The answer, as I see it, begins with asking a deep soul searching question. How dirty are you willing to get your hands? Seriously, look at what Jesus did. When Jesus began His “war on poverty,” if I may borrow President Johnson’s phrase, He was completely intentional in all He did. By this I mean that it was no mistake that when He was born there was “no place” for Him or His parents. It was no coincidence that his parents were so poor they paid the beggars tax of two turtle doves when they went to the temple. It was not mere happenstance that Jesus became a homeless man that had “no place to lay his head.” It was not because of a wrong turn that Jesus ended up in Samaria with a woman the world shunned. It was not by chance that Jesus befriended the prostitute, tax collector, sinner, leper, thief, and outcast.
So, I ask again, how dirty are you willing to get your hands? Are you prepared to step out of your comfort zone and into another world? Are you prepared to make room in your life, to prepare a place for those who have no place? Can you forget everything you think you know about the poor and see their precious souls?
Our goal at River City Ministry is to serve in the spirit of Matthew 25, while seeking and saving the lost (Luke 19:10). We believe that the work that Jesus said he came to do in Luke 4:18-19 is the same work we are here to continue. We thank you for your concern, support and love. Thank you for providing me the opportunity to learn firsthand how to reach the poor. Please continue to pray for us and for the poor and homeless. God bless you all.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:18-21).