Are You Ready for the Journey?

Posted: December 7, 2010 in Getting Ready

I cannot help but believe I have to do something. When over 60% percent of kids who “Age Out” of the system go homeless, I am drawn to act.

For 30 days in January, with God’s help, I will be homeless. I plan on living downtown in Dayton, sleeping out of a van. I will not report to work, and spend as much time possible touching those who are without.

By the way, I would not be doing this if Beth, my wife did not share in this burden… She is with my boys who I will see different times through the week while on the journey… the hardest part about this, is not being with them… I pray this will be a testimony to my boys that Faith without works is dead.

My mission is simple:

1. Raise awareness by giving an inside vantage point of what it is like to live without a home.

2. Bring renewal to my own spiritual life, and to the lives of those who follow.

3. Raise support for New Family Tree Ministries who are providing and furnishing housing for kids who are “AGING OUT” of the system and have no where to call home.

Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? James 2:15-16

I am asking people to give and support this effort by contributing as much as they possible can in order to bring relief to this issue.

Each year thousands of vulnerable youth across the nation turn 18 and “age out” of the foster care system. While their peers look forward to prom night, graduation, furthering their education and have hope for the future, the “aging out kids” are faced with a harsh reality. They are now alone and solely responsible for determining where they will live, what they will eat and how they will survive in the world. needs everyone to help get the word out so we can help bring relief to children in our backyard who have no family, home, or way to transistion from a foster care into

  1. Barry Baker says:

    Ryan, ill be praying for your journey. I’m sure that thks will be life altering and God will use you greatly.

  2. Ryan says:

    THank you, Barry. I do appreciate it…


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