Hope for the Broken
It is a joy to see the deep trust in God that those I serve live out every day. But there is also a frustration to see generational poverty, repeated poor choices, giving into Satan’s lies and the oppression they experience from landlords, government and commerce.
One Sunday during our testimony time at church, one of our men shared that he usually falls short of food money toward the end of the month. He said that God always provides in some way. Last month was no exception. He asked God to provide and He did when the man found a $20 bill later that day. Another man shared that his bicycle had disappeared. Since he depends on his bicycle to get to and from his work, it was a financial hardship to take the bus. His bicycle reappeared at his apartment several days later. Both stories are a testimony of God’s heart for those who have little.
A friend told me recently about a woman who had visited her church. My friend went to visit her the following week and saw a man sleeping on the kitchen floor. Although the woman had rented this motel room, the landlord decided to rent the kitchen area to this man. The woman had few resources to fight this situation. This story is unimaginable to those of us who have secure housing.
I recently attended a discipleship conference called “Making Disciples in Broken Places.” It was an excellent conference and was held at a church that ministers to people who are broken in so many ways. The most remarkable thing happened when we were singing, My Hope is Built on Nothing Less. We got to the last verse,
“When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found,
Clothed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne!”
Cheering and clapping erupted from the people! When He comes back, homelessness, injustice, chaos, poverty and the fight for life will be unnecessary! This is our only hope and what we all look forward to.