Tuesday, November 25, 2008 • 4:23 pm
While being away in the East Coast last weekend, I did not receive the news of Brenden Foster’s passing last Friday, November 21, 2008 until this morning. Brenden is the 11 year old boy from Seattle diagnosed with leukemia three years ago who stirred a movement of compassion and genersosity. On a recent trip from his doctor, he passed the homeless community called Nickelsville and his last wish was to help feed the homeless. It’s an amazing and beautiful story.
Like many others, I’m moved, compelled, and deeply encouraged by the short but significant life of Brenden. His life is an encouragement – simply – as a reminder that one person really can make a difference. And even more so, he isn’t alone. We are not alone. There are many people seeking to be agents of hope, compassion, and generosity.
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Filed under: family, health, religion, brendan foster leukemia, brenden foster, nickelsville, seattle
Thursday, October 2, 2008 • 2:59 am
Update: On Wednesday, October 8, eight homeless men and two others representing Nickelsville met with one of our pastors and inquired about using our church parking for their “home” for the next couple months. They needed to find a new home by Noon, October 10. Logistically, months would have been difficult but the Elder Board had a good conversation and was open to welcoming them to Quest for several weeks but the day before they had to “relocate,” a church in the University District with a much larger parking space opened the doors for them for the duration of the year. Certainly an answer to prayer for them and another reminder to us how we can “be the church” in the coming years.
The “homeless” is a broad word. I don’t want to pretend I am an expert but in the 8+ years at Quest and Q Cafe, we have met and heard from hundreds and hundreds of the homeless community which gave birth to the church’s To The Streets ministry which is still going strong. In short, homelessness is indeed very complex but like many issues, we tend to forget that there are people – human beings – beneath the issues. Like you, they go hungry, cold, lonely, afraid…and there are some who genuinely want to get off the streets. Beyond just compassion, they need dignity and advocates…
This past Sunday, I had a friend – Dustin Cross – join us at Quest and share his brief story in working with an intense hot political civic issue with the homeless community known by many in Seattle as Nickelsville. His commitment and advocacy for the homeless led him [and numerous others] to jail last week. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: religion, nickelsville, seattle