SECRET Mission THEME
"HELPING THE HOMELESS"
According to the National Alliance to end Homelessness, on a single night in January 2014 in the middle of winter, 578,424 people were experiencing homelessness in America— meaning they were sleeping outside, in an emergency shelter or living in transitional housing. Imagine not having a place to call home or not knowing where you will sleep tonight.
The homeless exist in virtually every city, often greatly exceeding the number of emergency shelter and transitional housing spaces available. Most of these people are single adults with about 42% being parts of families, unaccompanied minors or veterans. About a third of these individuals are suffering from some type of mental illness.
Most Americans are a paycheck or two away from being homeless. Things happen — you or someone you love could lose their job, become ill and could be walking in the shoes of a homeless person. If we would admit it, most of us can say, “but for the grace of God, go I.” This month we want to reach out and help our homeless brothers and sisters especially during this cold winter month. We all have things in our homes that we can donate: coats, gloves, scarves, blankets, a meal, some toiletries, etc. And if there are no homeless people in your town, it’s likely you know someone who needs a place to stay or is having trouble paying their rent or mortgage. As we enter 2016, thank God that you have a place to lay your head by secretly and generously blessing someone less fortunate.
Secretly drop off a blanket or a jacket in an area where homeless people frequently congregate.
Volunteer your time or donate items to a local church/organization that help the homeless.
Provide water or a non-perishable food item to the next homeless person you see.
Secretly give some cash to someone you know who is struggling to pay his/her rent or mortgage.
When meeting the need of your "Secret Mission Assignment", don’t forget to point them to Christ, by leaving them a simple anonymous note with an encouraging scripture, or a note that God loves them, sees their need, has answered their prayer or wants to change their lives for the better. You can create or write your own anonymous notes or order GSS Agent Note Cards and Calling Cards from the GSSA