BostonHomelessIf you are ignorant to the plight of America’s homeless, the website http://invisiblepeople.tv is an amazing place to begin reversing that (and by “ignorant” I don’t mean it in the rude or judgmental way).  Or even if you’re just interested. I recommend it for anyone. Since moving to MN I’ve been visiting the blog regularly, where an ex-Hollywood mogul, a few times homeless, travels around our nation to interview and video tape men and women who are struggling with severe poverty. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I was exposed to this kind of education as soon as I began this community volunteer program, where we intentionally work along with the poor and marginalized. It’s uncomfortable to watch the videos and hear these stories sometimes. But God is breaking my heart for this community just like He did for the East Asian population a year ago. He instilled a bigger heart for the nations in me, right before I applied to travel overseas to East Asia to pursue a ministry there.

Anyway, this morning’s post struck me deeply. I wanted to share the video and the blog that went with it:

Boston from InvisiblePeople.tv on Vimeo.

Boston has been on the street for 15 years. He has mental health issues, and he consistently fights with depression and addiction. As a child, he lost both of his parents–his mother to murder. From there, it was to his grandparents, an alcoholic and dysfunctional household.

He left there for the streets, and in his own words, he met a lot of good people with a lot of bad habits. With no alarm clock and no ability to shower, a job was hard to come by.

He was most grateful for clean socks. Thanks to Hanes, I was able to give him fresh socks, the one physical thing he was in most dire need of.

Boston sees a light at the end of the tunnel, and he sees a future for himself and his family. He was a true encouragement. His three wishes were only to help those around him. And he’s fine with being on the streets if that’s where he needs to be to help and bless others.

The truth that’s often lost is mental health issues could happen to any of us, or any of the ones we love. But we often view them and the homeless who experience them as beneath us.

Here’s to hoping Boston keeps moving towards health and success.

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