Have you ever felt alone?
Have you ever felt unloved?
Have you ever felt unwanted?
They are not good feelings. They are feelings of desperation. They are feelings shrouded in darkness – where one feels helpless – where one feels unsafe – where one feels thrown away.
I want you to imagine all of these things and apply them to yourself. You have probably felt them yourself at one time or another in your life. Maybe you remember the anguish that goes with it – the ache of your heart.
Now I want you to imagine something else . . .
I want you to imagine that you are a child going through this. Specifically, a teenage child.
I want you to imagine that you are a teenage child that is pregnant.
Finally, I want you to imagine that you are a teenage child that is pregnant and also homeless . . .
Can you picture that? How desperate would it feel to be a young girl thrown away by society?
Now imagine all of these things and then finding a place that cares for you and loves you. A place that takes you off the street and gives you a home. What a relief that must be. You actually have hope . . .
Now imagine after finding this – after finding a caring home and love that a fire makes you homeless once again. How desperate would you feel? As one girl lamented:
“I’m homeless again . . .”
This is what Mother’s Refuge in Independence, Missouri has been – a place of refuge for these girls. They give these homeless teenage pregnant teens a home. A place to live while they are pregnant – a place live and to care for their baby after they have it for up to a year. A place that shares the faith with them.
A fire did major damage to their house last week leaving them homeless again.
Yeshua (Jesus) gives us some instruction about the throw aways of society when he is teaching His talmidim (disciples):
Matthew 25:40 (CJB)
40 The King will say to them,
‘Yes! I tell you that whenever you did these things
for one of the least important of these brothers of mine,
you did them for me!’
Yeshua also goes the other way so that there will be no confusion later on – no rationalizations that will work:
Matthew 25:45 (CJB)
45 And he will answer them,
‘Yes! I tell you that whenever you refused to do it
for the least important of these people,
you refused to do it for me!’
My wife and I have supported these girls for years in one way or another. I would encourage you to do the same.
Teenage pregnant homeless girls may be the least of us, but they are not the least important. In fact, they may well be the MOST important!
One of the ways they are trying to raise money to fixed their fire damaged home is by entering the 2012 Passion Awards:
You can vote on Facebook here:
The winner receives $10,000. I would strongly encourage you to vote for them because homeless, teenage and pregnant is not something anyone would want to be!
This is the website for Mother’s Refuge is here:
If you want to make a donation to them directly, they have a way to contact them on that page under contacts.
In closing, I want to remind you of something you may or may not have missed. These homeless teenagers are NOT aborting their children!
They are facing the most uncertain future in the world
and they are not throwing away a human life because it is inconvenient, or the wrong sex, or would hurt their career.