Beautiful People: A Little Job Search Help Goes A Long Way

Beautiful People: A Little Job Search Help Goes A Long WayBeautiful People is driven by brave warriors humble enough to tell their stories. It gives hope to the hopeless and heals our blindness, exposing misconceptions about the down and out – beautiful people living on the fringe.

I met “L.” a couple of months ago…he was such a beautiful young man who showed up every night at the meal site to voluntarily serve the poor. He was 21 years old, shy and quiet but his very aura just oozed sweetness. After a while I asked him if he worked another job? He said he couldn’t find a job Read more…

Beautiful People: To Sleep A Night In His Bed

Beautiful People: To Sleep A Night In His BedBeautiful People is driven by brave warriors humble enough to tell their stories. It gives hope to the hopeless and heals our blindness, exposing misconceptions about the down and out – beautiful people living on the fringe.

Monday, I went for a walk with my wheel chair bound friend from the meal site. As we walked, the place where a man sleeps under a porch on top of rocks. I saw his dirty wet sleeping bag. We walked one more block down into my friend’s back yard and there, Read more…

Beautiful People: The Prophetic Child

beautiful people: the prophetic childBeautiful People is driven by brave warriors humble enough to tell their stories. It gives hope to the hopeless and heals our blindness, exposing misconceptions about the down and out – beautiful people living on the fringe.

Last week I only had one person show up for my bible study. She was a lovely young child, only 14 years old, that hadn’t been exposed to God’s word. I told her that since it was just us we could read any part of the bible that might interest her. Read more…

Beautiful People: For Better or Worse, Till Death Do Us Part

Beautiful People: For Better or Worse, Till Death Do Us PartBeautiful People is driven by brave warriors humble enough to tell their stories. It gives hope to the hopeless and heals our blindness, exposing misconceptions about the down and out – beautiful people living on the fringe.

I recently had the privilege of meeting Rene and Larry.  Rene is an epileptic and just a week ago she was having seizures so bad that her doctor put her into a coma.  I met them the other night, just one week after the induced coma. They had just walked 8 blocks to the meal site because they had no food. As Rene tried to eat her hand would shake so much that she couldn’t get the food in her mouth.  She was trying to open a chocolate creamsicle and was having problems.  I was privileged to open it for her, wrap it in a napkin, pray for her and give them a ride home.  Larry, her husband, is so very attentive to her every move.  When I commented how nice he was to her, he pointed to his wedding ring and said “I will love her and take care of her until my last dying breath”.

This story was brought to you by Anne Kent

Anne Kent HeadshotAnne is an accomplished entrepreneur and follower of Jesus. She recently stepped away from her commercial ventures to begin ministering full-time to those in need. Anne has a passion for people and will never shy away from someone who needs her help. She resides in in the Milwaukee area with her husband who spends winters dreaming of his native Miami, Florida.

 

Photo by Clara S.

Beautiful People: Wasted For Sobriety’s Sake

Beautiful People: Wasted For Sobriety's SakeBeautiful People is driven by brave warriors humble enough to tell their stories. It gives hope to the hopeless and heals our blindness, exposing misconceptions about the down and out – beautiful people living on the fringe.

Peter moved here from Florida last fall after a divorce with his wife. He is an intelligent and witty man who has had chronic struggles with alcoholism. Peter lost his tent and sleeping bag to the rain and snow and now is now hustling (don’t know what that means) at the crack house. He asked me last week to read the bible with him as his eyes are getting bad and asked me to turn to Corinthians 13…love is gentle love is kind. He has a brother in Colorado that he has not talked to in 20 years and a couple of cousins. No one in the world who cares about him.

Last Friday Peter decided to get clean. He couldn’t do it on his own, so he reached out to a special program that provides support. Only problem is that the program is specifically geared towards individuals who have been picked up by the police for intoxication. That night Peter set out to get his blood alcohol above 2.0 so that he could call the cops and get taken into detox. Yesterday we began working with him on next steps.

This story was brought to you by Anne Kent

Anne Kent HeadshotAnne is an accomplished entrepreneur and follower of Jesus. She recently stepped away from her commercial ventures to begin ministering full-time to those in need. Anne has a passion for people and will never shy away from someone who needs her help. She resides in in the Milwaukee area with her loving husband who spends winters dreaming of his native Miami, Florida.

Beautiful People: War On The Inside

Beautiful People: War On The InsideBeautiful People is driven by brave warriors humble enough to tell their stories. It gives hope to the hopeless and heals our blindness, exposing misconceptions about the down and out – beautiful people living on the fringe.

Angel is my friend, he is a warm, kind hearted sensitive soul. Angel always speaks in a soft voice, almost a whisper, and he is a bit of loner…not trusting people. Angel was removed from his abusive home at 7 years old. He hasn’t shared with me what actually happened except to say it was very abusive. Angel was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar, causing him to spend his adolescence in foster homes and treatment centers. His wife and 5 kids left after 11 years when she met someone with money on the internet. I think his heart was broken and after that he has been just going down hill. His grandma, the only living relative that cared about him, just died and he was tossed from her house…. I know Angel is no stranger to the streets. Now he lives unmedicated in a dirty abandoned garage.

He has fallen through the cracks and has no source of income. He can’t afford the drugs to stop terrifying visions that haunt the midnight hours in his freezing, decrepit garage. He is alone in this. Last week after a snow storm…his only pair of shoes were wet. Can you imagine going home with wet feet to a freezing garage to sleep? We took him to Payless and got him a pair of boots…he was very grateful. Helping him to put on the dry clean socks and boots gave me an opportunity to emulate Christ for this man’s benefit…what an amazing experience. Now we are going to work with social security to get medicare for his prescriptions and also find a place for him to live.

This story was brought to you by Anne Kent

Anne Kent HeadshotAnne is an accomplished entrepreneur and follower of Jesus. She recently stepped away from her commercial ventures to begin ministering full-time to those in need. Anne has a passion for people and will never shy away from someone who needs her help. She resides in in the Milwaukee area with her loving husband who spends winters dreaming of his native Miami, Florida.

 

Photo by Joe Thorn

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