One of the key tenants of the Christian life is helping those in need. There are poor and broken people all around, and any believer must acknowledge the need, as well as take action. When ministering to the homeless, you will gain key insights into those who comprise this population. Here are 3 things you might not know about homeless outreach Lemon Grove CA.
You may not realize that plenty of homeless individuals hold a degree. Life circumstances have resulted in unfortunate circumstances, but they put forth the same effort as anyone else when they were younger. Many homeless people are highly intelligent and well-informed, so keep that in mind when you speak to them.
Unfortunately, there are many veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces living on the streets. This is just one example of a career path previously forged by the homeless. Many of them were and still are very skilled in various trades. They enjoyed impressive positions in industries such as carpentry, painting, construction and welding before somehow getting knocked off of their feet. They may have struggled for years before being able to find a job again in the same field. They are often being paid very little for doing the same work as someone less experienced, but generously compensated.
It may seem as though a homeless person doesn’t have much access to or interest in religion, but many are Christians. They grew up in church and have attended services throughout their lives. Even those who don’t attend church are often seen with an open bible. Also, because of their need to feel spiritually connected amidst difficult circumstances, they likely study scripture more than the average churchgoer and can quote the bible on a whim. They enjoy having new people around to discuss religion with, as it stimulates their abundant intellect.
Ministering to the homeless is an enlightening experience that all believers should engage in. Not only are you helping others, but you are also learning about the world around you.