Williamsburg's Homeless & Indigent

P.O. Box 366, Lightfoot, VA 23090
Office: 757-561-3255
"Assisting people in re-gaining hope and a better way of life."

Thursday, March 20, 2003

Matthew 5:16 Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand - shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
It was around 6:30 last night when "E" and her family showed up at our house. We sat down and talked for awhile, waiting for Geoff to come home with dinner. We didn't so much go into her story, but about mine. Mostly how I have always had a roof over my head, but still felt 'homeless'. We talked about my childhood and the mental health problems of my Mother, my Daddy's struggles to deal with her conflicts that she caused, how my Mother moved and left my oldest sister behind to live on the streets and eventually our reunion with my sister. We talked about mine and Geoff's hopes and dreams as a couple (we are in the process of adopting a 14 yr. old girl) and our goals for a shelter in Williamsburg.
After dinner, we tried to figure out sleeping arrangements. We only have one extra bedroom and it isn't fully equipped with enough beds for 4 other people, but we were at least able to make a pallet on the floor, the bunk beds full and one on our couch. Today we need to go and get at least one air mattress for a temporary fix, since we will soon be adding a bedroom suit for our future daughter.
Geoff eagerly wanted to play games (this is a big activity in our family for fellowship.) Hoping somebody knew how to play chess (I'm just learning), he immediately set up the board. None of the boys knew how, but were willing to learn. The youngest of the boys, an hour into the game, admitted this was a good thinking game. It soon became my bedtime, so I don't know how long before there was a winner, but Geoff enjoyed the time, conversation and fellowship.
Considering we are out of the youngest's school district, Geoff offerred to take him to school so his Mother could get some well needed rest. Wondering if any of the boys wanted to go with him this afternoon to do some work with Geoff (mixing and pouring cement for a privacy fence he is building) they didn't hesitate to say "Cool!" Today after the feeding and my interview with Paul Aron and Andre, "E" and I will continue to work on finding a better paying position and a place to live so her son can finish out his school here in Williamsburg.
Most people believe God needs to be part of the discussion to minister; those who know God's Word, knows that by sharing yourself and opening up your home to others in need, you are also sharing God with them in fellowship and kindness.


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