Church Home for Homeless (UMTV)

Posted By on October 19, 2019


[Brian Combs] When someone on
the streets comes up to me and says “Brian, are you homeless? Are you staying at the mission?” I can’t get that if
I’m wearing this, so… [narrator] The Reverend
Brian Combs may not look like a typical pastor. Then again, his congregation
isn’t typical either. (Door closes) [Brian Combs] Andy, I didn’t
get a chance to hug you. [narrator] Every Wednesday,
two to three hundred people make their way to Haywood
Street Congregation, a United Methodist church in
Asheville, North Carolina. [Brian Combs] Glad you’re here. Aaron, you were trying to
get some good winter shoes. You had any luck yet? [narrator] This
church is unique. Downtown business people can
share a meal and worship with their homeless neighbors. Lawyers sit next to panhandlers, and addicts alongside
financial analysts. ♪ (Music) ♪ [narrator] Surgeon
Lem Kirby attends another United Methodist
church on Sunday, but worships at Haywood
Street midweek. [Lem Kirby] I expected that I
would come a time or two and then see what it is about and
then probably not come back. But when you sit shoulder
to shoulder with people who have nothing to hide
and they got nothing left but to rely on God… it
changed my perspective. [narrator] Kevin Secina
is one of Asheville’s
estimated 5,000 homeless. [Kevin Secina] I can be honest
and tell them, “I just got out of the penitentiary a couple
days ago and this is my story” and they don’t look
down on that… which is good. [narrator] Wednesday worship
began here at the suggestion of a man living on the street. [Brian Combs] He said “I need
something during the middle of the day because that’s when
I struggle with crack, marijuana and alcohol and if
you had a worship service I’d much rather be doing
that than getting high.” [narrator] On other days, the
church offers art classes, opportunities for
community service, and fun events like
camping trips. Members are encouraged to
share their stories on the web. [web video] My name
is Jodi. I’m 31. ♪ [all] I once was lost… ♪ [Brian Combs] You can
leave all the labels even for a couple of hours outside
of church of “homeless,” “mentally ill,” “addict” all
those things and just be “child of God” for
a little while.

Posted by Lewis Heart

This article has 2 comments

  1. I don't know about God or Jesus anymore. I think I believe in a supreme being or God. I kind hope Jesus is there. But this you are doing is a good thing. Helping people is good and the way to live – God or no God. But I actually do believe there is a God. I hope Jesus is there because I always loved Jesus or even the concept of Jesus and what he stands for.

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