The Beginning of Something BIG!
The Lord has a calling for each of our lives. He has something He wants us to do to glorify Him and it’s big, Also, it’s going to be hard. I was reading an amazing book called Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris, two twins who run the site http://www.therebelution.com . It talks about doing something hard and huge for God. He wants us to help the needy, which is clearly stated in the bible.
"He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God." Proverbs 14:31
"If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother." Deuteronomy 15:7
"Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." Proverbs 31:9
"A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor." Proverbs 22:9
"If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered." Proverbs 21:13
"He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free" Psalm 146:7
I could write many more.
They desperately need us.
United States Homeless Statistics
3.5 million people (1.35 million of which are children) will experience homelessness in a given year.
Children under the age of 18 account for 39% of the homeless population. 42% of these are under the age of 5.
43% of the homeless population are women; 40% of these women are unaccompanied. 22% of homeless women claim domestic abuse as reason for homelessness. 25% of these claim to have been abused within the past year.
Families with children comprise 33% of the homeless population.
Vets constitute 40% of the homeless population.
1 in every 5 homeless persons has a severe or persistent mental illness.
25% of the homeless nationwide are employed.
(these statistics are thanks to: http://lahsc.org/wordpress/educate/statistics/united-states-homeless-statistics/ )
What exactly can we do to help the needy, aka the homeless? Imagine yourself on the streets every day. You can’t shower; you are covered in dirt and smell horribly. Every night you worry for your life as you lay yourself down to sleep; the crime rates are high in cities. If you are a female you can imagine what I could say about once a month. You have no food or drink and are desperately in need of it. You need a savior.
I want to help spread the good news of the Gospel while helping their needs. My plan is to make little bags with hygiene supplies and a tract. A tract is a pamplet presenting the Gospel, in case you didn't know. Maybe we could put in a granola bar, or something? This will take people’s help. We need money to start. We could make money by selling items such as homemade bracelets or hair bows. If you have a cheap craft that we could sell contact me! We could start ASAP! Any other ideas? E-mail me I am open to suggestions.
I need young people who seek God to help me with this. I need dedication and effort. Are you good at inspiring people? Help me write blogs and articles to get the word out! Good a graphic design? Design me posters to hang up around schools or other places to spread the word. Good at cheap crafts or something we can use to raise money? Donate your time and effort into making bracelets we can sell, don’t worry we won’t make you use your pocket money. It can be paid back to you with some of the profits. Anything else I have forgotten, e-mail me with it. Spread_Hope09@yahoo.com is the e-mail address.
The next step isn’t clear, brainstorm with me. E-mail if you want to volunteer and help out. It’d be so appreciated.