Today as I exited the Garnett MARTA Rail Station, I saw a group of youth helping the homeless. All the way from Shiloh Hills Baptist Church in Kennesaw, Georgia; these kids are getting to see, process and make a difference for a few people who are struggling to survive during this Christmas season.
As the middle and high school youth approached the homeless with blankets, hats, gloves, and kind words, it warmed my heart on this 36 degree day in Atlanta. According to one of the parents with the Shiloh youth, James, this is the 10th year they have done this mission project. The church asks for donation of the items and then distributes them on the streets around downtown.
As I walked a block further along Peachtree Street, I see another homeless person bundled up on the sidewalk reading a pamphlet that was probably included in the bag distributed by the youth. Then in the background of the above photo, the Shiloh Hills youth stop for a short briefing at Peachtree Street and Trinity Street before they continue looking for homeless people to bless.
Thank you Shiloh Hills Baptist Church youth. You did a good thing today! However, it is my hope that ten years from now, homelessness will be eradicated and you will have to find a different outreach ministry project.
For information about Shiloh Hills Baptist Church, visit: http://www.shilohhills.com/church/index.php/about-us/church-staff
As we continue prepare for this Christmas season, remember how blessed we are to have a roof over our head and heat. And, as you remember the true meaning of Christmas, think of how you might be able to bless someone in a small yet significant way.
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