For the month of March, 2010, I had the absolute privilege to work with two fantastic organizations in New York City and to spend four days living homeless myself on the streets of Manhattan.  All three experiences were eye opening, to say the least, and each gave me a new perspective on working with and loving on the homeless in our cities.

Spending time with the Relief Bus was a blast.  Heading out onto the streets of NYC and just being there for people taught me a lot about what it means to live out the kingdom revolution.  Watching the Relief Bus staff at work showed me just how powerfully God can use even ordinary people!

The Relief Bus is a source of hope and life to many...

The Bowery Mission, where I lived for one week, was a remarkable vision of the kingdom of God.  Homeless men given hope, dignity and a second chance… I have never seen a place of such brokenness filled with such life and joy.

Below you will find each of the articles in this series, including the posts from my time living homeless (labeled “On the Streets”).  At the bottom of the article, you’ll find a video of my favorite pictures from the trip along with one of my favorite songs right now…

Enjoy!

Relief

All this month I will be embedded with New York City Relief. Already I can tell that it will be an incredible experience!

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The Long Climb

After meeting several heroin addicts on the streets of the Bronx, my perspective on drug addiction has begun to change…

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On the Streets

A few updates as I prepare to live homeless on the streets of New York City…

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On the Streets: Day One

On my first day living homeless in Manhattan I developed a whole new perspective on panhandling.

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On the Streets: The Station

After sleeping on the floor of Penn Station for a night, I learned how important it is to remember the invisible…

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On the Streets: The Shelter

After two nights living in a homeless shelter, I’ve had my understanding of homelessness totally changed…

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On the Streets: Alone

After four days on the streets of NYC, I’m realizing how disconnected the homeless can become from everyone else…

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What’s next?

After living on the streets, I am now going to be living in a homeless shelter to hear the stories of the people inside…

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Something Different

What is it about the Bowery’s program that makes everyone so joyful here?

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Arise

The incredible diversity among the men at the Bowery Mission reveals the Mission’s commitment to grace.

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Photo Gallery: Students of Hope

Through a structured and intentional program, the Bowery Mission gives hope to those that need it most.

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Grace

Why don’t homeless people just get a job?

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Irving

After meeting Irving for a second time, my bad mood drifted away…

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Messed Up Plans

What happens when Jesus comes in and totally “messes up” a person’s life?

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Photo Gallery: A Day With the Relief Bus

The Relief Bus is an incredibly practical way to help broken communities. Would you consider joining them?

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A Fighting Chance

Can one simple decision change a man’s life forever?

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New York City Trip Slide Show

Here is a video of my favorite pictures from this particular trip backed up by a fantastic song.  The music is by an artist named Matt Papa.  If you haven’t heard his album Your Kingdom Come, I strongly suggest that you pick it up!

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About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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  1. Kevin said... 

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    April 19th, 2010 at 11:59 pm  

    Great job! You do such a wonderful work. God communicates His love and abundant grace for all of His children through the work you do. It energizes and encourages me to want to reach out to others in His name. Thanks!

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