By Nick Galezewski
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and cloth you?’…The King will reply, ‘Truly, I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’" Matthew 25:37-40
For many of us, New Year’s Eve serves not only as a renewed reminder of the Hope that Jesus gave us, but hope that this next year will be better than the last – a better self, developing better relationships and becoming a better follower of Christ…in short, it renews our hope to thrive. But for many of us, the hope to thrive is a luxury superseded by the hope to simply survive.
This New Year’s Eve, as most of Milwaukee’s Soup Kitchens were closed for the day, BASICS Minister to Milwaukee and Executive Director of Genesis Lighthouse, Frank Woods, with the help of dozens of volunteers, once again served the City of Milwaukee’s homeless population during its annual New Year’s Eve Outreach #NYEO.
Of the dozens of people assisted that day, 3 stood out:
Carla, an elderly woman, who the night before slept outside without warm clothes, was blessed with a coat and shelter for the night at Joy House, a Christian Homeless Shelter. As she was leaving, she could be heard thanking God for his provisions.
Bea, a homeless atheist was also blessed with a warm meal and clothing. Despite prayer and gospel sharing she refused the help of a faith-based homeless shelter instead choosing to remain with friends.
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