A little disappointed.


As I started doing this blog on our {and others} homelessness I was sure there would be more than a few that would feel compassion if nothing else. We have no need for sympathy because we are sure when we keep the faith He will keep His promises. We are learning that through all this we are going through He has been faithful and always sustained us. We have so many people that we have met that have been moved by our faith, Have prayed for us and encouraged us but through out the USA and around the world I have not had one comment of any kind about our situation or the plight of so many people around the world that have no home and therefore no hope.  This could be someone you know, are related to or have just met on the street. Some want no better BUT  many do!

I have been moved by the stories we have heard from some of these people. Family, friends and others have let them down and even looked down on them. I keep thinking that as Gods people we should remember to love them as Christ loved us. Totally unselfishly. It’s so difficult to watch as people look down at the ground as they pass by the homeless or just simply look the other way as they do not exist. My goal is to tell our whole story sometime on WordPress.org unless He tells me otherwise. The story is actually about God and His walk with us. He never forsakes us.

I truly cannot think of anything else to say except how so hurt I am that it appears no one out there seems to care. Not sympathy please. Just someone care about these people, and pray for us.

English: A man sleeping on the street of The B...

English: A man sleeping on the street of The Bowery in Manhattan. The sign is for luxury condos. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A little{?} public news


A little{?} public news.

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A little{?} public news


      Hi again,

 Just a little news today that I thought a few of you might be interested in. Homelessness in America ia a Big problem. Read this please:
Some statistics regarding homelessness in America

More than an estimated 750,000 homeless people are on the streets any night in the United States. Only 250,000 shelter spaces are available.

This situation leaves over 500,000 people with no where else to be but in public (US Conference of Mayors, 2001).

Atlanta has roughly 2,600 shelter beds in the Metropolitan area; estimates of the homeless population, in the Atlanta area range between 11,000 and 20,000 (Research Atlanta, Inc., 1997).

The Northeast Georgia Homeless Coalition estimates that 246 adults and 27 children are currently homeless in the Athens area alone. 
Some statistics regarding homelessness in America

More than an estimated 750,000 homeless people are on the streets any night in the United States. Only 250,000 shelter spaces are available.

This situation leaves over 500,000 people with no where else to be but in public (US Conference of Mayors, 2001).

Atlanta has roughly 2,600 shelter beds in the Metropolitan area; estimates of the homeless population, in the Atlanta area range between 11,000 and 20,000 (Research Atlanta, Inc., 1997).

The Northeast Georgia Homeless Coalition estimates that 246 adults and 27 children are currently homeless in the Athens area alone.

Homelessness in the United States

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
 

Homeless American

Homelessness in the United States has continued to remain a focus area of concern of social service providers, government officials, and policy professionals since its resurgence among many types of individuals and families.[1] The number of homelesspeople further grew in the 1980s, as housing and social service cuts increased and the economy deteriorated. The United States government determined that somewhere between 200,000 and 500,000 Americans were then homeless.[2]

Over the past decade or so, the availability and quality of data on homelessness has improved considerably, due in part to initiatives by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the US Department of Health and Human Services, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and several nongovernmental organizations working with homeless populations. Since 2007, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued an Annual Homeless Assessment Report, which reports to Congress the number of individuals and families who are homeless in the previous year, both sheltered and unsheltered, in order to standardize data and collection processes for government officials and service providers.[3]

According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, there were 643,067 sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons nationwide as of January 2009. Additionally, about 1.56 million people used an emergency shelter or a transitional housing program during the 12-month period between October 1, 2008 and September 30, 2009. This number suggests that roughly 1 in every 200 persons in the US used the shelter system at some point in that period.[4]

According to the United States Conference of Mayors, in 2008 the three most commonly cited causes of homelessness for persons in families were lack of affordable housing, cited by 72 percent of cities, poverty (52 percent), and unemployment (44 percent),[5] and top ideas to stop homelessness were more housing for persons with disabilities (72%), more or better paying employment opportunities (68%), and more mainstream assisted housing (64%).[6]

I truly hope we can grasp how our country is heading. In my opinion I believe there are more homeless people out there than our country can keep up with. I hope this is an attention grabber for many. Most people are compassionate and caring. Pray for our leaders to be guided by Christ. It’s the only way to help.

Thank You,

 Steve M

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One more day


As we go along on this journey we have met some very interesting people. As I mentioned before I have not started the full story and how He has constantly sustained us, rewarded our faith even when it was wavering and always kept us safe. It is amazing how people see us and all the other homeless people we know and even have briefly met. There are many that suffer from mental illness, drug addition or drinking problems. These also are Gods children and we must see them this way. Remember, “We are to love our neighbor as ourselves.” Saying this, We must treat them with as much dignity as possible.

There are many that are homeless that are very normal people. Highly educated, Well trained or years of experience that are having a very difficult time. My wife and I have both talked with them about their walk with and encouraged them with our own walk with Christ. We know that we have been helpful to them and helped them draw closer in their walk with Him. This brings us so much closer to Him and gives us so much joy it can’t be described.

We hope soon that He will allow us to share our whole journey with you. It’s not about us. It’s about Him. Only He knows why we can’t start it now. Time is one thing.

Remember all the homeless in your prayers. Our leaders need to be prayed for and turn to Him for guidance or it will only get worse for all.

God bless all who read this.

Steve M

PS. I will talk about the people we met through our journey later.

 

 

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A Long Journey


Hi,

This journey is getting to be a might scary at times. My wife and I have decided to start going back to the beginning and taking notes of what we have been through. As I said before, It’s been a long, long journey but our Lord has never left us. We want our testimonies to inspire many who are struggling in this life. We are not Job but this has and will be a most rewarding blessing for all those who will follow what we have and are going through and how He has never forsaken us. Because its been so long we decided to write it down on microsoft word first so we get the details right. Being homeless, We know so many that are highly educated, Well trained or have years of experience that have no job or home. Even at times, Their families have forsaken them. We know from first hand experience how many people look down on the homeless. Let me say this, There are many good people in this predicament and for all of you that are saved by His wonderful grace your salvation can never be taken away. The peace He gives us on a daily basis in His promise to us all.

We pray for all who are in this, No matter why. It is so very difficult but also knowing        He is always with us is such a wonderful blessing!

I hope to start our full story soon. Pray not only for us but all those going through this. He does not want one to perish, No, Not one.

English: A homeless person's shelter under a f...

English: A homeless person’s shelter under a fallen Willow tree along in New South Wales, Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Randomly Writing


Homeless man in Tokyo

Homeless man in Tokyo (Photo credit: theeruditefrog)

Hello,

This is me again. We have had to move to a low priced motel, a sleazy one at that. We may  never truly understand our journey but we must hold faith.  He is always faithful. We know so many people now that are homeless and lost hope and we want to help their faith grow but we would need to be near them to help. The hardest part for me is not giving my wife a home. 2′nd Timothy tells us that He did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. I hold to this dearly. Without His Word as my shield I would never make it.

Don’t want to take up to much time today but if you see this, Please pray for our country,  His church, The homeless and mine and my wife’s strength.

Love in Christ,

Steve M

 

 

Society

Society (Photo credit: ultrakml)

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The Good Old Days?


I’m in my late 50′s. So what, you say. I have at least partially lived some of the so called good old days.When I was 13 my family and I moved into this very old home in the country. It had no inside heat except a wood stove  that did not reach the upstairs where I slept. The living room was very hot where the stove was but the rest of the downstairs was  mostly chilly. And the heat never reached up to us. Getting up in the morning was really a  challenge. What made it worse was the siding on the house was old and turned up so we could see out doors and if it snowed some would come in the house. That was cold, So very cold! Also, We had to use an outhouse to do our private business. We had no inside water so in the morning my brother and I would have to go to the well and pump enough water for the day. Also, We had to cut enough wood for the next 24 hours. When we got home we had to help my dad remodel the house so our social life was not so good.

 I know this is more than likely just a small part of the “Good old days” but I will admit that I like today’s world better. All modern and easy to use. What do you think?

Steve M 

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Things I don’t really want to hear!


Something I really dislike is people talking on the cellphone in public. I know sometimes this is a have to. But I hear stuff that would make almost anyone blush. And once in a while something I think is very funny but should be private. I wont say where I was but I heard a good one! This person {a woman} answered  the phone and this is how it went. Picture this in a slightly high voice . Hello, Oh, Aunt Sophie has constipation again? That has to be awful! How long? Oh my! Well, She always looked like a bloated toad but now she must really look big with all that poo poo in her. Wish her well for me, Alright? As I mentioned, Some thing we just don’t need to hear! There are many others. Maybe you can share some of yours. I hope so.

Steve M

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Moving Again?


Hello everyone,

It seems we will be moving again. I can’t count the times we have had to move in the last 31 months. Homelessness is not fun. It takes an extraordinary amount of faith to keep going. I know He has a terrific plan  for my wife and me and this could be our last move for a good while. As I said earlier  ,We are doing a site on affiliate marketing on WordPress.org and He has put someone in our life that knows wonders about all this stuff. I will eventually go back a few years when all this started. It has been a rewarding time in my life and it has help me grow so much in my walk with Him.  You and your family and friends follow me, Will you?  This will be so encouraging to so many.

Thanks for listening and following our journey,

Steve M

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Sharing our Testimonies


Hi all,

I have been trying to change rustyideasandbentimages to iwalkinhiswisdom for some time now to no avail. It could be that He wants me to use the latter. Let me explain. My wife and I have been homeless on and off for 31 months now. In this journey our faith has been challenged to the fullest. We have been out of work for a long time now as have so many of you. We all can get so discouraged. Some have even come to the conclusion that God does not care about them. They are wrong!  Hebrews 11: 1 says this, ” Faith is the subtance of things hoped for, The evidence of things not seen.” Jesus tells us in John 15, 7 that if we walk in Him and walk in His Word, Anything we ask  will be done. Be saved and walked in His Word, Sounds simple, right?  Not always so. Satan knows this to. Satan can never take away our salvation but he will do everything he can to destroy our faith which would also kill our witness.   Jesus says He does not want one to perish, No not one. Think satan don’t know this? 

I will not be talking of our journey yet. First, It goes way back and we are waiting for Him to tell us when. There is a lot to remember. I know many people in Christ are struggling and I know  how it feels. The above that I mentioned, rustyideasandbentimages? This may well be used to described all the advise we have been given in the name of God in our journey. It has been given with kindness but not Godly wisdom. I will go further in this later. I hope this will touch your hearts and you will share and comment on it. Pray for us as we wait on Him to guide us in this. 

Steve M

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