by Amanda Quraishi
Mobile Loaves & Fishes is known for helping people learn empathy in the most visceral ways. Our Street Retreats happen 2-3 times a year and they involve taking to the streets for 48-72 hours to experience living as the homeless do. Participants come away from these retreats with a greater understanding of the hardship of street life and a better grasp of the root causes of homelessness.
This Friday afternoon our participants will meet up at 4pm and then we’ll be dropped downtown with nothing but what we’re wearing…no food or water, and no money. We’ll make our way on the streets for two days finding whatever we can to survive. Sunday morning we’ll be attending the Church Under the Bridge Service (7th Street and IH-35 across from the police station at 10 a.m.) and I invite any of our local friends down there if you’re around.
Most of us will not have a phone or any other device with us either, however since I’m going to be documenting experience I will have an iPhone with me. I invite you to follow me on Instagram and Twitter, which I’ll be updating as things happen on the streets. When I get back next week I’ll write a blog post with a wrap up that will include all the photos and video I take out there.
While I am a little nervous, I think the weather report is probably the most daunting part of the whole thing. Please do pray for our safety, and that we are able to learn and grow from the experience. Please pray that we learn humility, empathy and allow any hardship we suffer to soften our hearts toward the people who suffer these same things without a home to go to when the weekend is over.