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Groupness – homeless redefining community

I met Herman today during lunch.  We had a good time reconnecting.  Today was a good day for him…his mind was very clear.  We started talking about the money I have stored away for him – and how I feel bad that we haven’t found a good way to spend it on him.  He told me to keep the money for now, and that it was better for me to hold on to it until he gets his apartment.  I can tell he trusts me.

The good news is that Herman is next on the list to get an apartment through the agency he’s working with.  Please pray that something opens up soon.  He’s been on the waiting list for over 2 years and he’s getting close.300px-wilmingtonstation

Herman started talking about a little group of homeless friends that spend nights together in the Wilmington Train station (pictured above) – from about 7:30 PM to around 6 AM…Hollywood, Hum’bird, Angel, Herman and another “old mama”.

He was talking about how they have “groupness“.

I said, “oh you mean you have community?”

He said, “No, groupness…you know – we look out for each other.”

I said, “Oh yeah, groupness

There you go, a new vocab word…

group·ness (grōō’p nēss)
n.   Slang

  1. a social group of 5 people or less whose members are unrelated but reside in a specific locality, share food and blankets, and often have a common heritage, and who look out for each other…
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50000shoes.com – 50,000 pairs in 50 days challenge

The 50,000 Pairs in 50 Days Challenge

TODAY IS THE LAUNCH OF 50000SHOES.COM!

soles4souls is an amazing charity in nashville that has one mission: get shoes to people who need shoes. over 300 million people around the world don’t have shoes and are forced to walk around unsafe and in potentially life-threatening conditions. not only is it unsafe physically, but having to look down all the time causes these people to also live without dignity and confidence.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

go to 50000shoes.com. a $5 donation buys two pairs of shoes.

this is too easy not to be part of…don’t miss your chance.

the person in me

Ben and I were hanging with Herman over the summer and at the time he (Herman) had been beaten up by a guy on the street…his eye was all swollen.  I guess it really is dangerous to live on the street?

I was just re-reading my journal today and found a quote from Herman about the incident.  This is how Herman described his feelings that day…

The person in me wants to repay him…but the God in me wants to forgive him.

Herman may lack solid theology, but he has a way with words.  You gotta give him that.

I Heart Revolution by Hillsong United – streaming on Relevant

Ahh, a treat for my faithful few…

For the next few days you can watch Hillsong United’s new DVD in HD on Relevant TV…each song is a different track.  Beautiful worship from around the world – really beautiful sounds and visually impressive.

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/TV/

Herman update

Terry Foester October 16, 2008 at 4:13 pm

I’m sorry for not updating you on Herman…

I still meet with Herman almost every Wednesday.

Herman is still on the street. We still have the money sitting/waiting for him…I still give him clothes and food (And Bibles – which he in turn hands out 🙂 – but he’s not open to getting counseling right now. After his time in prison, he had a good stretch where he showed some improvement towards his outlook.

Now he’s back in a rut…causing trouble on the street…but we’re still his friend, still trying to love on him.

I will bring some new love to the blog SOON!

Haiti Relief

My good friend Cody recently got back from Haiti.

Through his work with the North American Mission Board, Cody is helping funnel relief funds to Haiti with the recent crisis.  Here is a brief update from his blog:

I just got off the phone with one of our contacts where we were working in Haiti and was told that the death toll is now over 500 and still climbing due to the hurricanes that have devastated Haiti.  People are literally starving to death and dying of thirst because of all of the flooding.

The village where we just returned from, Camp Coq (a tiny village 2 hours from the city of Cape Haitien) has been devastated.  Homes where we were just visiting last week are completely gone.  The church and orphanage are ok, and any other home made of concrete.  But the homes that are not made of concrete have been destroyed.

Jamare’s home has been destroyed.  Where will she go?

You can read all the details here, and see some great photos from his trip to Haiti.

He also has an update here on how the Delaware Baptist Association is getting involved.

I agree with Cody’s encourgement to get involved with prayer and giving.

Brandon Heath – Give Me Your Eyes

My cool sis Natalie pointed out that the song “Give Me Your Eyes” by Brandon Heath reminded her of what we’re doing on the streets of Wilmington. Brandon Heath also reminds me a little of Matt Kearny.

I like the lyrics – Give me your eyes so I can see everything that I keep missing.

Look down from a broken sky
Traced out by the city lights
My world from a mile high
Best seat in the house tonight
Touch down on the cold black top
Hold on for the sudden stop
Breathe in the familiar shock
Of confusion and chaos
All those people going somewhere
Why have I never cared

Chorus:
Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me your love for humanity
Give me your arms for the broken-hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me your heart for the ones forgotten
Give me your eyes so I can see

Step out on a busy street
See a girl and our eyes meet
Does her best to smile at me
To hide what’s underneath
There’s a man just to her right
Black suit and a bright red tie
Too ashamed to tell his wife
He’s out of work, he’s buying time
All those people going somewhere
Why have I never cared

Chorus

I’ve been here a million times
A couple of million eyes
Just move and pass me by
I swear I never thought that I was wrong
Well, I want a second glance
So give me a second chance
To see the way You’ve seen the people all along


author – Terry Foester

I'm a family man at heart. I admit my world revolves around my wife Libby and our 3 hooligans...Eli, Eden and Silas. They are easy to love. I'm trying to learn to love the rest of you. I also like to ask questions.

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