Backpacks for the Homeless
It began with seeing a need. Our hearts and souls were stirred to take action
This slide show is the assembly of the backpacks
Good deeds are not done by walking into a church. They are done when you walk out of the church and help others.
This slide show is the distribution of the backpacks
‘Backpacks’ for Homeless Men, Women, Children and Homeless Veterans
Thank you for taking the time to read this page. We are a nonprofit group that is 100% volunteer based. We work from a platform of committed service, love and purpose. Our goal is to supply to those in need with ‘Backpacks’ that are filled with food and hygiene items as well as first-aid kits, dental kits and other items based on the season of distribution.
These desperately needed backpacks are used throughout the year by those who are homeless to preserve what few precious items that they possess. Each backpack is given with no questions asked and no forms to fill out.
2018 is our tenth (10th) year of fulfilling this need. The average cost of each filled backpack is $85.00 to $110.00 based on the various items that we are able to collect.
Maybe you would consider making a donation to assist us in reaching out to…help homeless Men, Women, Children and our homeless Veterans in the Treasure Valley. 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes directly to purchasing backpacks, the food items and other supplies.
We know that is it difficult to measure the full impact of your gift to our cause and how it will affect the lives of hundreds of people. But we hope that a simple, but powerful ‘knowing’ will fill your heart. Even the smallest donation will make a huge difference. You can ‘donate’ and read more by clicking our ‘Donate Here’ button that will take you to our Go Fund Me Page. If you cannot donate at this time, your prayers regarding our efforts would be greatly appreciated. God Bless.
Homeless Pastor Camps Out in Front of Church to See What People Would Do
You may remember this short story that went viral a few years ago about a homeless pastor -- a pastor who posed as a homeless man outside of his church. This, is NOT that story. This is a real video about a real pastor. This is not a work of fiction--it really happened and you can watch the video and see the story unfold for yourself!
In the original story, all the churchgoers walked right by the ‘homeless man’ and nobody offered him money, food or even spoke to the man. Then their new pastor walked up to the pulpit and recited Matthew 25:34 to them.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
Then the righteous will answer him, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
In the original short story, their new pastor then revealed himself to the congregation, and they wept at their terrible, un-Christian behavior!
In this new video that Pastor James MacDonald uploaded to GodTube, we can see first-hand how his story plays out in real-life. Possibly inspired by that original story and curious to see how his own congregation would react, Pastor James dressed up as a homeless person and camped outside of his church’s campuses for several days.
Then he shared the video of his church congregation’s reactions and explained why they had him crying under his fake beard.
Did his congregation do the same thing as the people in the original story? Did they turn their back on a man in need, even as they walked through the doors of their own church?
This video may remind some of the popular TV News segment ‘What Would You Do?’ Watch and see for yourself how people responded to this ‘homeless pastor!’