September 2017

In the 37 years since he joined the Navy out of high school, Jody Littleford has worked. Hard.

Launching and landing aircraft on a carrier. Loading, driving and unloading trucks. Building displays. Construction. Electrical work. Plumbing. Fiberglass repair on boats. All physically taxing jobs.

Jody didn’t mind that. “I love working, actually.”

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Volunteer Spotlight: Jon Garcia, Men's Shelter

A Spokane resident since the 1970s, Jon Garcia loves to soak in the beauty of the Inland Northwest while walking his dogs. Traversing various state parks, Jon often came across trash from abandoned homeless camp sites. He made it part of his routine to clean up the areas and worked with the park rangers to keep people from camping there illegally. After a few years of getting people to “move along,” he felt God nudge him and give him a different goal: “I needed to stop sending the homeless away and start telling them about Jesus instead.”

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What is the Loving Response to a Homeless Person?

Editor's Note: This column was originally published in The Spokesman-Review on September 10, 2017.

An abbreviated version of this quote by author Thomas Merton has been popping up on my Facebook feed: “Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.”

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