Friday, May 25, 2012


Springhill MBC, a church located on Hawthorne Road near Tent City, has created a church in the portion of Tent City that is near the bike trail and the downtown bus depot. We are just thrilled about it, and the homeless people in the area couldn’t be more pleased. They have erected a large tent with benches inside, and put up a ten-foot tall white wooden cross that is cemented into the earth and lit up. They are doing both food and spiritual outreach. This is wonderful! Most of the homeless folks are of the Protestant and evangelical faith, so it’s an excellent fit. They are enjoying the presence of a church and also hope that the ‘bad apples’ amongst them will decide to move elsewhere. I also feel that this is exactly the kind of outreach from the mainstream community that is needed for Tent City to win the respect and support of the larger, housed community.
Springhill MBC also has a long practice of allowing homeless people to fill their water jugs at their outside faucet. In honor of our friends at Springhill I am posting the following poem, written by St. Theresa of Avila, a 15th Century nun:
Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours,
yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion
is to look out to the earth,
yours are the feet by which He is to go about doing good
and yours are the hands by which He is to bless us now.
St Teresa of Avila
Liz, Diane and I were standing at the second stop, where we serve between 10 and 15 people on a typical driveout, discussing the possibility of having ice cream downtown on Tuesday nights. At that moment an old fashioned Good Humor Truck comes driving by, playing it’s song, the first one I have seen in many years. I reach out my arm and flag it down. There is zero communication between my arm and my brain, because when it pulls over I realize that I probably don’t have enough money to buy ice cream for everyone. I go skulking around to the side window, to see how far I can get. Then our Civil Indigent pulls out his wallet and marches over proclaiming, “Ice cream treats for everyone!” It was so much fun.
Thank you so much, all of you who brought us water, and please keep it coming. We gave out almost all we had last night. We are already in a serious ‘water stress’ situation.
Love and peace to everyone,
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