I’m a little behind, but I have been reading!
So far, I’ve read:
“Between the Assassinations,” by Aravind Adiga
“Freckles,” by Gene-Stratton Porter
“The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture,” by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
“Under the Overpass,” by Mike Yankoski
“A church is just a building if there’s no one in it.”
I think, many times, in the West we associate church with the building and not the people.
The church is the body of Christ- not the building they meet in. The church is the men, women and children sitting crossed-legged on cold tile in a living room, singing worship songs loudly and with total abandon.
Mike Yankoski’s book, “Under the Overpass,” is a wonderful reminder of who the body of Christ is.
Yankoski spent several months as a homeless man on the streets of six different cities. Why? He felt God leading him to walk into the shoes of the homeless.
I have great respect for what Yankoski did. I’ve seen the homeless in Asia and it breaks my heart every time. I loved that Yankoski took the time to do as Jesus did, walk in the people’s shoes.
It reminds me of the Casting Crowns song, “If We Are the Body.” If we are the body, why aren’t our arms moving and reaching the homeless?
The book confirmed in me the desire to help the homeless here in Asia, through buying them food or stopping to acknowledge them.
I’d encourage you to do the same.