|Posted by njoachim305 on April 28, 2014 at 10:55 AM|
Have you ever wondered what you would do if you ever found yourself in the position where you were without shelter? Many believe that it cannot happen to them, but I have met a number of individuals over the years, through no fault of their own, unable to find proper housing. One thing that we must realize that although society in general looks down on transients, God does not. In fact, a homeless person is in good company for even our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was homeless during the final parts of his life here on earth. (Matthew 8:20 & Luke 9:58) Furthermore, I think of the several other men of faith who were instructed by YHWH God to forsake their homes in hopes of a better home, an eternal home. (Hebrews 11:8-10, 13-16, 24-27, 35b-40) For instance, Abraham was instructed by God to leave his home to live in tents in a country that he did not know. (Genesis 12:1) Lot was instructed to leave Sodom & Gomorrah before its destruction to go live in a cave. (Genesis 19:17) Lastly, I must remind you of Baruch, Jeremiah's Secretary, who was complaining about his lot in life during the Babylonian seige/ destruction of Jerusalem in 587 BCE. God actually said to him: “Are you seeking great things for yourself? Don’t do it! I will bring great disaster upon all these people; but I will give you your life as a reward wherever you go. I, YHWH, have spoken!” (Jeremiah 45:5)
In light of these examples, one may still wonder what they would do if they were ever in such a situation. With this in mind, I have decided to write this article. In the event that one would find themselves without shelter, or lacking in resources, the following list outlines some steps to take in order to alleviate the harshness of such a situation, namely:
- If you have have family and friends available to help, then don't let pride get in the way of you speaking to them.
- If you are a member of a local congregation/church, contact them immediately in order to find out what type of assistance is available to their members and the community in general. (Acts 2:45, James 1:27)
- Contact local agencies to find out more information on public assistance programs, such as: shelters/housing programs, cash aid, food stamps, WIC, and etc.
- Contact non profit organizations to see if you qualify for assistance, a few examples: Homeless Voice in Miami Dade/ Broward County, Habitat for Humanity, and many more.
- Obtain the following necessary essentials:
- Bible (a source of encouragement)
- Camping Tent/ Raincoat/ Warm clothes/ Sleeping bag (to weather the elements)
- Access to public shower/lavatory ( In order to maintain hygein to some extent so as to avoid worsening affects of an illness. Also, in some cases maintaining proper hygiene can assist in a quicker recovery process as it will allow you to project a decent composure so as to attend job interviews.)
- If possible, a bicycle as a means of transportation will save you a lot of unnecessary gas expense; furthermore, they can even be equipped with trailers that can be used for luggage carrying purposes or sleeping cots.
- Try to work odd jobs here and there so as to provide for/supplement your nutritional and miscellaneous needs. (2 Thessalonians 3:10) Examples of a few jobs that don't require too much of an investment:
- Car Detailing Services
- Handyman/Painting Services
- Hair braiding Services
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