May 14, 2016

 

There are invisible people in our communities.  They are all around us.  Relax, I’m not going to tell you I once was abducted by aliens. They aren’t invisible to us in a physical sense.  They are invisible to us to in a value sense.  They are people we have a tendency...

April 23, 2016

 

It’s hard to believe I’ve already been living in skid row for three months.  It’s been a whirlwind of activity and significant ministry opportunity.  I had kidded with friends saying, “I feel like for the first 25 years of my ministry I had been a family practitioner...

April 16, 2016

 

Last week Betty and I represented the Union Rescue Mission @ Bel Air Presbyterian Church for an Outreach Day.  Bel Air is close to Hollywood and the church sits atop a hill overlooking the entire valley… very impressive to say the least.  It’s a well-to-do church with...

April 9, 2016

 

Front line soldiers can grow weary and they need back-up support.  Here at the Union Rescue Mission the employees are serving Jesus on the front lines of the battle field.  They come to work every week into the worst neighborhood in the country, dealing with some of t...

April 2, 2016

 

Tragedy abounds on skid row.  That’s an obvious fact to anyone who even drives by.  What’s not always as obvious is that Hope also abounds on skid row.  I’ve seen Hope arise out of Tragedy just these past weeks.
 
God is in the business of fixing broken thin...

March 19, 2016

 

What do you do when you come across a person begging on the street?  That’s a dilemma we all face now and again.  I face it every day now. 
 
Giving them money is not my standard practice but I don’t feel right about just ignoring them either.  It doesn’t ha...

March 5, 2016

 

There is a coalition of churches in the San Gabriel Valley that work together to provide Winter housing for those experiencing homelessness in their community.  Each church takes turns hosting for two weeks.  They provide cots and meals from December 1 through the end...

February 27, 2016

Here’s something you don’t want your doctor to say…  “You have only weeks to live”!
 
That’s what Myra is dealing with today.  Myra Hooper is a single mother.  She and her eight-year-old daughter, Nevaeh, are living at Hope Gardens, the URM’s 77 acre facility to minist...