Tomorrows Washington DC Homeless Outreach

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Happy Friday!

What a schedule I have today! Really, this could be the busiest day, and then the busiest weekend of my life… the busiest of 2010 FO SHO! I woke feeling very stressed this morning… hmmmm, I better pray until this emotional slump recedes…

Did I tell you guys, tomorrow is our annual Washington DC Feed the Homeless Outreach? We’ve done this EVERY YEAR for something like the past 17 years… one of my favorite things to do in this life! Here’s a photo of some of the packages we’re taking on the tomorrows outreach!

gerald & phyllis mayhan

I thank God for Evangelists Gerald & Phyllis Mayhan… that they keep on leading our teams every year. There is not another man in all the earth more adequately equipped for such an outreach!

Gerald was a point man in Vietnam, two purple hearts… lived 18 years addicted to heroin and cocaine, living on the streets of Washington DC… and his wife waited for him and PRAYED for him until GOD reached down and pulled Gerald out of the lowest gutter.

Gerald is one of my very best friends and the greatest evangelist I have EVER MET! Check out his ministry website when you get a chance!

If you would like to make a donation to Gerald Mayhan’s Ministry, you can give today, here on this website by clicking the donate button… and we will bring Gerald a check tomorrow! There is no greater cause I can think of!

inspirational stories from last year!

Here’s a clip from last years homeless outreach blog… you can check out the entire blog and all the comments with photos by following this link: From the Streets of Washington DC

This year (2009), even more than previous years… I really experienced the enormity of what took place! There are so many hurting, lonely people in our earth. And while so many well to do humans point the finger down at these bleeding ones, God compels us to come to their aid!

God cares about each one of them… not desiring to lecture them about the series of wrong turns they made that led them down into the gutter… He possesses us with his compassion and sends us to kneel down beside them… He gives us a message to speak… He asks us to read them a love letter… And we go with his love and his tears. He embraces them with MY ARMS… and I can feel HIM IN ME making his appeal through MY HEART.

This year, we took a team of 35+ into the frigid streets of our nation’s capitol. All day long, we gave HOPE to the HOPELESS. Even more than the message we gave them was the message we asked them to tell us. We gave them our ears… we listened to them like they mattered… and they FELT OUR LOVE FOR THEM! Their tears and ours flowed like rivers all day long.

  • One man, “Alfrado”, explained how he came to America from Elsalvador… it took him 3 months to get here, dreaming that this would be a place of new life for him. And there he was sleeping on park benches and eating food from the trash containers. Alfrado said that some nights, it’s so cold he is scared to fall asleep… that he may freeze to death and not wake up.
  • Another lady, “Pricilla”, said that she just got released from prison a year ago after being stabbed in her spine during a prison brawl. She grabbed me and made a puddle on my shoulder as she wept about how scary it is living on the streets at night! She talked about being raped and beaten over and over… and told me that she is not built for this kind of life!
  • Then there was “HANK”… the happiest homeless man on the face of the earth. We all left Hank wondering if we had met an angel! Just like Hank, so many of these destitute men and women gave us back so much more that we gave to them!

Throughout this day, we distributed hundreds of sandwiches, care packages, sweaters, sweatshirts, blankets, and everything else we could get into their hands. More than these… we gave them Jesus… and they took him happily into their hearts!

Every single person on our team stepped out with a fearless kind of faith… they shared their personal life stories, prayed like seasoned ministers, and gave LOVE as if God himself was right there in physical manifestation!

Please pray for this same level of success at tomorrows outreach! That it’ll be like Jesus himself is walking through the blistery winter streets of Washington DC. God bless you all with a most triumphant Friday… thanks for being here… please leave a comment and help us expand this tribe in every creative way you can dream up! Love you all…

Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!

Chuck

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2 thoughts on “Tomorrows Washington DC Homeless Outreach

  1. Thanks, Pastor, for posting about the Outreach tomorrow! This is such an exciting time for our church AND it feels so good to make a real difference in the world! The reason it feels good is that by doing this, by GOING OUT, we are accomplishing a mandate that came from the mouth of Jesus Christ–as He was right here on the earth!

    I respect Gerald and Phyllis Mayhan so much! What a story! To look up from the gutter, to take the hand of God and be lifted from it, then go back to THAT SAME GUTTER–and tell people how God can save them too! Whoa!!

    There is a part of me that is participating in the Outreach tomorrow, just to be able to hang around that power all day! I pray that God blesses the Mayhan's, everyone going to DC tomorrow, everyone that made care packs and provided supplies and their time! Can't WAIT to get started!

    I'm pressing the donate button!