Chicago isn't all glitz and glamor. See those benches? Late at night, they become beds for homeless people.
We (our church) went downtown to help serve the homeless and poor last night. It was a very cold night, although it will get much colder. My husband and I had the privilege of meeting several people.
they have names
they have faces
they have feelings
some of them have a desire to bless not just be blessed
Freddie the Fish:
- Has found a place in my husbands heart
- Sleeping in a garage
- Used to sleep on a bench but became friends with a guy who is dating a transvestite and moved up in the world
- Needed a sleeping bag to be more comfortable
- Wants to bless others and gave my dad a small package of instant coffee ~ bless his heart
- Sells newspapers for $15 a day
- Says he is a Believer but needed to be reminded about who he is in God's Kingdom
- Trying to make his life right
- Currently staying away from drugs and alcohol
- Was homeless but is in an apartment
- Is so excited about his apartment that sometimes he doesn't leave for 2-3 days at a time (bless his heart)
- When he was homeless, he was sleeping on a bench last August - got knocked in the head with a hammer and stabbed in the eyeball with a knife
- Has a huge scar on his face and a glass eye
- Has a job
- Trying to get re-established and move forward in life
- Jewish lady
- Kind of slow
- Needed someone to vent to
- Talks a lot
- Not a believer but is best friends with Mario who is
- Wants to bless me and bring me a Menorah next time I go there
The wind-chill factor was 0 last night.
What is a wind-chill factor?
Wind chill is the apparent temperature felt on exposed skin due to wind. The degree of this phenomenon depends on both air temperature and wind speed. The wind chill temperature (often popularly called the wind chill factor) is always lower than the air temperature for values where the wind chill formula is valid.
More info from Wikipedia
Step out of your comfort zone ~ wherever you live.
Help someone ~ anyone. They don't have to be poor or homeless.
Become a giver.
Give ~ even when it hurts.