – ones filled with lost dreams, but also hope. See if their 3 wishes are not much different than your own. Then, take a large packet of socks with a gift card to that homeless person that came to your mind when you started reading this.

 

Day #7:: Orphans

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27 (NIV)

 

ARTISANS: “Listen to the Heartbeat” – Aimee Gonzaga & Ben Price [Newsong Irvine | 11.07.2010] from Newsong Church on Vimeo.

God cares deeply for orphans…

We see this not only in the new testament in Jesus’ teachings, but also in the Old testamant. God has called us to visit with those that are orphaned, “episkeptomai” in the greek, as He episkeptmai with us with Jesus. Christ did not have brief chat with mankind. His visit was a direct, personal interaction with mankind.

In the US (in 2004) there were 2.9 orphans. Today there are estimated over 143 million orphans in the world. That is enough children to go three times around the world at the equator.  – OrphansHope.org

 Today’s GOODxmas call to action is to find a local foster care agency or international orphanage that you can send a gift or meet a need. Really feeling the heart of God for the orphaned? See how you can be more regularly involved in the life {lives} of children in the foster care (local) or orphanage (global) – start building a relationship with them – GET INVESTED!

I could point to alot of resources around me if you need help with this. Here’s a link to my church’s website (Newsong) that focuses on helping the orphaned.  If you want our need more specific help you can email me at shannon{dot}overpeck at gmail {dot} com.

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Day #3:: WorldView

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“Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.” – St. Francis

Make an ornament with a picture of a child that you sponser – involve the members of your family (or roommates). Pray throughout the day for him/her as well his/her family and village. If you can, buy a special gift through the sponsor organization for his/her family or village. If you don’t sponsor a child choose a country to focus on, or start sponsoring a child today.

World Vision

Compassion

“The world of the generous gets larger and larger;
the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.
The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed;
those who help others are helped.” Proverbs 11:24-25

“Love put into action is a compelling and attractive worldview”. – Rich Sterns

Have you ever experienced a random gift that was just what you needed at the moment?

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