Friday, July 31, 2009

Homeless Person Week 2-8 August

a Biblical thought...
"Please hear our petition and pray to the LORD your God for this entire remnant. For as you now see, though we were once many, now only a few are left. 3 Pray that the LORD your God will tell us where we should go and what we should do." (Jeremiah 42:2)

a Book thought...
From my youth until this very day the subject of holiness has always had an unspeakable charm for me. (p55)
a Dave thought...
2-8 Aug: Homeless Person Week
Every night in Australia, around 105,000 people are homeless. Half are under 24 years old and 10,000 are children. 1 in 40 children under 5 use a homeless service each year. The largest single cause of homelessness in Australia is domestic and family violence, which overwhelmingly affects women and children. Much preventable homelessness is caused when people exit from institutions into unstable housing situations. The waiting list for public housing is 16 years. For people at extreme risk, waiting time is 12 – 18 months.

I encourage you to not only think and pray about homelessness but also to get involved. You can do something practical like raising funds or maybe expose yourself to the realities of living on the streets. Next Tuesday (4/8) evening a group of us are planning on sleeping out on the streets in Glenferrie for a night, to help us get a sense of what thousands face every night around this country. I encourage you to plan to do something similar next week and get involved in this very real issue.

Just a thought.

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