Recently I was invited to join a small group from my church to read and discuss the book Under the Overpass by Mike Yankoski, which shares his experience of living among the homeless for a period of five months in five cities across the US.
For efficiency, I chose the audio version so that I could listen while driving … thinking that it would take me a week or so to get through the audio. From the beginning, I found myself parked in my car, either in a parking lot or in my garage, still listening … totally immersed in Mike’s story. By the end of the second day, I had finished listening to the entire audio.
The book made me laugh and definitely made me cry … how can we treat God’s people so poorly … ignoring them when they need a smile and a glimmer of hope. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, this story has stirred in me the question of “how can I help?”. I mean, God has blessed me and gifted me with the ability the help people. He is now tugging on my heart. I have a few ideas in mind on how I can help the homeless, which will most likely become a group effort and will involve those of you who are reading this article.
I will continue to pray on this subject, and in the meantime, I ask you to read the book or listen to the audio. If you, too, feel a tug on your heart to step in and help, then I ask you to reach out to me. We can do this …one step at a time … to help people to become better versions of themselves.
Denise Fahrion is a passionate orthopedic massage therapist in the McCandless suburbs of Pittsburgh. She personally works toward and shares with her clients ways to become “Focused. Grounded. Balanced.”