SPREADING THE WORD WITHOUT SAYING A WORD MINISTRY
BY: CHICO AND DEBBIE JIMENEZ
LAST NIGHT WAS THE
National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day – HELP US RESTORE THEIR DIGNITY
Each year since 1990, on or near December 21st, the first day of winter, the longest night of the year, the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) has sponsored National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day.
It brings attention to the tragedy of homelessness and to remember our homeless friends who have paid the ultimate price for our nation’s failure to end homelessness.
Beginning in 2005, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council and the National Consumer Advisory Board joined NCH as co-sponsors of this meaningful event. In an effort to maximize the impact of the day, we encourage local and statewide organizations to hold memorials for those who have died homeless in their communities. In 2012, over 150 cities, representing 40 states and the District of Columbia held memorial days on December 21st or around that date to honor the people who died homeless.
LAST NIGHT CHICO AND MYSELF HAD THE HONOR AND PRIVILEGE OF ATTENDING THE MEMORIAL AND EULOGY SERVICE OF THE FORGOTTEN, THROWN AWAY HUMAN BEINGS IN DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS IN VOLUSIA COUNTY WHO LOST THEIR LIVES WHILE BEING HOMELESS.
I CRIED AS MICHAEL CORNELL SPOKE. I FELT AS THOUGH MY HEART WAS BEING RIPPED INTO A MILLION PIECES, AS MICHAEL SHARED HIS HEART. MICHAEL WAS HOMELESS AT ONE TIME, BUT BY THE GRACE OF GOD, HE WAS PULLED OFF OF THE STREETS. HE NOW HAS A MASTERS DEGREE AND MANY TITLES BEHIND HIS NAME, ONE OF THOSE TITLES BEING, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE HOMELESS FOR VOLUSIA AND FLAGLER COUNTY, HIS PASSION IS TO HELP OTHERS GET OFF THE STREETS AND HAVE PRODUCTIVE LIVES AS WELL, HIS GOAL IS TO PUT HIMSELF AND EVERY OTHER HOMELESS AGENCY WORKER OUT OF A JOB BY ERADICATING HOMELESSNESS.
I WAS ALSO BLESSED WITH THE HONOR OF SPEAKING AT THIS EVENT, I AM NOT USUALLY COMFORTABLE SPEAKING IN PUBLIC, BUT I AM VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT WE DO AND HAD NO PROBLEM STANDING IN FRONT OF EVERYONE SPEAKING FROM MY HEART.
THE PEOPLE WE HONORED LAST NIGHT, DIED WITH NO DIGNITY AND NO RESPECT, THEIR NAMES WERE COLLECTED FROM THE CORONER, THE HOSPITALS AND THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE. IT SEEMS AS THOUGH THEIR LIVES AND DEATHS MEANT NOTHING MORE THAN ROAD KILL TO MOST OF SOCIETY. THESE PEOPLE WERE CREMATED WITH NO ATTEMPT TO CONTACT THEIR NEXT OF KIN. LAST NIGHT, THEIR PRECIOUS LIVES WERE HONORED AND THEIR DEATHS MEMORIALIZED WITH A EULOGY AND A CANDLE WAS LIT FOR EACH PRECIOUS LIFE LOST.
TEARS ARE ROLLING DOWN MY FACE AS I REMEBER THE WORDS THAT MICHEAL SPOKE AS WE STOOD IN THE CIRCLE, HE SAID, “ONE FLAME, LIT ALL OF THESE CANDLES, IT ONLY TAKES ONE PERSON TO TURN THE DARKNESS INTO LIGHT”, “I PERSONALLY FAILED THESE THAT WE ARE HONORING TONIGHT”, “I WORK FOR THE HOMELESS AND THESE PEOPLE SLIPPED THROUGH THE CRACKS, IT CAN’T HAPPEN AGAIN, I WANT TO WORK MYSELF OUT OF A JOB AND END HOMELESSNESS IN OUR COMMUNITY”.
JESUS SAID John 8:12 I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
IN THE SERVICE, WE HONORED THE LIFE AND MOURNED THE DEATH OF A THREE YEAR OLD BABY GIRL, HEATHER YOUNG, A TODDLER WHO BURNED TO DEATH IN A FIRE, SHE NEVER HAD A CHANCE IN THIS WORLD; IT WAS A HEART WRENCHING STORY, AN INNOCENT CHILD, BORN INTO POVERTY, TAKEN OUT OF THIS WORLD TRAGICALLY. HER DEATH WASN’T EVEN A NEWSWORTHY EVENT. HOWEVER, WE ARE COMFORTED KNOWING THAT SHE IS WITH JESUS NOW FOR ETERNITY. YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN HEATHER…
WHAT MANY FAIL TO SEE AND UNDERSTAND IS THAT WE ARE ALL HUMAN BEINGS, BORN TO PARENTS, WE ALL HAVE OR HAVE HAD MOMS AND DADS, SISTERS AND BROTHERS, GRANDPARENTS, AUNTS, UNCLES, COUSINS AND FRIENDS, WE HAVE ALL HAD TEACHERS, CLASSMATES, CO-WORKERS, NEIGHBORS AND BOSSES. THESE FACTS DON’T CHANGE BECAUSE SOMEONE BECAME HOMELESS. HOWEVER, THE PERCEPTION OF THE HOMELESS PERSON CHANGES IN THE EYES OF OTHERS, ONCE THAT INDIVIDUAL BECOMES HOMELESS.
PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE THAT MOST U.S. CITIZENS ARE TWO PAYCHECKS AWAY FROM BEING HOMELESS. ONE NEGATIVE CIRCUMSTANCE IN LIFE CAN CHANGE ONE’S ENTIRE EXISTANCE. THE LOSS OF A JOB OR THE DEATH OF A LOVED ONE CAN TRIGGER A CHAIN OF EVENTS THAT LEAVES PEOPLE IN A SITUATION THAT LEADS TO HOMELESSNESS.
ALTHOUGH NOT ALL ARE HOMELESS BY CIRCUMSTANCE, SOME ARE HOMELESS BECAUSE OF THE DEMONIC SPIRITS OF ADDICTION AND MENTAL ILLNESS AND SOME BY CHOICE. HOWEVER, THOSE THAT ARE HOMELESS BY CIRCUMSTANCE CAN TURN TO ADDICTION AS A COPING MECHANISM. IT’S A VICIOUS CYCLE AND A DOWNWARD SPIRAL.
LAST NIGHT, THE MEMORIAL WAS HELD IN THE SALVATION ARMY CHAPEL. SINCE WE HAVE BEEN FEEDING THE HOMELESS, WE HAVE BEEN TO HOMELESS CAMPS AND INTO SOME REALLY BAD AREAS. LAST NIGHT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT I HAVE EVER BEEN IN A HOMELESS SHELTER WHICH WAS ANOTHER REALITY CHECK FOR ME.
WE ALL NEED TO REMEMBER THAT BEING HOMELESS DOESN’T MAKE YOU LESS THAN HUMAN… LIVES CAN BE RESTORED, DIGNITY CAN BE RESTORED AND YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
JESUS CHRIST, OUR LORD AND SAVIOR WAS A HOMELESS MAN… Matthew 8:20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
WOULD YOU TREAT JESUS LIKE MOST PEOPLE TREAT THE HOMELESS??? JESUS SAID IN Matthew 25:42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: Matthew 25:43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Matthew 25:44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Matthew 25:45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
JESUS SAID IN Matthew 25:37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? Matthew 25:38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Matthew 25:39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
ALTHOUGH WE WORK WITH THE HOMELESS ON A DAILY BASIS, WE HAVE NOT WALKED IN THEIR SHOES… PLEASE WATCH THESE VIDEOS TO SEE JUST A FEW OF THE PEOPLE THAT WE HELP PRESENTLY OR HAVE HELPED IN THE PAST.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP US FEED, CLOTHE AND RESTORE THEIR DIGNITY AND GET THEM OFF OF THE STREETS, YOU CAN DONATE TO OUR MINISTRY THROUGH THIS LINK:
REMEMBER, THE THINGS THAT WE TAKE FOR GRANTED ARE A PREMIUM COMMODITY FOR MANY. BRUSHING YOUR TEETH, TAKING A SHOWER, A TOILET, A BED, BLANKETS, SHELTER FROM THE WEATHER, A DOOR THAT LOCKS, HOT AND COLD RUNNING WATER, ELECTRICITY, HEAT, AIR CONDITIONING AND BASIC TRANSPORTATION ARE JUST A FEW THINGS THAT MOST OF US TAKE FOR GRANTED.
WHEN HOMELESS PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO STAY IN A MOTEL ROOM, IT’S NOT AT THE HOLIDAY INN, BECAUSE THERE ARE CERTAIN CRITERIA ONE MUST MEET TO STAY AT A REGULAR HOTEL/MOTEL i.e. DRIVERS LICENSE, TAG NUMBER, CREDIT CARD. HAVING SAID THAT, YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE THE CONDITION OF THE ROOMS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO INDIGENT AND HOMELESS PEOPLE; THEY COME FULLY EQUIPPED WITH BED BUGS, LICE, ROACHES, RATS, I HAVE SEEN IT FIRST HAND. THEY ALSO COME EQUIPPED WITH REGULAR DOOR KEYS THAT ANY PRIOR OCCUPANT COULD MAKE A COPY OF AND COME IN AT ANY GIVEN TIME, THAT IS, IF THERE IS A LOCK AT ALL.
PUT YOURSELVES IN THEIR SHOES FOR ONE MINUTE… IT’S A SCARY THOUGHT AND NEVER FORGET THESE TRUE WORDS: BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD, THERE GO I!!!
WHEN YOU GIVE, DON’T GIVE OUT OF YOUR ABUNDANCE, GIVE FROM YOUR HEART LIKE THE LADY WITH TWO MITES. Luke 21:1 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. Luke 21:2 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. Luke 21:3 And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:
Luke 21:4 For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.
DO YOU KNOW JESUS? HAVE YOU TRULY GIVEN YOUR LIFE TO JESUS CHRIST AND ASKED HIM TO BE YOUR SAVIOR? CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO FIND OUT HOW TO ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR!!! TIME IS SHORT JESUS IS COMING REAL SOON, DON’T BE LEFT BEHIND!!!
SOON, THE TRUE BELIEVERS IN CHRIST JESUS WILL BE RAPTURED FROM THIS WORLD THAT HAS FORGOTTEN AND FORSAKEN GOD!!! 1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.
GOD BLESS YOU,
CHICO AND DEBBIE