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There are many different ways to help the homeless, ranging from simply providing them with a free packaged-meal and some Gospel literature, to going as far as providing a shelter for them to temporarily lodge for the night to escape the brutal cold. I would definitely recommend giving out blankets, gloves, hats and warm clothing during the winter months. It is heartbreaking to see someone living in a cardboard box in an alley as a makeshift home. It is common in big cities to see the homeless living down in the subways, away from the chilling winter winds, or sleeping on heated sidewalk air vents from nearby skyscrapers. The homeless are often shunned, despised and inhumanly treated by business owners. They are often beaten, bullied and robbed. Where are the poor to go? BIBLICAL MANDATE TO HELP THE POOR “But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” —1st John 3:17 Homeless people are dear to the heart of God. Most people today are selfish, having a nice place to live, and only think about themselves. As Christians, we ought to be different from the unsaved world, exemplifying the Lord in our daily lives. The Bible teaches us in Philippians 2:4-5 . . . “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Jesus was always thinking about helping OTHERS, which is what Philippians 2:4-5 says we are to do also. We ought to constantly look for opportunities to do things to help those in need. The hallmark character trait of being a Christian is genuine concern for others. “Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble” (Psalm 41:1). “Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy” (Psalm 82:3). “Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked” (Psalm 82:4). “He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor” (Proverb:14:31). “Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy” (Proverb:31:9). These are just a few of the multitudes of Scriptures that command us to help the poor and needy. SOULWINNING AND THE POOR Helping the homeless must NEVER take precedence over preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ . . . “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing ... Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth” (1st Corinthians 13:3,6). The word “charity” here means LOVE. 1st Corinthians 13:6 tells us that genuine

Biblical LOVE rejoices in THE TRUTH. Sadly, many apostate religious groups today such as the Salvation Army have compromised their convictions, spending most of their time helping the needy at the expense of preaching the truth. What does it matter if we feed the hungry, cloth the naked and shelter the homeless if they die and go to Hell because we failed to preach the Gospel to them? I wouldn't give you a dime for any ministry that is not aggressively preaching the Gospel and placing the truth of God's Word at the forefront of their ministerial efforts. This is critically important. “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?” (James 2:5). “And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled” (Luke 14:23). Soulwinning is every believers calling and duty. God said in Luke 14:23 that He wants His house “filled.” The Bible commissions us to “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in.” One of the biggest problems with most churches today is that they meet behind closed doors a few times a month, but never obey the Lord's command to “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in.” Many churches operate more like a secret occult organization than they do a New Testament church. What behind those church walls? How will people know if you don't have outreach ministries? If we are to obey the Lord's command to “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in,” then we must “Go out.” This means putting forth a conscious effort to reach the lost for Christ. In Acts 20:20 (often referred to as the soulwinner's 20/20 vision) the Apostle Paul went soulwinning HOUSE-TO-HOUSE publicly . . . “And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house.” That is God's method of winning souls—public evangelism. SAFETY The foremost concern when dealing with the homeless should always be your own safety. It is a matter of common sense. ALWAYS have someone with you. It is unwise to minister alone in today's society. It's also recommended to minister in the daytime only, preferably in known areas where homeless people reside. It would be very helpful to speak with other ministries in the area who work with the homeless. Never trespass on private property or enter into secluded areas that may compromise your safety. Also, be aware of the reputation of the neighborhood you're in. Every major city has certain areas that are just too dangerous for ladies and children to enter into. Avoid high crime areas. If you do enter into such areas, keep in mind that there's more safety in numbers. The goal is to reach the poor for Christ and meet some of their basic necessities without getting mugged in the process. If you meet a homeless person who you feel needs medical attention, call 911 for them. It's not recommended to let them ride in your own vehicle, unless you have a partner with you. However, even if you have a ministry partner, NEVER allow someone of the opposite sex to enter into your vehicle. You can't be too careful these days. The Bible admonishes us to be careful . . . “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished” (Proverb 22:3). “Abstain from all appearance of evil” (1st Thessalonians 5:22).

Also, it's never wise to wear expensive jewelry or watches when in public. If you come across any stray dogs that look threatening, reach down as if you are going to pick up a rock. This scars away nearly all dogs. It really works. I guess they know from experience. Matthew 25:35, “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in.”

WHAT TO GIVE THE HOMELESS I RARELY give more than a dollar or so to people who ask; but I often give $10 to $20 and food to poor looking folks who don't ask. If they are asking me, I don't know if they're sincere or not; but if I'm offering something to them, and they're not asking, then I know they're sincere. I look for homeless people everywhere I go and keep a stack of The Gospel of John in my car to give them with some money inside. Homeless people are dear to the heart of God. A lot of people condemn giving money to the poor on the basis that they'll go buy alcohol or that they're insincere. That's why I choose who I give money to instead of waiting for them to come to me. When people ask for money, I keep spare change in my pocket and give them a little change, but it's less than a dollar. They thank me. However, when I see a poor person and I choose to give them money, I make it $20 and a Gospel of John. That's how I do it. Unless I suspect alcohol or drugs, I generally always give people something, even if it's a quarter when they ask. It's good to get into the habit of giving. When I was younger I didn't care enough to look for homeless people to help. And I hardly ever gave anything to people who asked, because I thought they were all bums. As I've grown older I've realized that, except it were for the grace of God, I'd be homeless myself. I may be homeless tomorrow. I don't know. I heard someone say that their future is so bright they have to wear sunglass. I replied that my future is so grim that I have to wear night-vision goggles. I live in agonizing pain 24/7 because of disk problems in my neck. The surgery failed to help in the least. People don't understand why I'm so miserable. As I once heard, Life is what happens to you when you're making big plans. I've never loved homeless people so much. I'm not too far from being homeless myself. God has placed a burden upon my heart for the poor and homeless. There's nothing in this world that I need or want, just give me Jesus. When I was in West Los Angeles, California, for my neck surgery, I gave a little change away to a man who asked for some money, and then I didn't have enough change to ride the bus. I was 25 cents short. I was mad at myself because I had to walk quite a distance to get more change. But you know, I'd rather be this way than a greedy person who never gives anything to anyone and dies a miserable person. My reward is in Heaven. I plan to keep giving... after I get on the bus. Most of the time I give them $10 to $20 inside a Gospel Booklet of John (These are T.C. Horton editions of the Gospel of John, which contain much helpful information. T.C. Horton was a faithful Bible teacher at Moody Bible Institute in the early years before they went liberal. I have a few of the originals from 1922. These Gospels of John are a homeless person's best friend. They mean everything to a person who has nothing.)

It is best not to give money to the homeless if they are in an area known for crime, and you think they may be at risk, it just makes them more vulnerable to be robbed. Unfortunately, some of them will spend the money on alcohol. If I see an alcohol bottle or smell liquor, then I don't give them any money. I don't want to add to their problems. Alcohol is dangerous. Tragically, many homeless people freeze to death during the winter months. The alcohol makes them feel warm, even though they are freezing to death, and they die. Each situation is different and unique. I knew personally of two different men in toronto who died this way. I hate booze! Consider what items you would likely need if you were homeless. It's a good idea to assemble some basic necessity gift packages, containing perhaps some of the following items: • New Testament Bible (the Gospel of John would be ideal) • doctrinally sound Gospel literature (which use only the King James Bible) • gloves, socks, earmuffs, scarf and blanket (during winter) • Vienna hotdogs in a can (with easy open lid) • pre-cooked, easy-open foods • Soft snack foods (many of the homeless have dental problems) • Snackables (cheese and crackers) • bottled water • today's newspaper • fresh fruit, nuts, a few pieces of wrapped candy • comb, nail-clippers • A couple small packs of Advil • tissues, handy-wipes • chapstick or lip-balm • hand-lotion for dry-skin • toothpaste and toothbrush • McDonalds gift certificates • Addresses and phone numbers of nearest helpful shelters (enclose $1 in change for phone calls) • Addresses and phone numbers of nearest godly churches • a handwritten note of kindness (it may simply be a brief note; e.g., “given in Jesus' name”) • It's helpful to place all these items in some type of cloth carrying pack that they can continue using. • a small pillow (“...the Son of man hath not where to lay his head,” Matthew 8:20) . . .

“He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker:

but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.” —Proverb 14:31

I wish you God's blessings In Christ's service and Love Rev. Garry W. Cuthbert

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