As we continue to minister to the homeless people of Orlando, we are seeing a lot of the same people over and over again. In this photograph you see from left to right, Lee, myself, Ernest, and Connie with her grandson. We have seen all 3 of these people numerous times. It is heartbreaking to see them continue to live this way, but helping people does not always mean there is a quick fix. We are being obedient to Christ's command to love them, and the rest is up to God.
This is really the first time we have encountered a small child on the streets. It appeared he was there with Connie's daughter, who had come to bring things to her. Connie just got out of a 2-month rehab, but confessed to me that she is not doing drugs, just consuming alcohol. Connie was one of the very first people we ever saw on the streets.
We have grown so fond of Lee. He is a veteran of the Navy. We met 2 men a fews weeks ago who are with a group called Project Hope. They were on the streets trying to identify any and all veterans. Today we were finally able to put Lee in touch with these men. As I am writing this blog, help for Lee is available, if he will finally choose to get off the streets. We are praying that Lee will give up the homeless life and re-enter into a normal life. In speaking with Lee, we do know that he is a believer. God wants so much more for him than living on the streets!
In Christ's Service,
The people we met today were:
Ed, Sherry, Cathy, Lee, Ernest, Nancy, Connie (her daughter and grandson), Tiffany (has 4 little boys, but lives on the streets), and a woman who was clearly strung out on drugs.
Homeless People of Orlando, Florida
Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida
Orange County Correctional Facility
Friends and Families in need
Heart 2 Heart – Women’s Residential Seminole County