When you take a family photo and you’re in it, who is the first person you look for? What makes a picture with you in it either good or bad? That’s right. You’re smiling already. You. If you look good, the picture is a keeper. If you don’t, delete it!
We all have an image of ourselves in our heads. Some of us have it accurate. Some of us don’t.
Most of the homeless women and men we serve have been told their whole lives that they are worthless. That they would never amount to anything good. For many, the words their father or mother used to call them are too vulgar to even share here. They were literally curse words.
Curse words shaped their image of themselves and they lived out those words.
Many people in our program feel that God is angry at them. That He is disappointed with them. Maybe somewhere along the way, a person in a church told them how evil they were.
God isn’t angry with them. He loves them even though they hate themselves. He believes in them when they don’t believe in themselves. He’s seeking them even when they are running from Him.
God isn’t angry with them.
He sees the treasure in them. After all, He created them. He sees beauty in them.
People struggle with how to help a homeless person in a way that is transformational instead of temporary. Our long-term, Christ-centered residential programs provide whole-person restoration so that our clients can live abundant lives.
People struggle with how to help a homeless person in a way that is transformational instead of temporary.
Our donors and volunteers make the difference in helping to reshape how our clients see themselves. When they finally see themselves like God does, they go on to live full, abundant lives.