When I lived in New York, I had the opportunity, through my church’s young adult group, to spend an evening walking around with a police officer, an EMT, a mental health professional, and a social worker. We visited known areas where those experiencing homelessness often slept. Our team provided them with care kits, wellness checks, and the opportunity to get out of the elements for the night and stay at a hotel. It was an eye-opening experience that I will never forget, which changed my perspective. For the first time in my life, I witnessed the humanity that is often ripped away from this section of our society.
How often do we see people experiencing homelessness standing on the on-ramps and off-ramps of 35W, holding a cardboard sign, and waving at drivers as they pass by? How often do we avert our eyes to avoid being forced to acknowledge their plight?
This year, the Our Lady of Peace community is striving to help our brothers and sisters in Christ who are experiencing homelessness. The beneficiary of our Lenten Generosity Appeal is Walking with a Purpose MN.
When asked about his organization, founder Todd Feske says, “What makes [us] unique is that we go to where the homeless are camping. Twice a week, we are out with our buses filled with needed supplies to survive outside in all kinds of weather conditions! We visit around a dozen different areas and serve 75-100 people per week.”
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says to His disciples, “... whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
How are you answering the call to assist these brothers and sisters of Christ?
This year, we aim to raise $17,500 to support Walking With a Purpose MN's vital mission of providing for those experiencing homelessness in our communities. Please pray for this organization, those experiencing homeless, and consider generously supporting our Lenten Generosity Appeal.
Supporting contributions can be made by clicking here.
Director of Communications &