Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Winning Families: Christmas Under the Overpass

Under the Overpass
Under the Overpass: A Journey of Faith on the Streets of America
A few years ago two college aged guys decided to do something a little different: they became homeless for five months in six American cities. They did this in order to test their faith, and to see whether or not they were the Christians they claimed to be. Under the Overpass is the chronicle of their journey on the streets.

Christmas Under the Overpass Action Plan
  • Fast and pray for those who are homeless in our country
  • Find your local homeless shelter and volunteer now and then again in the new year
  • Cook a pancake breakfast with some friends for homeless people at a local city park
  • Throw a Christmas Party at your church for the homeless in your area
  • Download the complete "Christmas Under the Overpass" Action Plan

About the Book

The new updated and expanded edition contains added stories, an interview with the author, a "five years after" bonus chapter, and a new foreword from Francis Chan

Ever Wonder What it Would Be Like to Live Homeless?

Mike Yankoski did more than just wonder. By his own choice, Mike's life went from upper-middle class plush to scum-of-the-earth repulsive overnight. With only a backpack, a sleeping bag and a guitar, Mike and his traveling companion, Sam, set out to experience life on the streets in six different cities: Denver; Washington, D.C.; Portland; San Francisco; Phoenix; and San Diego.

For more than five months the pair experienced firsthand the extreme pains of hunger, the constant danger of living on the streets, exhaustion, depression, and social rejection—and all of this by their own choice. They wanted to find out if their faith was real, if they could actually be the Christians they said they were apart from the comforts they’d always known…to discover first hand what it means to be homeless in America.

"The Scriptures are filled with images of a God who is casting down the mighty and lifting up the lowly, of the last becoming first and the first last. In relentless nonconformity to the patterns of our culture, the Christian call is not to move away from suffering but to move toward it, so that we can bear some of the burdens carried by our brothers and sisters. Here is one story of the downward mobility of the Kingdom. It is a story that dares you to move closer to the margins, to the suffering, to the pain...and to meet Jesus there—in His many disguises." —SHANE CLAIBORNE, best-selling author, activist, and recovering sinner
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