Posted by: Lindsey Albertson | April 5, 2009

April Newsletter

This month the HOPE team got a week off of work for a spring break. During this time I had the opportunity to go out to Oregon and Washington to visit a good friend of mine named Amanda. I have been looking forward to this trip for a while. I only get to see her once a year and have been anticipating getting to spend time with her. I have also been looking forward to getting away and taking a break from Jeff Street and everything that goes on here.

Going to the west coast to see Amanda was great. I had a great time visiting with her and her son. We got to camp, hike, spend a day on the coast and just have fun together. It was good to just get away from things for a week. As you know from previous newsletters, things here at Jeff Street are not always bright and sunny. The past few months have been hard. I have been worn out, discouraged, disappointed and drained. I was ready to get away from it all and just relax. One thing that I have been discouraged about is how I had so much passion and excitement coming into this year but recently I have seemed to just be numb. While I was out west with Amanda, we had the opportunity to go to a fundraiser luncheon put on by an organization that works with the homeless and also spent time in downtown Portland where we saw men and women living on the streets. Amanda and I got to talk a little about the things that we saw and heard. In the midst of all of this, it was good to realize that even though I was hundreds of miles from Jeff Street and was ready to “get away” from things there, my heart was still with and for the homeless. Talking about homelessness and the issues surrounding it still ignited a passion in me. I am so thankful that the passion that God has given me, he has also sustained through the recent storms and trials.

I am learning that the most important things in life are usually the hardest – following Christ, sustaining friendships, living in community, etc. This week, a good friend told me, “For most of us, we look at the mountain and say ‘it is too hard’ or ‘it is too big’ instead of choosing to believe God can do all things, running up the mountain, straining to breath and believing that when we are weak, he is strong and allowing him to fill our lungs.” Romans 5:3-5 says, “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Suffering, endurance and hope all seem to be prominent in my life right now. But as I think about it, aren’t they also prominent in the lives of those I see everyday that have no place to call home? And then I am reminded that this is why I am here. God has given me the only hope that remains standing through the storms of life and he has placed a passion in my heart to share that same hope with others. This is the hope that our friends experiencing homelessness need and I pray that God would use me despite all my flaws and sin to share this with them.

Grace and peace,
Lindsey Albertson

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