|A gift we really loved!|
----So, here is the epic list of some things we could use!
First and foremost as always, socks and underwear (any traveling kid will be your best friend with a pair of clean socks :)
100 Sleeping bags (army bags preferably)
100 Small Tarps (preferably brown or green)
Goodwill gift card
Flywheel coffee gift card
Whole Foods gift card
Another way for homeless friends to eat on a daily basis in Haight
A safe dry place to sleep that allows dogs and significant others and discipleship
Friends who are sober to hang out with our friends on the street and do normal life things together!
Jobs short and long term
Travel help- flights or greyhound tickets to go home!
Housewarming gifts for newly housed friends:
electric tea pot
Stuff our house can use:
Financial support to get each staff fully funded
Airline miles, or sponsor one of our trips!
Grocery cards (safeway, whole foods, trader joes, rainbow, foodsco)
5 blankets and 5 pillows
Large food processer or Ninja
Kitchen floor fixed/replaced in heaven
Back up pancake power box or someone to invent a new awesomer longer lasting system!
A 2000+ watt power inverter
We could use your Talents and Connections!
Legal councel for friends as well as for pancakes as issues arise
Wifi consultant to make it reach our whole house!
Babysitters (esp during bible study)
Bible lovers- to guest facilitate bible study on specific topics as they come up! Perhaps a theology nerd?
A person older then us who wants to have kids over for tea and cookies and love on them! Be grandma/grandpa for many who don’t have elders.
A house sitter who is willing to host kids while we are gone.- Just sleep at our house and make sure people are ok!
A musician who can jam with kids
Someone who can introduce good Christian hardcore/punk/folk music to our kids!
A Job connector please! To connect us or our kids to possible jobs or to hire them! Please!
A passionate person to manage our Odd Jobs website- connecting youth to short term odd jobs for individuals and individuals to a person who needs a short job!
A job coach- helping kids get to where they want to be!
Rainy day or emergency housing- a person we could call when we have someone who really needs housing but we can’t provide it.
A writer to collect our stories and write them well
A once a year house deep cleaner volunteer group
Moms to visit moms for play dates who are holed up in hotels and learning how to parent.
We go on retreats a few times a year to pray or to plan for the year, or sometimes when tough stuff happen to get away and pray and process, so houses with 1+ empty bedrooms that are within 2 hours of SF we could use or share are awesome!
for 1 year we spend on average:
Rainbow Gathering Kitchen supplies:
2013 we got:
125 lbs reg batter- needed 10 lbs vegan
2 large bags oatmeal
1 bag flax
1 bag multigrain
4 gallons syrup
10 lbs sugar (had 5 leftover)
1 big creamer
2 nutella- needed more
4 small tubs butter- needed more
3 bags chpped nuts- needed more
1 bag berries- needed tons more (no apricots or raisins)
needed 1 big bag coconut
15 lbs coffee
4 jars of jam
mac and ramen etc.. for extra quick meals
5 food safe 5 gallon buckets
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Posted by claire at 10:24 PM
These figures constitute a math problem that is difficult to justify.
In an age that is quick to speak of the need to minister to unreached people groups the poor remain ironically the single most under reached people blocks in the world.
Said another way, poverty is keep more people out the kingdom then any peculiarity of geography language culture or ethnicity.
We believe Christ grieves over this disparity and is busy addressing it.”
-Postcards from the Journey
Posted by claire at 9:38 PM
He seemed to really be intrigued but our conversation soon ended. He said we had really challenged him to think about what it was he was searching for, and that his best guess of where he would look for an answer would be according to the laws of the world, such as the laws of physics for instance. Before he left, he said that he did wish he had the certainty to know when he was walking in the right way and when he was not. I gave him the last word and we parted.
Two weeks later Jess saw him again, and he had this wild story that happened the evening after we met him. He lost his dog and then met Christians in the park, while looking for his dog. They gave him Pizza, and then all surrounded him and began to pray. It really freaked him out, and he would have left, but he heard a voice tell him that every thing was going to be okay. Then he felt peace like he had never felt before. He found his dog again, and went to bed feeling some sort of amazing peace. He thought his life would never be the same after that. He was surprised to wake up the next morning feeling normal again. He was discouraged, but really wanted to talk to us. Jess invited him to our Amigos bible study. He was excited, but then he never came. Two more weeks went by and then we ran into him again. He seemed to be preoccupied with something but told us he had been busted for selling dope and had been to jail. We continue to keep an eye out for him every time we are in the park, hoping to continue that work we hope that perhaps the Lord has begun.
Posted by Franciscan Punk at 5:14 PM
When I was 17 I saved up money so I could go to work with an outreach ministry called Prodigal Project in northern California connecting with hippies. I made myself a budget and worked coaching gymnastics to reach it. When I had enough money for the train ride and 300$ extra for spending money, I excitedly bought a one way ticket! I was super psyched! My birthday was a few days before I left so some friends threw me a surprise party! As I was getting ready to go, a friend named Andy walked up to me and slipped me a wad of rolled up money and said Jesus told him to give it to me for my trip. I thanked him- a bit surprised as I hadn’t asked anyone for money. When I unrolled it, I counted 112$. Aghast, never having received money like that, I went back to him and told him it was too much. He put it back in my hand and said Jesus would show me how to use it. I kept that wad, rolled up in my drawer. Every time I had an opportunity to give in a big way I smiled, knowing I had the means, if God wanted me to use it. Every time I felt like I was supposed to use my own money and kept watching for that one special thing that this money was meant for. I got live simply and thus had the ability to do lots of fun things in sharing my 300$, but at the end of my 3 months there I was a bit frustrated wondering who this 112$ was for and sat down to pray. Then I realized. That 112$ had changed me. It gave me the eyes to look for how God may be allowing me to give. I laughed, and when I got home I gave it back to Andy, telling him that his money had done exactly what it was supposed to do- changed my heart and given me the eyes to look for where I have the capacity to give, because I do have a reserve in heaven!
Posted by claire at 5:47 PM
|Amigos Chow Line|
Posted by Courtney and Luke at 3:12 PM
It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying
that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church's mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation
in realizing that. This enables us to do something,
and to do it very well. It may be incomplete,
but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference
between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.
(who served the people of El Salvador and was assassinated in 1980 while he was saying mass in San Salvador.)
Posted by claire at 9:38 PM