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Give Joe some time. This is a big change and unknown. You don’t know what happened to him in foster care. I’ve been pondering doing the same. She can make it in life.
Praying for God to shake down the walls we build!
Thanks for being transparent in your dissapointment with the day and with the situation. Will be praying for you and for all you are seeing and wanting and dealing with, Ryan.
“A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Let your light shine before men is such a way that they may see you good works, and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14,16
“Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and you load is light”. Matthew 11:29-30
Great things are transpiring from your journey, and it’s not done yet and won’t be done after Jan.! The “ball is rolling” – keep strong, tredge on, and know you are being lifted up every day in prayer.
Greater things have yet to come and greater things are still to be done in this city. – Fee
Ryan, what you are doing is incredible and I think more churches and Christ followers should get more involved in the lives of the homeless here in Dayton. Thank you for sharing Christ with those whom you meet out there. It’s hard to know that you chose to be homeless, whereas most of the people you meet, didn’t always have a choice. I’m praying for your efforts. God will bless you and these people in amazing ways.
When I was trying to get out of an emotionally abusive relationship I went to Artemis House for some counseling. They told me it is easier to stay in a situation that you know the outcome even if it is bad than it is to move on to something new that you don’t know the outcome, even if it would be so much better for you. It is so hard to understand looking from the outside in. You are doing an awesome work and hopefully Joe will think about things and make the right step. He knows where to find you. You were a great help to my kids when you were their Youth Pastor years ago and I am sure that contributed to them being in the church today.
I am praying for you and everyone you meet on this journey.
So Sad. My Uncle disappeared into homelessness over 40 yrs ago. We suspect he died about 20 yrs ago when we traced him to a hosptial where he was being treated.He skipped out of the hosptital before treatment was completed. All we know is he was in bad shape and probably would not survive back out on the streets. Many out on the streets have families you would help if they would just let us. As hard as it is to understand, homelessness sometimes is a choice that person has made. Why? I’m sure every homeless person has a different reason. So often it is some mental problem. Something so deep that giving them shelter, food and a job can’t fix their life. Bless you for trying.
Ryan……you’re sewing seeds of hope. No matter the burden you’re feeling….you’re sewing and giving hope in a hopeless environment. Hopelessness results in poverty and your obedience in this mission gives hope to many more than you will ever know. I’m praying God’s provision for you, your family and for all who you touch in this walk. It’s reaching beyond the boundaries you’d set. Continue to let HIM guide this walk and He will direct your path in giving more hope than you’ll ever know.
This hope brings change ……….change brings miracles and wonders to life. Where death was once spoken, new life is growing. Don’t succumb to the enemy’s tricks and accusations, Ryan. You, Ryan Riddell, are a Kid of The King! Keep on keepin’ on and finish strong! I’m thanking HIM for choosing you for this mission! love and blessings to you, my friend and brother
Ryan, where are you? We haven’t heard anything since your blog on 01-19-11. Hoping to hear from you soon and praying for you and all all those you have introduced us to during this journey. Thank you. God bless you.
Ryan, thank you for you care for these young adults. Thank you for your kind words and concern for Eric VanHoose, he is a man kissed by Christ – he has given much to many.
Do not be of afraid – the Lord is with you. The work he has put before you will be fruitful – for you, your great family, your followers here on FB, your support/prayer warriors here at Shelter, and the lost ones you are touching with God’s love and living word. They will begin to trust and learn to lean on God and His helpers.
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