Urban Purpose 40.40.40

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Birmingham has a HUGE homeless population, most of whom ended up on the streets after drug abuse, mental illness, or alcohol addiction affected their livelihood. While we have extremely generous people in our city that provide food for our homeless population, one ministry takes help a step further. Urban Purpose was started a few years ago by friends of ours, and they exist to minister to the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of the homeless.

Urban Purpose provides a meal each Sunday afternoon to about 75-100 people living on the streets of downtown Birmingham. But the meal they provide is only a first step in building relationships with people. Volunteers talk to people, pray with them, and seek to become involved with them outside of the Sunday meal in order to provide help. Help can come in the form of temporary or long-term housing, counseling, medical care, drug and alcohol recovery, and employment opportunities. In the time Jonathan and I have been involved with Urban Purpose, it has been a real joy to see people turn to Jesus, and allow Him to help them put their lives back together.

Like all ministries, Urban Purpose is dependent on the donations of individuals, companies, churches and others to provide they services they do. They are just starting a fund-raising program, and I wanted to let you know about, in case any of you have been looking for a way to care for the poor. In the next 40 days, they are looking for 40 new donors to give at east $40 per month. It’s that simple. If you feel like God is calling you to do more for the poor in Birmingham than you are currently doing, please click here to be directed to their page. Of course, if you’d like to be more actively involved, you can plug into their ministry by going downtown with them on Sunday afternoons or providing the Sunday meal. They are always looking for individuals to counsel with their clients, especially in their spiritual walk. If this sounds like something you’d like to do, let me know and Ill get you plugged in with them.

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