As usual, it was a great week serving the homeless. I even had some help this week from my new friend Connie. Connie is a partner at “The Austin Stone Community Church”. She sent me an email last week that said “I’m looking for a practical way to live out the gospel intentionality in my life. I would like to explore a few different mission projects before deciding on one. Would you say that it’s safe for a woman to do what you do?“ I responded letting her know it is very safe. A lot of people are intimidated by those who are homeless. I once heard it said “Homeless is my address, not my name”. I reassured her fears hoping she would see that my focus is on the dignity of each individual and there was no physical threat at all.
Although parking is not a huge concern, as long as you get onto San Antonio Street before 8:30, Connie parked a few blocks away where she knew could park without an issue. When I showed up at 7:30, I saw Connie mingling with the crown of 20 or so guys waiting on me to show up. I recognized her from the photo I saw on Austin Stone's "On the City" network. Her natural fears of being around those who are homeless seemed nonexistent. Connie later explained that she arrived a bit early and decided to go into the crowd and ask what they were doing. She was told they were waiting for a guy named Brian who helps them out every week with food and supplies. Connie seemed comfortable handing out sandwiches and pouring coffee and hot cocoa. Everyone welcomed her and she looks forward to coming back out in 2 weeks. Thanks for your help Connie and I know the guys and girls will love the eggs you plan on boiling for them … don’t forget the salt.