Yesterday I was at my favorite coffee shop, The Sentient Bean, where the crowd is always interesting [including an occasional homeless person wandering in or talking with a friend who is trying to help them out some].
Their new “take out menu” ends the description of the Bean & its services this way, “… we strive to be welcoming even to the strangest among us”. Now that’s a unique way to serve & welcome even the homeless who often get that label of “strange”.
I decided to put an old iPod in my ears with a FM Radio accessory. I also decided to change up on the stations & go searching for something new to listen to.
Not only did I find something new but God placed me on 89.1 in Savannah, GA. That’s “Air1.com” for those of you interested.
There was a show on at the time with “Sean & Mandy“. They were talking about several things, including having been out on the streets last weekend where homelessness was bad.
We will try to contact them to see where they were so that we can engage with them on their local experiences. If they weren’t in Savannah we still want to engage because we likely know someone who advocates for homelessness in their community. That’s the power of Social Media! We have built up a nice network of followers & friends in Facebook & Twitter to pass information along to!
They also brought up a contest based on the artist Josh Wilson’s song, “I Refuse To Do Nothing” (video above about the story behind the song & contest) called “Do Something“!
We entered that contest tonight with this story about what we are doing in this Advocacy!
We are developing an Advocacy for Homelessness based on the simple statement of “Love Your Neighbor, Love the Homeless”.
We do social media raising awareness & advocating thru blogging, facebook, twitter & building our network of like minds with other advocates & recruiting volunteers into the local service scene.
We develop, produce & present events geared at letting people see what serving the homeless & their needs can do for God’s Kingdom building.
We also volunteer in the community to minister to the homeless thru several other ministries where God has placed us where the focus is sharing the gospel in a loving, non-judgmental way.
We have many projects that are evolving & need funding to gain momentum.
Efforts to collaborate & bring the community together (business, government & social services) to better understand & serve the needs of the homeless in a comprehensive way with a focus on a hand up not a handout is our passion.