The night we planned our event just so happened to fall on the same night that several other events were going on around Lapeer county. Also, at the last minute we had to change venues. But God still moved Twelve people chose to spend One Night homeless. Initially we were discouraged that so few had showed up. We had a band, The Saviors Army (TSA), and a speaker, Junior Ramos of the Few, traveling to minister to our group. I called them to tell them they were not needed, we did not have enough people. Dusty, the lead singer of TSA said,"Are you going to be there?" I said, "Yes." He then said, "Even if you're the only one we are coming anyway." They drove across the whole state just to minister at our little event. All we had to offer them was hot coffee.
From the outside it appears that we are providing shelter to the homeless during the cold months. It appears we are helping people to transition out of homelessness. It appears that we are providing job skills, training, and substance abuse counseling. But what we really have to give is living water in a land that is dry and thirsty. This living water will heal. It will rebuild. It will save. This living water is Jesus Christ himself. We do what we do not because we want to give warm shelter to the homeless during the winter. We do what we do because we want to show the love of Jesus Christ. We want to see the lives of the homeless changed so that they never suffer homelessness again.
One Night can make all the all the difference in the world. Won't you give a night or two in order to help spread this living water? You can volunteer here. Also, share this post with your friends and family. Encourage your church to get involved. And always you can support the Refuge here.
Written by: Charla Arnold
Edited by: Andrew Terry