[anzac] HOMELESS in THE CRISIS - A Testimony

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Fri, 07 Oct 2011 22:54:40 +1300
-by Kim Duke.

Andrew... you say:
“In Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina there was one Spirit-filled
Fellowship that was “thriving” in the midst of the chaos. They had
filled their sanctuary with food, clothes, and emergency supplies
of all kinds – and they were ministering to hundreds… I cannot
tell you how important this is, if we want to “thrive” – not just
“survive” – through this current crisis… So will you be a “light
shining in the darkness” during this present crisis, my friends?”

My husband and I have heard this call, and have decided to answer
it in the only way we know how. We have both been collecting
unemployment (until recently--mine just ran out) and living with
family, but our hearts just weren't in returning to the beast that is
the work world. We felt drawn to do some sort of outreach to the
homeless and down-on-their-luck folks in San Diego (which is
where I grew up. SD has a large homeless population owing to
the mild weather).

So, we sold our truck and bought a van (that's big enough for us to
modestly live in, with our cat and dog), and last week we left Texas
(where we were staying with his family, after my husband received
a medical discharge from the military).

We set out for San Diego (where I have my family) with $235 and
a little bit of food, not knowing how we were going to afford to get
where we were going, but believing that the Lord would provide.

(And, he has!) I went on Craigslist and found someone who was
looking for a ride for part of the way (in exchange for some gas
money), and that was enough to get us to San Diego.

Once we got here, we decided to camp out at the beach. We've
met a bunch of people, and gave away some of our extra blankets
to some homeless men who let us share their fire.

The next night, we ran into a group of Christians who were also
having a bonfire, and we told them a bit about ourselves and what
we wanted to do.

As we were leaving for the night, someone handed my husband
a wad of bills (we were down to our last few dollars, and had earlier
been praying for our needs to be met). It turned out that he gave us $283!

We're planning on using most of the money to buy a bunch of
blankets from local thrift stores, and also whatever food we can
get inexpensively, to hand out to those we meet.

It's been amazing to see what a little love (in the form of meeting
someone's basic needs) can do, to bring a smile to someone's face.

Where there is great darkness, even the smallest bit of light can
make a huge difference.

God is good, and he gives his children good things. If people would
but trust completely in him, they would be amazed at what he can
accomplish through our imperfect little vessels.

Even though the US is going through some very dark times, those
who believe in God need to remember that the Lord loves us, and
will provide, as long as we walk in his ways and seek to do his will.

And, through doing his will, a nice side-effect is that you might be
amazed at the blessings that come to you.

If we truly believe that God is in control of all things, then we must
be happy and content with just sowing seeds--trusting that the
Lord will send whatever is needed to help those seeds take root and grow.

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