Posted by: Linsey Edn | October 13, 2009

Linsey’s October Newsletter

Dear Friends and Family,

It’s been a month since I have started working at HOPE, and I’d like you all to know how things are going for me. This is also likely the first time you are receiving a support letter (attached to this newsletter), so you may be surprised to know that I’ve already clocked in a month’s work at Jefferson Street Baptist Center. But working at Jeff Street isn’t your ordinary job. From sunrise until well past sundown, we work to meet the needs of our guests—both physical and spiritual—in whatever way we can.

I came to Louisville in January 2008. It was my first time living outside of Florida. The first day I came to Louisville was actually the first time I saw snow! I had never realized that snow was so soft that you could fall right through it. My sister has a picture of my car with its “Sunshine State” license plate and a foot of snow on top of it from last year’s ice storm. Thankfully, I was well provided for with plenty of coats to keep me warm. Louisville’s homeless are not always so lucky.

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”
– 2 Corinthians 8:9

The winter is especially harsh on our city’s urban poor. We will likely all be struggling this winter in some way, but I ask that you remember those of us whose only warmth may be a blanket and a Bible.

Homeless men and women come to Jeff Street’s Day Shelter every morning for breakfast, to shower, do laundry, pick up mail, or check their bags in our storage closet. Jeff Street is the only shelter in Louisville that provides a bag storage service. HOPE team members start off the day by stocking items, taking phone calls, sorting mail, checking bags, and preparing breakfast. The shelter also provides lunch at least twice a week to our guests, and three meals daily to our residents. Although we try to provide for all our guests’ needs, we are not always able to do so. We frequently run out of toothbrushes, deodorant and razors. And as winter approaches, we will likely be low on lotion, socks and warm clothing. If you can provide these items or know someone who can, please let me know.

I have been constantly surprised by the great humility our guests show when receiving help from Jeff Street. They are truly grateful for our services and are always cheerful when they see our team. It takes great humility to not only help the homeless, but to accept Christ’s sacrifice as well.

Your prayers and our Father’s strength is what keeps me going every day. Please pray for provisions and any support the HOPE team and our shelter may need this coming year. Jefferson Street is in dire need of funds this year and any financial support you can provide will be deeply appreciated. Visit our blog at hopeblog.wordpress.com to keep up with the latest happenings at Jeff Street. I will be posting regularly so check it out whenever you can. You can also keep in touch by emailing me at ledn@jeffersonstreet.org. I’d love to hear from you!

Sincerely,
Linsey Edn

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