February 19, 2018
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,
or naked and clothe you?
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’
And the king will say to them in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did
for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:31-46)
I work with an organization called Helping Our Own People (HOOP). The mission of the organization is simple: to provide food and basic necessities to the unsheltered homeless living in and around downtown Indianapolis.
The work allows me to see the Gospel message of Matthew 25 come alive on a regular basis.
The following is just one of the stories shared by a HOOP volunteer:
“My birthday is June 21st. I’ll be 61 years old,” were some of the first words I heard from the man lying under the bridge on a freezing cold night several months ago. He was unable to walk due to an accident years before. He was lying on a piece of cardboard, shivering.
Someone gave us large pieces of thick foam, and we made him a bed out of it. One of our members carefully lifted him up while we placed the ‘bed’ under him. We gave him a pillow, covered him with blankets, topped off with shower curtain liners–to help keep him dry and to preserve what little body heat he had.
“I don’t want to die under this bridge,” was something he said frequently.
We trudged up the hill with hot soup for him, water, sandwiches, hot coffee. He was ever so grateful but a little dumbfounded by this group of people who appeared, rain or shine or freezing cold, with comforts to offer, asking no questions.
For more information about HOOP, go to: http://hoopindy.weebly.com/