Each One Has a Story

Today Barbara, Betty and I headed out to share our pillows along with the love of God. Every time we approach someone, we have no idea if he has mental illness, or is violent, but we trust God that He is with us every step of the way.  And each time is different! The first person we approached was Otis, a very nice man.  I asked him if he stayed at the local shelter, and he said no, because his things were stolen there.  He would rather stay in the woods! I thought, "Wow!  Homeless stealing from each other!" 

 

 One of the first things a homeless person asks is if we have clothes, or hygiene items. My heart aches when I have to say no.  Each person out there has a different story. Nine out of ten times they are very nice and harmless people who are caught up in a rut for some reason.  I have always said that just because a person is homeless does not mean he is not a real person.  He could be someone's mother, father, brother, sister, daughter, son, aunt, uncle, or even someone's grandparent!

 

We have come across so many people that are so lost and so lonely that it just tears us up that we cannot do more for them. But, I have to tell you, a homeless person has ways to get help.  There are resource centers. The problem is that they really cannot stay off the drugs or alcohol long enough to get the help needed to get off the rollercoaster of addiction and homelessness.  The cycle is like a tornado. Can you imagine being an adult and only having the clothes on your back or not being sure where your next meal will come from or where you can lay your head that night? There are untold thousands of homeless men, women and children right here in the United States.  Rather than sitting around and talking about the problem, let's get out there and try to help these homeless souls, even if it is just by giving them a meal. We need to show the mercy, love, and grace that God shows us every day. 

 

In His love,

Cathieann

 

The names of the people who received pillows today were:

Carl, Heather, Robert, Jerome, Jimmy, Carmen, Tiffany, Charles,

Shordan (Pops), Michael, Tony (Skillet), Martin Pedro Jesus

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  • Linda (Sunday, June 22 14 07:06 pm EDT)

    What a blessing these beautiful pillows and God's beautiful love become in the hands of you who serve!

  • Dianne (Tuesday, July 15 14 08:33 pm EDT)

    These are awesome stories of God's love shining through this ministry! Thank you Lord for the makers of the pillows but especially I pray God's presence with each recipient. May they be kept safe in
    your sight Lord.

  • brandie hammock (Friday, January 02 15 04:08 pm EST)

    I am homeless and have received 2 of your beautiful, comfy pillows that I cherish deeply!! Thank you all so very much for them. Thank you. Brandie (my friend let me use her phone to comment)

  • Mary Webb (Monday, March 09 15 02:49 am EDT)

    I just want you to know that I read your "Pillow Project."It is so inspirational. You all have done such a good job.I pray God will bless all of you and give you the strength to spread the Gospel all
    over Orlando.

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“And if you give yourself to the hungry,

And satisfy the desire of the afflicted,

Then your light will rise in darkness,
And your gloom will bec
ome like midday.”

Isaiah 58:10 

Pillow Recipients

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

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