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Sunday nite.  Studied almost all day because yesterday I went with my Sam and the youth group to a Lutheran church in downtown Cleveland… just down from West Side Market.  It is in an area known as Ohio City.  We arrived with 32 meatloaves, mashed potatoes, green beans and desserts for 200.  At about 330 they started showing up.  I was making coffee pot after pot after pot.  It was cold.  They were wrapped in coats, hats, gloves and blankets.  Each one was given a ticket to go downstairs for hygiene products and clothing.  There were lots of boots and gloves and hats and coats and socks.   Dinner was served at 430 with prayer and music.  And by 545 they were fed, had take home meals to go with them, and gone ~ as quickly as they had gotten there.  There were 165 of them – with eyes and hands and faces and souls.
I talked to them, filled their coffee cups, and wondered the whole time… where is the Church?  in the midst of this city, where is the Church?  why must these people go from place to place to eat and get clothing and personal care products?  Why aren’t there programs to help with life skills and vocational skills and how to cook and live on what you make and it was overwhelming.  I think of the book In His Steps by Charles Sheldon.  I wonder how accountable I will be held for what I know and what I should have done.
The youth did great – serving and talking and cleaning up.  I am hopeful they saw the people.. not the smells, not the sadness, not the shopping carts with all their personal possessions or the backpacks stuffed with their life.

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Author: melinda

a follower of Christ & a Daughter of the Great High King of Heaven disguised as a wife, a mum, a nurse, a baker, a gardener, a teacher, an artist and many things unknown by others.

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