Saturday, April 25, 2009

Under the Overpass

Category: Books
Genre: Other
Author: Mike Yankoski
After meals from garbage cans and dumpsters, night after night Mike and Sam found their beds under bridges and on the streets. They were forced to depend on the generosity and kindness of strangers as they panhandled to sustain their existence. For more than five months, the pair experienced firsthand the extreme pains of hunger, the constant uncertainty and danger of living on the streets, exhaustion, depression, and social rejection—and all of this by their own choice. This is their story. Through Mike’s firsthand account, Under the Overpass provides important insight into the truths of the street and calls the younger generation of believers to take great risks of faith to bring Christ’s love to the neediest corners of the world.

A worth reading book. Not some 5 steps on improving your life or whatever you want to call it. Mike and his companion, Sam, journeyed as homeless man for five months. Not for a project or even in response to dare. He needed to know his faith in God was real - if he could actually be the Christian he said he was apart from the comforts he'd always known.
And being a homeless is i guess really the stepping out of the comfort zone. No home, no money saved for what's about to come, hungry, no enough clothes. But it reminds me the scripture which Patty shared last thanksgiving Matthew 4:4 "Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" Not relying on this world's comfort but on God alone. not with just material blessings we see if God really bless us when we obey Him, but the love that is shown with our brothers, neighbors that is amazingly priceless.
Their journey also inspire us, Christians, that each and everyone of us is made in God's image, whether they smell bad or they are mentally ill. We do not judge others based on their appearance, people get saved not because of plain doctrine at first, but by seeing the love in the church. But we should not compromise with sin.

1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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