Reflection on Sleeping Rough
On Monday night I slept in a cardboard box as part of my families effort to raise money for Live Below the Line. As I settled down to sleep in my cardboard box, admittedly in the relative safety of the St John's Theological College grounds, I was struck by a feeling of vulnerability. There was little protection between myself and the outside world. The homeless who sleep on the street are open to theft, susceptible to violence, and at risk of being removed by law enforcement or local government agencies.
As I reflected on this feeling of vulnerability I again recognised that being poor brings about vulnerability. The women we work with in Kolkata were trafficked because of situations of vulnerability. There poverty of their family, the fact that they were women, and lack of education left them open to exploitation, violence and abuse.
This is why we are involved in Live Below the Line. Tearfund through the fundraising efforts of Live Below the Line is working to provide community run (not Western run) initiatives that empower communities and give them choices that enable them to flourish.
Yesterday we hit our fundraising target. Today we have raised it. We have put some more money in and we would love you to get involved in being part of the empowerment story of those who are talented and gift but lack the opportunities to live into all they can be.
Grace and peace.
I'm doing LBL because I believe in the Power of Together.
I've signed up to Live Below the Line because together, we can make a real difference against global poverty. I'm inspired by the work of Tearfund and wanted to support them by raising money as part of my five-day challenge.
Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the 'Donate' button. The more people that know about LBL, the greater the impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family.
Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot! Together, we're helping enable vulnerable families around the world to help themselves out of poverty.
Thank you to my Sponsors
Rhys + Jaime Parry
The West Fam
Mai & Dan Lander
Worship Group 3
Suzanne & Ron Lander
Cilla & Mike Brough
Nyree And Cam
J And A Lander
Matt And Leah