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Spring Break Missions

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During the first weekend of April we had the privilege of spending time and serving with some of the youth from Shades Mountain Baptist Church. Each year, Shades plans different spring break trips for their students to be a part of that are missions focused. Urban Purpose has been one of these opportunities for around five years now and we have enjoyed leading these young men and women in serving those in need.

The students were able to love and serve this community of people in many different ways this weekend. We served a meal at Brother Bryan Mission- a recovery program we partner with and trust- and spent time with some of the men in the program. We served two separate meals in downtown Birmingham to many homeless people in the area. They were eager and willing to sit and talk with these men and women to learn more about them. They were also able to serve the poor by doing their laundry at University Laundromat on Saturday morning. This was a new avenue of service for Urban Purpose, and we were thankful to have so many people there to help with this outreach!

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A big part of our spring break trip is having the students understand more about what the men and women we work with go through on a daily basis. To do this, we invited one of the amazing counselors we partner with to talk about mental illness and how this affects their lives. We were also able to hear from one of the men that lead our Safe House by helping guys stay clean and sober as they reach towards recovery.12672158_1336524603030198_630970293052026952_o

All of these experiences gave these high school students and their parents a great deal of insight into the daily workings of Urban Purpose. We are thankful for their involvement and desire to reach out to the poor and needy in Birmingham. Our prayer is that what they heard and saw will lead to more than just a weekend trip, but that it will lead to a lifestyle of loving the poor.

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What does it look like to be “ready”? Part I

How do you know when someone is ready for the grueling, painful, struggle that is recovery from drug addiction?
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We’ve found ourselves asking that question on a daily basis. We are constantly coming in contact with people who are telling us that they’re ready- ready for a fresh start, a new life, different circumstances, for a change. But what does being ready even mean? And can anyone ever actually be fully ready for something like this?

Someone can believe that they’re ready to change for a lot of different reasons. Many times it comes out of realizing the depth of their struggle, how much the drug has control over them. Other times it can be brought on by someone else reaching out and giving a person the option of something else to live for such as a job, friendships, family, or a place to live. It can also be a result of missing children, spouses or other loved ones. Even court mandated lifestyle changes can result in someone thinking they’re “ready” to turn their life around. One of the main reasons we hear people say that they’re ready to change is when they have nowhere else to turn.

We are constantly reminded that being ready can look different than what we would expect.

We’ll continue to unpack what being ready might look like and what comes next.

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