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What I learned from my homeless guests

Mar 11, 2020 4:51:56 PM

Last fall, just before Thanksgiving, a couple acquaintances of mine were on the verge of homelessness. It was crazy timing. They didn’t know each other. One of them I hadn’t seen in 30 years. Our only connection was Facebook. She had been somewhat transient—living with friends or family, house-sitting/pet-sitting, staying in a shelter—for years. Everything she owned fit in the backseat of her car. The other was a more recent friend who had gone through a series of job losses. She had made really good money at one time and had a storage unit full of belongings. They had lived very different lives, but they also shared some commonalities: they are both divorced; they both have one child; they are both in their sixties; and they both were being asked to leave their current living situations with nowhere else to go. They were both in a jam, and I offered them a place to stay.

Relief vs. Development: Diagnosing Causes

Oct 16, 2019 3:32:54 PM

Relief is not enough. Unless a move from street to housing is accompanied by development of the person, that person will continue to live in poverty.

The Gospel and the Gathering

Mar 21, 2019 12:07:00 PM

Homelessness has reached a crisis point in Spokane. What does the Gospel have to do with this important issue?

A Ministry of Emotions

Mar 30, 2017 4:40:19 PM

God wants us to bring all our feelings to him. Sometimes he shows us love simply by entering into them. We can show love to each other the same way.

Does God Hate the Rich?

Feb 10, 2017 11:23:23 AM

Does God's particular tender care for the poor mean he doesn't love the rich? What is the biblical way to see rich and poor?

The Prodigal Daughter

Mar 27, 2015 3:20:00 PM

JoAnn Zajicek retells the story of the Prodigal Son in a new way to speak to women in recovery.