Mustard Seed Stories – Laundry Love

by andy wade —

The Justice Conference two weeks ago in Portland was amazing. MSA’s booth was next to this funny booth with an umbrella clothesline with little bags of soap, balloons, and cards attached to it. “What’s that all about?” I mused. Then I visited my “neighbor” to find out just what was going on.

Last week we heard from Pastor Steve Kimes of Anawim Christian Community who ministers to and with the un-housed and mentally ill in Portland, OR. It seemed appropriate to follow that interview up with another “mustard seed” initiative designed to help those living in extreme poverty.

Laundry Love is one of several initiatives by Just One, an organization which:

“believes in an economic of enough that is established through the cooperative practice of sharing and redistribution. These practices are central to the Laundry Love Project, A Trashcan can Make a Difference and the Activist initiatives. We hope to see these initiatives expand throughout the US and overseas giving others the opportunity to be the enough for those living in localized poverty.”

What’s really cool is that the Justice Conference provided a place for Laundry Love and Anawim to connect, potentially providing clean clothes, blankets, and sleeping bags for the many anawim served by Steve and his community!