Those of us involved in direct church ministry (feet on the ground as opposed to thoughts from the tower) realize the almost constant movement of those in need to our doors. And now, what with the serious economic crash, the resources of most churches are being severely stretched by the very real needs of those coming to us who want for the most basic survival necessities.
PBS's Religion & Ethics host, Bob Abernethy, featured this important issue on March 27 of this year (go here). Recently, Jane Raphael, our Church & Community Director made this appeal to thirdspeople:
I would be interested in any thoughts, experiences, insights of others who are seeing this same troubling trend.