Full article linked below.
So if Bend churches etc are open to homeless on freezing nights, and there are far fewer than pdx has: why aren't the churches of portland metro area doing this en masse? Perhaps they aren't aware that in the middle of january, we have numbers of homeless well over 10,000, closer to 20,000 in oregon. Several thousand of those are in the metro area.
men, women, teens, and kids. including pregnant minors, and throwaway children. including battered women with no resources and who are in very bad shape. THE SHELTERS ARE ALL FULL AND TURNING AWAY HUNDREDS EVERY NIGHT!
And there are thousands who are staying for a week or a day on someone's couch. There are those who are unwelcome, but being given shelter by those who can't stand the thought of putting them out on the streets to die.
Some do die. The hospital emergency rooms fill up with homeless people who caught pneumonia or other illness from the cold and the bad street living or cold camping conditions. Some are attacked, raped, or murdered by others whom they do not know out in the dark.
Christians of Portland: open one secure room in each church (basement, etc) outfitted for the homeless mom, the homeless grandma, the homeless single woman. You will be doing Jesus a big favor and He won't punish you if you do. Because as you do unto the least of these who are His, you do it unto Him. But don't expect Him to help you when you are in dire straits, if you don't get it organized, get it setup, and help them.
HE IS ALREADY ASHAMED OF YOU FOR IGNORING THIS PROBLEM!
you could even limit it to people who affirm the nicene creed, OR are already christians, etc. BECAUSE THERE ARE PLENTY OF HOMELESS WHO BELONG TO CHRIST!
The Greater Church taking care of Christ's own, would free up scarce government and nonprofit resources for the harder cases who might not be welcome in your church basement. Or who should be served under different circumstances.
Talk to the churches who already do it, they are easy to find, but far too few.
GET TO IT! GO! I COMMAND YOU ALL IN THE NAME OF CHRIST, SEEK THE FATHER'S WILL ON THIS THING! ON YOUR KNEES! BEFORE HE COMES FOR YOU WITH A BIG STICK AND MAKES YOU HOMELESS TOO!
DON'T YOU SEE? THAT'S WHY THE MIDDLE CLASS IS LOSING GROUND- IT'S COMING HOME TO ROOST!PEOPLE ARE NOT TAKING CARE OF THEIR OWN, AND NEITHER ARE THE CHURCHES!
TAKE YOUR RELATIVES INTO YOUR HOME. TAKE THE HOMELESS CHRISTIANS INTO YOUR CHURCH ROOMS FOR SHELTER. DO IT IN THE NAME OF LORD JESUS CHRIST. BEFORE THEY DIE. NOW!
link to news.opb.org
link to www.oregon.gov