Guest post by Chloe Liv.
Written on her 14th birthday.
“This is going to be the BEST Christmas ever! I actually have soap to shower!”
Her words stopped me in my tracks, as a tear ran down my cheek. Her clothes were torn and dirty. Her hair looked like it hadn’t been brushed or washed in a week. She was missing some of her teeth and the ones she still had needed a toothbrush badly. I don’t know where she slept last night, and she probably doesn’t know where she’ll sleep tonight.
And to think I was upset about not getting an ipod for Christmas this year…
I recently went with a church on a mission trip and was homeless for 3 days and nights.
Now I feel guilty that I just got done throwing my fit about not getting a big Christmas, and this woman was crying tears of joy over getting… soap.
My hair is clean. I showered today in a clean shower with hot water. My teeth are brushed. And when I go home I have a nice, soft, cozy bed to sleep in.
I ate dinner tonight. I knew when I woke up this morning that I would eat dinner tonight. And I might have leftovers that would get thrown away.
For my birthday this year and maybe next year and the next, I am collecting things from anyone who will give stuff for all these people we met.
I don’t know how they got homeless, and I don’t know how to get them a home, but I’m going to do what I can to love on them because maybe they just need to know somebody cares.
If we’re not on your prayer list and you have room for us, please add us to your list?
The reality of HOW extremely big this Alaska homeless teen place is can be kinda overwhelming.
We’re asking the same God who spoke and created the world to move us to Alaska, provide the money, show us where, and help us physically prepare the building and licenses for residential and non profit and to help us with everything else we don’t know how to do.
We’re asking Him to make sure we have all we need to care for the kids He is planning to bring our way.
We’re asking Him to help us teach these kids the skills they need to survive and to teach them faith and that Jesus is real and loves them very much.
We’re asking for Him to provide money to pay all the people needed to serve in this place.
If we had known about this and had tried our WHOLE lives to get all this stuff in order and take care of it all, I don’t think we could do it on our own ever.
This is bigger than my family, bigger than maybe 10 families… maybe even 20 families and several churches.
But it’s not bigger than God.
We don’t know exactly how to do what God is calling us to do but we can look back and see how God has been preparing us for this for over 35 years.
He knows how and we will trust Him.
God is bigger.
Matthew 17:20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith.
Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
We’re asking Him to move a mountain.
Thank you for your prayers.
The only part we are playing in this homeless teen center
is obedience to do what He’s calling us to do.