“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.” Mother Teresa
Poverty is the condition of having no money, goods, or support with NO power of access. When we think of poverty we default to believe that poverty is solely rooted in economic hardship. Yet, there is a deeper, more devastating poverty: the profound, catastrophic loss of family. This loss is the root of homelessness.
Getting to personally know formerly homeless friends like Alan (pictured above) has radically redefined my preconceived judgments of brothers and sisters who have spent years living on the streets. In Alan’s case, he spent close to 20 years sleeping in places not meant for human habitation. His life was a nightmare. Now, Alan is experiencing a full life. Spiritually, he is beginning to understand the crazy love of God and the newness of life in Christ. Alan is a valued part of the landscape and gardening team at Community First! Through the support and care of the community he is making progress. Please pray for Alan. Recently, his wife passed away and he is journeying through the heartache of grief. But as Alan shared, “I feel alone, but I know God is with me and so is my family at Community First!”
Thank God that we get to be like a family to Alan and the 250 disabled, chronically homeless who will soon be moving to Community First!
Come join us Sunday, November 22 at 4:09pm for The Gathering at Community First! We’ll worship under the tent, connect with friends and enjoy a special THANKSGIVING dinner. Kids are welcome. Please RSVP at this SignUp Genius link and take advantage of some awesome ways you and your family can serve. This will be a powerful way to be infused with gratitude and while grabbing a front row seat to see what God is building at Community First!