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What a concept!

I am constantly amazed at how those who have the ‘least’ are often the most generous.  The other day I saw great generosity between our street friends.  We run a food hamper program as part of the services at drop-in on Tuesdays.  We generally have enough supplies to be able to give something out to […]

What a great day

I really love office stop in!  It’s crazy at times, often loud, hard to get work done for sure, but there is so much laughter and smiles and good natured joking among the guys.  Newspapers get read, crosswords get filled in, often with everyone helping to find a word!  Paper and pens get handed around […]

Two months is a long time

One of the people I used to meet on the street regularly is an artist.  I have a print of a daffodil painting he made.  One day we were chatting and he told me a bit of his story – his doctor had put him on a new medication and the paper work to pay […]

“Come and sit with me”

Doing outreach is one of my favorite parts of working with OIM. I love walking the familiar outreach route, meeting new people, catching up with friends, and helping out whenever possible. But there are some days that I am feeling so exhausted that outreach is the last thing that I want to be doing. Not […]

“I just needed to do something normal”

No one had heard from her in over a month. She had disappeared…back on the streets, dealing and using drugs. Everyone at the art group was worried about her. So when she walked into art group last week, I was relieved. I told her how great it was to see her. She said “It’s good […]

Living life full of love

“Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ.  He loved us…”  Phil 5:2 Is it just me or do you also find it hard at times to live a life described as being filled with love?  I acknowledge that there are times I just do not feel very loving….times when I am […]

Back to jail…

I once met a woman who was down and out..at one of the lowest points of her life.  As we sat on the sidewalk sharing our time together, she began to cry silently.  We waited a few moments to see if she would regain her composure, but then began to cry harder while she struggled […]

‘They threw God out of McDonald’s!”

Timmy is one of my favourite people to run into. He is an older man who has been on the streets for a long time. He refers to himself as “one of the last of the old-timers”, but some of our younger street friends simply refer to him as “Dad.” I love running into Timmy […]

Peacemakers

“The seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:18 – NASB). There’s a lot of folks out there who are very worried about “righteousness”, by which people seem to mean something along the lines of “choices that make God happy.” If we were going to make a […]

Friends in high places

In Matthew, the Bible talks about how when we serve those amidst us who are often forgotten or cast aside, we are serving Jesus himself.  When we clothe the poor and feed the homeless, we aren’t simply doing a good deed.  We are actually putting clothes on the back of Jesus and we are providing […]