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The deep friendship between Ron Hall and Denver Moore formed when Ron and his wife Debbie began serving at a local homeless shelter. When their true story comes to the big screen October 20, SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME will have you seeing your world with new eyes.

In a recent article in Rescue magazine, Jeff Lilley, president of Union Gospel Rescue Mission in Seattle, writes about loving those that are hurting. Take a look at an excerpt from his story…

Homelessness is a complicated issue, and for each individual experiencing homelessness, we hear a different story. However, there are some causes and commonalities, including drug addiction rates, increased numbers of individuals struggling with mental illness, a broken criminal justice system, and a foster care system that leaves 25 percent of former foster youth homeless within four years of leaving the system.

Something is broken.

We are spending more on homelessness than ever before, but the number of people entering into homelessness continues to climb! People are falling into crisis faster than we can get them out. The media is focused on the national crisis, but what is happening across the nation is being fueled by personal crisis.

How can we possibly keep up with the growing needs? At night when I drive home from work, I see more and more homeless individuals on the street, living in vehicles, and sleeping under bridges. How long can we be content to simply fill the beds we have and call it good?

Somewhere along the line we need to remember this is a numbers game.

It is a simple math problem: There are more of us than them, and this is true across North America.

There are more people who care about people in need than there are people in need!

Read the full article here.

FROM THE MAY/JUNE 2017 ISSUE OF RESCUE MAGAZINE. COPYRIGHT © 2017 ASSOCIATION OF GOSPEL RESCUE MISSIONS. USED WITH PERMISSION.

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