Wichita Falls Faith Mission is celebrating 60 years of serving the homeless through our three locations ― Faith Refuge, Faith Mission, and Faith Resale and Donation Center. The process of helping the homeless get back on their feet is sometimes long and daunting, but God is faithful, and we’ve seen countless stories of homelessness rewritten.
Because we are celebrating 60 years of ministering to the homeless, over the next ten weeks I want to give Ten ways to address homelessness with 60 different reasons or actions steps for each way. The first way to address homelessness is. . .
- Don’t give up on hope.
There are numerous stories of homeless people who did not overcome their addiction or hopelessness after the first, second or third time someone reached out to them. Don’t give up on hope because it might take 20 times reaching out to the lost.
- Janet (pictured right) was known as “Janet from another planet” when she lived on the streets. Through the help of Wichita Falls Faith Mission, Janet is no longer known as a Dope Fiend. She is now a Hope Fiend who serves as the New Beginnings Director for Wichita Falls Faith Mission at Faith Refuge. She brings hope to homeless women and women addicted to drugs and alcohol.
- Pete lived on the streets before he gave his heart to Christ during a chapel service at Wichita Falls Faith Mission. The message was delivered by First Baptist Church Burkburnett. Pete surrendered his life to the Lord on September 15, 2005, at 7:55 pm. That moment marks the exact time he overcame his addiction and never turned back to his old ways. Now he spends his time giving hope to the homeless and sharing the love of Christ.
- The underwear bandit robbed a McDonald’s with a girdle covering her face so she could support her drug habit. Now she supports the homeless by offering words of encouragement over the phone and in person at our women and children’s shelter, Faith Refuge.
- Clarence hitch-hiked his way across many states until someone dropped him off at Wichita Falls Faith Mission. He joined the drug and alcohol recovery program, and thirty years later Clarence is still clean and sober. He no longer drifts from place to place. Instead, he found his purpose in serving food to the homeless. Clarence has been a staff member serving in our kitchen for over 18 years.
- Sometimes people do not see the backstory of what causes a person to turn to drugs. Shattered by her addiction, Megan could not see how the pieces of her life could be picked back up again ― BUT God saw. By HIS love Megan was restored. As a case manager for Wichita Falls Faith Mission, Megan helps numerous women get back up on their feet with the help of several organizations in Wichita Falls.
- Living in a car and diving into dumpsters to find things to sell is how Andrew supported his two children during one period of his life. Andrew’s drug addiction started in Junior High with marijuana, opening the door to over a decade of addiction. After two trips to rehab, Andrew is drug-free. He believes his calling is to mentor men in New Beginnings, which is an alcohol and drug addiction recovery program at Faith Mission. He now works at Wichita Falls Faith Mission’s resale store as a truck driver and a sales associate.