It’s really quite simple.
Every Saturday a group of people stocked with water, sandwiches and snacks go out to homeless camps and feed the homeless.
It all started with a vision of a woman named Bianca who was undergoing chemo therapy for a brain tumor. During her treatment she prayed, “Lord, I know I may have disabilities but my hands work well, please use my hands and give me something to do for You. I want to work for your kingdom.” That day the Lord told her to go out and feed & pray for the homeless in the area. On July 1st 2011, a very simple ministry was born.
It started over 2 years with one person and 60 lunches. Today, groups of people work from 10am to 4pm by bringing water, lunches & basic essentials like clothing, toothpaste or soap to the homeless in Bay Point, Antioch and Pittsburg.
“We believe in people when they don’t believe in themselves. We bring hope, love, prayers and nourishment to hungry tummies and hungry souls.”
They call themselves “Drive By Christians” and their vision is to carry out Jesus teaching in Matthew 25 where He laid out in very simple terms what He wants us to be doing. He said,”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.”
I’m often overwhelmed by the brokenness of the world – desperately wanting to do something to make it better. I get bogged down in the deeply complicated nature of the social problems plaguing our day – or the depth of the heartbreak permeating this world. I get sucked into thinking that eliminating the problem is the only worth while thing doing. I begin to call on seemingly powerful individuals in the church or in the government who should “do something about this problem” or “create a program that solves homelessness, etc…”
But once I’m buried deep in the enormity of a social issue or feel righteously justified by disdain for the horrible-ness of the world we live in I’ve found that I’ve simultaneously dehumanized a very human problem, I’ve ignored basic needs in people that I am capable of meeting, and I’ve completely underestimated the power of relationships.
I love Drive by Christians because they are not paralyzed by the enormity of a problem – instead the are focused on meeting very basic needs. They are committed to engaging in relationships. But more than that even – they empowering others to do the same.
Drive by Christians is not a program, it’s not a system, it’s not a three part solution with a billion dollar budget.
Drive by Christians is simply about sandwiches and relationships. They are about valuing people – especially those who feel (and are often seen) as if they are value-less.
It’s really quite simple.
So here’s what we are going to do.
On March 16 & 17 SG Photo is going to hold Spring mini sessions at Lime Ridge Open Space. All of the profit (and I mean all of it, like 100% of it) will be donated to Drive By Christians. Packages offered range from $150 (for 3 digital files) to $350 (for the entire collection of digital files) with one in between. I will be releasing more information on times and packages soon. So stay tuned!
If you want to have first dibs at time slots – email me and I’ll contact you before I go public :).
Family pictures to help families in need?
It’s so simple. Let’s do!