homelessness

Coming Home to Emmanuel

Coming Home to Emmanuel

– Andy Wade – This past Sunday marked the 28th day the Hood River Warming Shelter has been open this season. I’m reminded how, for some who have “no place the lay their head”, the days seem to drag on – especially those frigid winter days when you’re desperately waiting for the shelter doors to(…)

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Power to the People!

Power to the People!

by Steve Kimes – While Linda was on the street, she was always called “Mom,” especially by the young street kids. She was a grandmother who adores little ones, but don’t get in her way. She’ll tell you what she thinks of you without hesitation, and she’ll keep all the young ones in line. The(…)

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And Now a Word from Our Sponsor…

And Now a Word from Our Sponsor…

by Steve Kimes – Years ago there was a group of churches, all of whom had food ministries to the poor of one sort or another, and we were discussing how to do our ministries better.  The question came up: how can we minister to the poor who come to us?  They aren’t looking to(…)

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Welcoming Home

Welcoming Home

by Steve Kimes – Joan and Cliff walked in late to the worship service. Their clothes had holes, and who knows when the last time was Joan had brushed her pink-dyed hair? During the prayer service, Joan stood up and explained that she and Cliff were about to lose their housing and that they needed(…)

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For Those Who Have Ears to Hear

For Those Who Have Ears to Hear

by Steve Kimes – There is a program in Portland, as well as many other cities, in which the most needy homeless are granted an opportunity to move into an apartment for six months, cost free. The idea behind this is to give a homeless person an opportunity to get off the street permanently. At(…)

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Safe and Sound: Being Compassionately Wise

Safe and Sound: Being Compassionately Wise

By Steve Kimes – I have a friend, Bert, who is a strong follower of Jesus and also is homeless. He travels from church to church, from homeless ministry to another, receiving when he must and helping when he can. He’s often a bit too loud, and sometimes he just has to suddenly leave, but(…)

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Tearing Down the Counter

Tearing Down the Counter

by Steve Kimes – Part of a continuing series on poverty, homelessness, and community It was a good night to serve It was cold, but no freezing rain or snow. More than a hundred hungry people from the community were in the basement, waiting in line for a meal. A group from a local church(…)

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Mustard Seed Stories – Anawim

Mustard Seed Stories – Anawim

– by Andy Wade – One of the things we enjoy at Mustard Seed Associates is discovering the imaginative mustard seeds of hope and change being sown around the world. At the Justice Conference in Portland, OR this past week, I had the opportunity to catch up with Steve Kimes, Pastor of Anawim Christian Community(…)

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