Some time back, I wrote an article concerning the homeless situation here in Myrtle Beach. We, Project Hope, had asked for some support from members of our community. It might not be surprising to many, that we were totally underwhelmed with offers of support. Three weeks ago, a small business owner gave us use of a site, with the understanding that we would clean it up and pick up after we were finished serving our homeless group. We said that would be small price to pay for the use of the site. On Saturday, as usual, we fed our group, cleaned up and thought this would work. Sadly, two days later, we were told that we could not use the site, as hoped, because the person that gave us permission received some strong requests that it was not acceptable.
Two weeks ago, a church, Seacoast Vineyard Church, was so kind as to find a place for us to feed our group, plus the church gave out boxed lunches to all our homeless friends in a beautiful gesture of Christian Love.
Last Saturday, we thought we had been given a site that we could have to use every Saturday. It was easy to get to, had nice cover in the event of rain, and out of the way so as not to disturb anyone. The pastor was very gracious, and was pleased to see someone trying to do acts of Christian love. As we were feeding our friends, the pastor had to tell us that someone had informed him that we couldn’t even use church grounds to feed the homeless.
I find it very hard to believe that the homeless are so undesirable that they can’t come to a church and be fed and given a little bit of Christian love. It is hard to believe that the church is being restricted in reaching out and helping those who need it most. This is sad, sad, sad.
In my Church, we are expected to offer this kind of love. If we don’t love every one, how can we love God who we have not seen.
The writer lives in North Myrtle Beach.