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This week our school is doing outreach in San Francisco. Last time we were here, I absolutely hated it, but this time has proved to be a much better experience.

Free Socks
Today’s activity was giving out socks, but the point of all activities is conversation and building relationship with people. The first person we found was a lady just sitting on the sidewalk, with a can of beer on one and on the other side was a glass bottle of some sort of liquor. Once we gave her socks and attempted to start a conversation, it became clear that she was distraught, and maybe a little drunk. We could really only decipher a few words here and there, none-the-less we prayed for her, and then moved on.

We rounded the corner and gave a pair of socks to an older man in a wheel-chair. He was even harder to understand. He let us pray for him, and he either zoned out, or was just resting and enjoying God’s presence.

All the other groups came back with crazy stories about the people they talked to, but somehow we only found the incoherent ones.

Homeless Lunch
We made ourselves a sack lunch, and an extra sack lunch for someone else. Once again, the point is not so much to give out food, but to talk to people. Apparently we arrived at the park late for lunch break, because it seemed everyone had moved on to nap-time. But this time, the Lord blessed us with a great conversation with some new friends in the park,

Duane & I found a lovely couple and sitting by a wall, and wide awake. We offered them lunch and asked if we could join them. They were not typical homeless people at all, in fact they were nicely dressed and sitting on a bright picnic blanket. They had lost their jobs in January and were running out of money, so they sold most of their furniture, and got a small storage unit to keep their clothes, they also bought sleeping bags, air mattress, and Kindle (electronic book) to prepared for the homeless life-style, which they seemed to be enjoying. The man lounged on the blanket, with his hat over his face, “I don’t want a job now, I’ve got better things to do.” “Like what? take a nap?” the woman mocked, as she continued to crochet a purse. They were so grateful for lunch, and we had a lovely time talking about travels, India, gods, and God.

Becky is wife to Duane, mama to "Monkey-girl" and baby "Lioness" aka "PipSqueek." She is the administrative powerhouse for YWAM Bend and keeps our team grounded and organized. Her hope is to inspire and encourage other mamas in their journey to raise healthy, thriving families.
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