We were doing some outreach around the Harry Hines area and we met this small group of people who live in a run down drug house. We have been to this place 3 times now. They WELCOME US WITH OPEN ARMS and have asked us back every time. If fact, I just got off the phone with one of the guys who lives there because he just wanted to call me and ask when I was coming back!
The last time we were there we talked to this group for awhile and just got to know each other. In the group was a man who is an alcoholic and who knows what else. Also in the group was a girl who is a heroin addict who we think is selling herself to get money for drugs. We spoke encouragement to this girl and saw tears in her eyes and then we asked if we could pray for them. Of course they wanted us to pray! We all held hands right there and we prayed for them. As I prayed, it hit me. Who is going to love and reach this group? Here we are, working on a street mostly known for heroin addiction and prostitution, in a run down drug house. Who will reach them and who will reach those like them? You know sadly and most likely the answer is nobody. When I hear these people speak to us I feel hope, but there is no hope without people going to hurting people and loving them.
After we prayed, they were making comments like, there are no churches around here. Well of course I know there is, but the reality is that the churches are not actively seeking out these kinds of people and even if they did, addicts most likely will not feel comfortable going. Who will reach them? Whoever is reading this, it is our hope and prayer that you will respond with a yes to go.
We will continue to go back and pray for lives to be changed.