Posted by: Lindsey Albertson | July 31, 2008

August Newsletter

Dear Friends and Family,

“And I think that’s what our world is desperately in need of-lovers, people who are building deep, genuine relationships with fellow strugglers along the way, and who actually know the faces of the people behind the issues they are concerned about” -Shane Claiborne

I am in awe of all that God has done this summer. So many friendships have been made with people at the shelter and in our neighborhood. I have gotten the opportunity to get to know people that I would have never known had I stayed in my comfort zone. I came in this summer with a passion in my heart to interact with and serve the homeless. Here I talk with them everyday and consider them friends. I am learning the stories of their lives and at the same time getting to share mine with them.

There is a lady here named Jenny whom I have gotten close with. Everyday she and her husband come in and make sure they stop by to talk with me. The other day she and I went on a walk to get away from the busyness of the shelter where we could talk. She ended up sharing with me about her life and the events that led up to her becoming homeless. She told me of the pain and brokenness in her life – circumstances and events that she did not choose, but that ultimately forced her into the life of homelessness she now has. Through all that she had been through, she still had hope. She told me news of getting an apartment soon and her plans to get her life back together. She was determined not to stay this way forever. It was so exciting to see the hope that she had despite the things that had happened to her in life.

These people who society considers hopeless have become more than just a person standing on a corner holding a sign. These people have faces, lives, and stories. The statistics now have a face and poverty has become personal. It is through sharing life with my new friends that the passion I came here with has increased. Through much prayer and consideration, I have decided that God is calling me to stay here longer than just this summer. In every relationship that I have here, I hear God telling me that 3 months is not long enough and that He wants me here longer. I absolutely love being here. Sometimes I feel like I was made to do this. I have never experienced anything like this before. This was a big decision for me to make and a big step to take, but I am confident that this is where I am supposed to be.

I will be going back to North Carolina on August 14 and then I will come back to Louisville September 15 and do the HOPE program for a year. I will continue to do the same things that I have done this summer – except that with time and experiences, my relationships here will be able to grow deeper.

I want to ask you to continue partnering with me and to be a part of what God is doing here in Louisville.

I need your prayers. Please pray for me and the transition of going back home and saying goodbye to family and friends. I am sure that will be hard. Also, pray for the people here in Louisville and that I would trust that God will continue to work here until I come back in September. Continue to pray for all that God will do in the hearts and lives of all of us here at JSBC in the year to come.

I also need your financial support. The greatest thing that homeless people need is meaningful relationships with Christians that ultimately point to Jesus himself. These take time to build. To be a part of the HOPE program for a year I will need to raise $6,600. Your financial contributions will allow me to remove the financial burdens of daily life to be able to focus exclusively on loving “the least of these” that Jesus told us are so important to him.

Please consider sending letters of correspondence and encouragement as well this coming year. I would love to be able to stay in touch with you and hear about what is going on in your life.


Blessings,

Lindsey Albertson

P.S. I now have a new email address: lindsey.albertson@jeffersonstreet.org.

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Responses

  1. Lindsey,

    I have loved getting to know you this summer and I’m glad God is calling you to stay at Jeff Street for a year. Keep following Him without fear. I eagerly look forward to hearing all about how He works through and in you in the months to come. I’m proud to call you my sister in Christ!

    Cameron

  2. I love you sooooooo much stinky! I’ll be sending you support soon.


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