Four Rivers Outreach

Edward Southerland’s story on Four Rivers Outreach (“Unto the Least of These My Brethren” August 2010) was touching in many ways. It avoided being “preachy,” and was successful in connecting the reader with some of the people doing their best to pull their lives together. Folks like the Horns (Jeannie and Arthur) and the other volunteers are God-sent to touch people’s lives and give them a hand up. It is so easy to let this part of our community stay invisible, tucked away on the back streets and alleys. Imagine the courage it takes to be in that room on one of those nights, and admit to all that you are a flawed human being and that you are asking both God and neighbor for help. This is unconditional love in practice.

Laura K. Jones
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