Lots of really interesting people come in to Freedom House. They're all ages, colors, and backgrounds. We've recently seen a homeless Viet Nam veteran, people who lost everything in a fire, more than one single mom who has just been released from a battered women's shelter, a disabled single dad with a houseful of kids to feed, immigrants from a foreign country.... The list could go on and on.
What do they have in common? They need a break. They're hungry or cold or in need of basic items for tomorrow.
People with all kinds of problems came to Jesus to be helped. There were sick people, people with demons in them, people who were confused and searching for answers, people who had royally fouled up their lives and hoped to find a way to put them back together again. And regardless of how exhausted or otherwise occupied He was, Jesus wanted to help.
One of my favorite instances of this is found in a short little account in Luke 7. As Jesus was coming into a town, He met a funeral procession. A widow had lost her only son. It says, "When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion and He said, "Don't cry!" But He didn't stop there by just sympathizing with the lady --- He fixed her problem by bringing her son back to life!
We may not be able to help in a way quite as dramatic as that, but we also can't just give hurting people a pat on the back and tell them we hope things get better. Our goal at Freedom House is to show them COMPASSION....like Jesus did for that grieving widow. We do all we can to supply the items they lack. But more than that, we treat them with respect and caring and we offer to pray with them or for them.
A lot of our Canyon neighbors are in desperate situations right now --- let's all pitch in at Freedom House however we can to show them the love and compassion of Jesus!