Thursday, April 29, 2010

"I Am Here" // Homelessness in the ATX

by Tim K. Snyder

Today in Old Testament lectures, Professor Fretheim (the man, the legend) guided us through a series of texts about social justice. His question about half way through stood out to me: How big is your word salvation? Big enough for socio-political salvation? About the only thing the bible is consist on is the poor and how we should care for them as a religious concern.

Friends at Mobile Loaves and Fishes (MLF) have once again gone to great lengths to advocate for the homeless in Austin, Texas (the organization has operations all over the country). They have invited Danny, a homeless friend in Austin, to live on this billboard to draw attention to homelessness. The giant billboard sign point to Danny who is living up there as a reminder of our responsibility to care for the poor and homeless and also just how easy it is for us to ignore them.


Last summer a group of us from The Netzer Co-Op spent 48 hours homeless as part of the MLF Street Retreat. Their director, Alan Graham, is one of the most amazing models of Christian witness to the poor. Alan shot this video of us at worship under the bridge at the end of our retreat.

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