I feel like I bear partial responsibility, since I was able to read the initial post until Sunday NIGHT. Iffin I had read it Saturday, I would have definitely gotten on my knees for such a mission as that. Praise God!!
You know that Jesus wants us to preach to the poor!
the reason I wrote this post was to share some homeless outreach tips with you.
Your car is the outreach. You know how many times we see those poor lost souls with signs? "homeless, hungry God bless you".
Go to Costco, and buy one of those packs of 12 white socks, it costs around 13 dollars, then go buy small containers of liquid soap, say about a dozen. Then pop online to www.chick.com and buy some packets of Chick tracts....man I love those things, they are so so old skool, they're cool, strong gospel message, sin hell repentance and JESUS!! I love them. You can even read them all ON-LINE!! My personal favorite is "A Demons nightmare"....that's a good one.
Then go to www.ibs.org ....this is International Bible Society. Here, they've got some great Books of John for thrity cents a piece! and FULL Bibles for $1.99. just keep everything in the car with you.
If the Lord leads you, and you see them on a freeway off ramp, or there's somewhere you can stop....do it. Stop. Get out and ask them if they want a pair of socks. 999 times out a thousand a homeless person will say YES! Clean socks are such a desirable item on the streets...and liquid soap, etc etc. bring a tract, a book of John.
then you ask them their name, and then if they'd like a tract, or a Book of John, then you ask them if they want prayer.
(forgive me if you know all this already, I just get excited writing about homeless outreach, its even better doing, its even better than talking about this putrid election cycles and these p.....ah never mind, lol)
when they want prayer, now the exciting stuff starts to happen, and dont be afraid to touch them on the shoulder or ask to hold their hand when you both pray. Bless God.....at this time , doing homeless outreach, thats when I really feel the Lord holding me and them. Jesus is such a wonderful Savior! Jesus will take anybodies hand, no matter how dirty, how I desire to be as my Savior is, and how I desire to serve Him in this ministry of reconciliation!!!
Then in the future iffin your burden grows, see if there's a Second Harvest, or some other food kitchen, and begin to carry groceries in your car.
The car is the key, the car is the church.
Oh yeh, see if you can hook up with your local Teen Challenge Center, and when you develop a relationship with them, the Teen Challenge people, then you have the ability to take those who WANT to get off the streets and into a Bible-based recovery program.
God is so good, precious brother Jimmy, I'm praying for ya right now, that God makes that burden so intense, it pushes you face first to the floor.(in Holy Ghost prayer)
In Jesus love,
ps...for street prostitute outreach, get some nice roses, and when you see prostitutes on the stroll, you walk up to them (prayed up of course)_
and offer them a rose and say, "I just want to let you know, that when God looks at you, this is what He sees, a beautiful flower that is precious to Him. Jesus loves you." and then walk away.
I can tell you that their hearts will not be into their business that night.