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Serving Families In Crisis

Podcast_Art3Welcome to the weekly podcast of “My Brother’s Keeper,” inciting a conspiracy of kindness and good deeds. This podcast is your weekly opportunity to get informed and to join the conspiracy. We try to make certain that each podcast features information, lessons, insights and interviews concerning such issues as homelessness, hunger, and people in crisis. Our goal goes beyond talking about issues.  We want to combine practical solutions with personal encouragement and offer a challenge to our listeners to get personally involved. While our perspective is that of historic Evangelical Christian faith, and while much of our audience is Christian, the issues we discuss and the solutions we offer go far beyond the walls of any Church or religious organization. We hope you will listen, become part of the conversation, and join our growing conspiracy of kindness and good deeds.

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can.”  – John Wesley

This Week’s Program Notes For “Serving Families In Crisis”

On this week’s program I Interview Steve Allen, Executive Director of Family Promise of Spokane, working with homeless families in the Spokane area.

Program Opening:  “How many families do you think are homeless on any given night in America? The number might surprise you. And some of them are right here in Spokane. According to the 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, on one night in January of 2013, something known as the “One Day Count,” there were roughly 71,000 homeless families in America representing 222,000 individuals. In other words, on that one night, people in homeless families represented one-out-of-three of all homeless people in America. And 2-out-of-three of the people in those homeless families were under the age of 25. According to the study, there were 7,143 homeless families in the state of Washington on that particular evening of 2013. But those are just numbers. So, let’s personalize this. Roughly 14 years ago our family experienced a financial upheaval which left us effectively homeless.”

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Steve Allen, Executive Director Family Promise of Spokane

 

Family Promise of Spokane Website.

Family Promise of Spokane Facebook.

 

 

 

New Day, New Time and New 1-Hour Format Next Week!

“My Brother’s Keeper” is moving. Starting January 3rd we are moving to our new day and time:  10:00AM on Saturdays! I hope you will join us and learn about our new “Radio Roundtable” format!  So, join me Saturday, January 3rd at 10:00AM. Find our full program schedule here!

Healing For Body And Soul

Podcast_Art3Welcome to the weekly podcast of “My Brother’s Keeper,” inciting a conspiracy of kindness and good deeds. This podcast is your weekly opportunity to get informed and to join the conspiracy. We try to make certain that each podcast features information, lessons, insights and interviews concerning such issues as homelessness, hunger, and people in crisis. Our goal goes beyond talking about issues.  We want to combine practical solutions with personal encouragement and offer a challenge to our listeners to get personally involved. While our perspective is that of historic Evangelical Christian faith, and while much of our audience is Christian, the issues we discuss and the solutions we offer go far beyond the walls of any Church or religious organization. We hope you will listen, become part of the conversation, and join our growing conspiracy of kindness and good deeds.

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can.”  – John Wesley

This Week’s Program Notes For “Healing For Body And Soul”

On this week’s program I Interview Kristine Ruggles, Executive Director of Christ Clinic and Christ Kitchen, a medical and outreach ministry  to low income individuals and families, and women emerging from poverty.

Program Opening: You and I live in and are part of a society which turns a blind eye toward a problem once the news media announces a new government program to “meet the need” or to “solve the problem.” Government has acted. The problem has been solved. We can all go home now to our meetings and our bible studies. Nothing to see here. The personal Judgment Day described in Matthew 25 has been avoided, if not cancelled outright, courtesy of your politician.  Everything is OK. Or is it? What about those pesky commands of Jesus to serve “the Least of These.” I believe those commands serve a two-fold purpose. First, I believe that  our obedience to those commands represents an opportunity to be salt and light as we demonstrate the genuine love and compassion of God toward those in need. But secondly, I believe that such opportunities to serve also lay the ground work for building long-lasting relationships which can lead to making disciples of the Kingdom. To allow others to co-opt and deny us those opportunities to serve is to ALSO allow them to co-opt and deny us those relationships and the opportunity to make disciples of the Kingdom. 

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Christ Clinic Website

Christ Kitchen Website

Facebook Page

 

 

Next Week’s Program

On next week’s program/podcast I will be sharing my reflections on Christmas in a program entitled “Christmas Reflection On Christmas, Changing Paradigms and The Journey of The Magi.” I hope you’ll join me.

Thursday’s Child

Podcast_Art3Welcome to the weekly podcast of “MY Brother’s Keeper,” inciting a conspiracy of kindness and good deeds. This podcast is your weekly opportunity to get informed and to join the conspiracy. We try to make certain that each podcast features information, lessons, insights and interviews concerning such issues as homelessness, hunger, and people in crisis. Our goal goes beyond talking about issues.  We want to combine practical solutions with personal encouragement and offer a challenge to our listeners to get personally involved. While our perspective is that of historic Evangelical Christian faith, and while much of our audience is Christian, the issues we discuss and the solutions we offer go far beyond the walls of any Church or religious organization. We hope you will listen, become part of the conversation, and join our growing conspiracy of kindness and good deeds.

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can.”  – John Wesley

This Week’s Program Notes For “Thursday’s Child”

On this week’s program I Interview Mark Terrell, Director of Cup of Cool Water, an outreach ministry which focuses on homeless tees on the streets of Spokane.

Program Opening: “According to the 2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report To Congress (known as the AHAR Report), on a single night in January of 2013 there were roughly 200,000 homeless children and youth in America. That’s kids age 24 and under, or roughly one-third of all homeless people on that night in America. Roughly 47,000 of those were classified as “unaccompanied” by an adult or being part of a homeless family, and half of those (or some 23,000) were classified as “unsheltered” – not living in an identifiable home or homeless shelter. According to the AHAR Report  there were 1,167 unaccompanied homeless youth in the State of Washington on this one night in January of 2013 when this study was done. And yet, as you will hear on the upcoming interview, my guest and I believe there may be as many as 3,000 unaccompanied homeless Youth in Spokane County, suggesting that official surveys continue to undercount and ultimately  underestimate the problem.” 

 Cup of Cool Water Website

Cup of Cool Water Facebook Page 

Next Week’s Program

On next week’s program/podcast I will be interviewing Kristine Ruggles, Executive Director of Christ Clinic and Christ Kitchen, two outreaches to the working poor and women emerging from poverty in Spokane. Be sure to join us!

Who Am I?

Podcast_Art3Welcome to the weekly podcast of “MY Brother’s Keeper,” inciting a conspiracy of kindness and good deeds. This podcast is your weekly opportunity to get informed and to join the conspiracy. We try to make certain that each podcast features information, lessons, insights and interviews concerning such issues as homelessness, hunger, and people in crisis. Our goal goes beyond talking about issues.  We want to combine practical solutions with personal encouragement and offer a challenge to our listeners to get personally involved. While our perspective is that of historic Evangelical Christian faith, and while much of our audience is Christian, the issues we discuss and the solutions we offer go far beyond the walls of any Church or religious organization. We hope you will listen, become part of the conversation, and join our growing conspiracy of kindness and good deeds.

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can.”  – John Wesley

This Week’s Program Notes For “Who Am I?”

On this week’s program I Interview Michael Dippy, Executive Director of IDignity, based in Orlando, Florida, “Restoring Dignity and Hope By Providing Identification.”

Program Opening: “Let me ask you a question. Do you know who you are? And can you prove it?  For thousands of homeless people all across our country, and right here in Spokane, proving who they are is nearly impossible. My guess would be that most of us have never had a problem proving who we are. In fact, you and I probably have multiple forms of legal identification: a certified copy of your birth certificate; a Social Security Card; a State Driver’s License; even a U.S. Passport. I’ve got all four of those and many of you do, too. We can easily prove to anyone who needs to know exactly who we are: Banks and financial institutions, schools, employers, government agencies. But for just a moment imagine trying to do normal everyday things without any ID.”

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Michael Dippy, Executive Director IDignity

 


IDignity Website

IDignity Facebook Page 

 

 

 

 

Next Week’s Program

On next week’s program/podcast I will be interviewing Mark Terrell, Director of Cup of Cool Water as we discuss the status of homeless teens on the streets of Spokane. Be sure to join us!

You Can Make A Difference This Thanksgiving

20140929_193404Those of you who have followed our ministry to the homeless know that Gale and I serve on the Board of Directors for Truth MInistries, a men’s homeless shelter in Spokane that feeds and houses 40+ homeless men every night of the week. A couple of months ago our primary refrigerator (the black one behind my left shoulder in this picture) died. We have been getting by with an old stand-by, but we REALLY need a new one. We have identified a new (and under warranty) commercial refrigerator which will meet our needs. The cost?: $2,300. We have raised roughly half the needed amount, but we need your help. Your generous donation would help us achieve our goal of a new refrigerator before Christmas. You can contact Truth Ministries directly via their website or Facebook page, or you can use the DONATE button in the right-hand page menu of THIS page (which will allow you to use a debit/credit card via PayPal. We’ll see to it that all donations tagged “refrigerator” goes to Truth Ministries). Here’s your opportuniy to make a real and practical difference this Thanksgiving. Blessings, Maurice.