An act of caring…in my neighborhood

This story, concerning my neighborhood, aired on our local news last night. It caught me by surprise so much, I found myself weeping when watching it. At the same time I also wondered about the churches in my area: how many of them opened their doors to the homeless during this deep-freeze (wind chills here Monday reached 32-33 below zero). I tried doing a search to see if any reports were out there of local churches opening up their sanctuaries, but didn’t find any. Sadly when I called around to inquire, I was told probably not many if any did, as one woman told me over the phone, “they’d not want their sanctuaries dirtied”. Pray this lady was wrong….

Anyway, God bless this man and those who contributed. 

BELLEVUE, Ky. — A man in Northern Kentucky made it possible Monday for some homeless people in the area to get a warm night indoors.

The homeless folks said they’ll be forever grateful they have somewhere warm and comfortable to go. WCPO reporter Amy Wadas spoke with some of those people.

A homeless shelter is never a guarantee of warm shelter, especially when it gets up to capacity during freezing cold nights. Everyone without a home wants a warm place to sleep, but there is not enough room to house everyone who needs a place to stay. The colder it gets, the faster the shelters reach capacity. So, a man in Northern Kentucky decided to help open some doors. Brandon Scott Perry, with the help of some volunteers raised enough money to put 12 homeless people up at the Comfort Suites in Bellevue. (more with news clip-video)


2 comments on “An act of caring…in my neighborhood

  1. I often wonder whether God would be much more pleased if every church building was built primarily as a soup kitchen, a homeless shelter, or a home for delinquent teens and then use the building a couple of times for worship which would include those we are ministering to. But instead large building lie dormant for 90% of the week because they are used for the comfortable gatherings of people who return to the comforts of their lives after the service ends. These buildings are such a waste of money and could be used to reach out to sinners.
    But Constantine would probably have objected.

    • Yes, i’ve thought the same thing. I can remember a group of us having a similar discussion years ago concerning our church after realizing, sunday services, and a wed. evening mid-week service and that was it–the remainder of the week the building just sat there empty.

      A lot of people, even some politicians, have been harping about the government social programs we have here in the US, saying most of what these programs do, could (and should) be handled by local churches. In other words churches should be feeding and caring for the poor, etc. because they did in the past. Frankly Henry, i can’t see it happening. It should…but it won’t. Most churches do not see it as part of their job, to care for the locals in need. My mom told me when she was young that churches did do just that.

      Yes, i believe Jesus would be pleased to see His body using their meeting places to minister to people in all manner of ways; not only feeding the spirit but caring for the physical needs of people as well. In my imagined town, church doors would never be closed and locked. They would be open 24/7 as a place which welcomed all and offered food and care for both body and spirit.

      Isaiah 58 comes to mind,

      Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him;…

      And Matthew 25,

      ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!

      42 For I was hungry
      and you gave Me nothing to eat;
      I was thirsty
      and you gave Me nothing to drink;
      43 I was a stranger
      and you didn’t take Me in;
      I was naked
      and you didn’t clothe Me,
      sick and in prison
      and you didn’t take care of Me.’

      44 “Then they too will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or without clothes, or sick, or in prison, and not help You?’

      45 “Then He will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me either.’

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