A homeless man bows his head

Food for the Hungry

by Juliette Newlin |

When I volunteer at the Isaiah 58 ministry, where we provide meals and other help to the homeless, I think about my youngest son and his circumstances. He started acting out at a young age, and for the last four years, my family and I have been living a nightmare. He was arrested for domestic violence and has not been allowed to live at home. So he has been staying wherever he can, and sometimes he has had to sleep on the streets.

I have had to change my phone number because my son is very emotionally and mentally abusive. I’m constantly checking the jail registry, and I’ve seen that he has been arrested two more times. He does not want professional help, he doesn’t think he needs it, for his mental and substance issues. This has been the most painful experience I have ever had to go through. I love him so much, and it hurts to know that he’s out there living the way he is.

Most of us go about our days and lives not thinking that tragic circumstances we see happen in other families will happen to us. But it did to me. Sometimes I hear about the circumstances that led the homeless people to where they are when we serve them in the ministry, and my heart breaks for them. It always strikes me how so many of them who come through the line are very thankful, and they make certain they let us know.

After we are all done for the night, I am the one leaving full and blessed.

After we are all done for the night, I am the one leaving full and blessed. I have had conversations with different people, and sometimes maybe all they needed was for someone to listen, and I was there for that too. We don’t know the circumstances of each person, but we know they need to understand, see, and believe that they are cared for.

The ministry was named after the chapter in the Bible that says, “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”

We never know whose life we may touch or make a difference in when we serve at a ministry like Isaiah 58. Please come out and serve with us; you will not regret it.

To donate winter coats to the ministry, drop them off in the boxes outside of Baker Room on Sundays.

For more info on Isaiah 58 head over to www.northshore.church/homeless.


 

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