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Bridgetown Ministries – 40 Day Fast

21 July, 2008 (8:00pm) | Blog

40 Day Fast is an event where a group of 40 bloggers each fast for 1 day, and write a post about a cause or need around the world..

A couple years ago, my church youth group went on a mission trip up north to Portland, OR. Now, I imagine your first thought is going to be, “what…” Yeah, that was mine too. What is there in P-town to.. mission-ize? What happened to going to third world countries and all? Well, it took one day for me to realize how much need there is right in our own country. And I’m not talking about the spiritual need that we all think of. I mean, there’s practically a third world country living on the streets of Portland!

Interesting Fact: Portland, OR is the number one easiest place to be homeless in the entire country.

The organization that we were helping out on our trip the whole time was called Bridgetown Ministries. Bridgetown started as just one guy who heard God tell him to sweep the streets of Portland. He was all like, “who said wha..?”. I mean come on! What is even the point of trying to sweep those streets? Well, he obeyed God, and started sweeping streets. The owners of the business around the street he was sweeping were blown away. Pretty soon he had a whole group of people sweeping streets with him. Eventually people were donating food and clothes, and they were giving out haircuts to homeless people and washing their feet. Now they meet every Friday under the Burnside Bridge and minister to hundreds of homeless men and women.

Anyway, our first day there, they made us leave all our stuff, cell phones, wallets, clothes, pillow, except for a sleeping bag and our ID, and made us sleep in a church. The next day they revealed that we were going to be homeless for the day. We spent the day eating at various missions, walking around Portland, etc. It really opened our eyes to the life that so many homeless people live. I don’t even want to say the word “bum” anymore, because I’ve seen those guys, and I can’t help but love them.

Bridgetown is always in need of food, clothing, and donations of any kind. 3 blade razors for the hair cutting station. They always need new socks to give out at the foot washing station. For the clothing station they can always use blankets, jackets, sweatshirts, and backpacks.

I know it’s tempting to just give your nasty used clothing to some ministry because you don’t want it, but what kind of message does that send if the only thing we are willing to give is our second rate stuff? Think about this… Is it something you would give to Jesus? Does it belong in the dump? Can you not think of anyone who would be caught dead wearing it? Use these questions whenever you are thinking about giving away your clothes. Try to show love, not pity.

Please email if you as an individual, as a group, or as a church, are interested in helping to meet these needs for some of the most hurting and marginalized of Portland.

Please send donations to 21065 SW Stafford Rd. Tualatin OR. 97062

Listed below is everyone else that is participating in the fast.

June 23, 2008 (Monday) Brant Hansen
June 24, 2008 (Tuesday) Amy
June 25, 2008 (Wednesday) Brian Seay
June 26, 2008 (Thursday) Annie Downs
June 27, 2008 (Friday) Autumn Wilson
June 28, 2008 (Saturday) Scott Mocha
June 29, 2008 (Sunday) Lorijo
June 30, 2008 (Monday) Licia
July 1, 2008 (Tuesday) Jason Gray
July 2, 2008 (Wednesday) Laura
July 3, 2008 (Thursday) Steven Russell
July 4, 2008 (Friday) Tim Harms
July 5, 2008 (Saturday) Mama’s Boy
July 6, 2008 (Sunday) Shawn Wallace
July 7, 2008 (Monday) Shaun Groves
July 8, 2008 (Tuesday) Prairie Rose
July 9, 2008 (Wednesday) Mark Jaffrey
July 10, 2008 (Thursday) Crystal Renaud
July 11, 2008 (Friday) truvyne
July 12, 2008 (Saturday) Pete Kim
July 13, 2008 (Sunday) Jonathan “Biscuet” Smyth
July 14, 2008 (Monday) Brody Harper
July 15, 2008 (Tuesday) Natalie Grant
July 16, 2008 (Wednesday) Adam
July 17, 2008 (Thursday) Euphrony
July 18, 2008 (Friday) Todd Ruth
July 19, 2008 (Saturday) Mandy
July 20, 2008 (Sunday) Brad Ruggles
July 21, 2008 (Monday) Stephen Lamb
July 22, 2008 (Tuesday) Brandy Campbell
July 23, 2008 (Wednesday) Annie Nelson
July 24, 2008 (Thursday) Ryan Bush
July 25, 2008 (Friday) Kristin
July 26, 2008 (Saturday) Melissa
July 27, 2008 (Sunday) Emily Witt
July 28, 2008 (Monday) Bart Millard
July 29, 2008 (Tuesday) Liz Seay
July 30, 2008 (Wednesday) Nancy Purdy
July 31, 2008 (Thursday) Jessie
August 1, 2008 (Friday) Tressa Strickland

June 24, 2008 (Tuesday) April Lattimer
June 25, 2008 (Wednesday) Rick Elliot
June 26, 2008 (Thursday) P.D. Ross
June 27, 2008 (Friday) Kelly
June 28, 2008 (Saturday) Gene Pensiero
June 29, 2008 (Sunday) Fay
June 30, 2008 (Monday) Chris Szulwach
July 1, 2008 (Tuesday) Ambre Sautter
July 2, 2008 (Wednesday) Beth Waldeck
July 3, 2008 (Thursday) Sarah Chia
July 4, 2008 (Friday) Leslie Brooke
July 5, 2008 (Saturday) Andira
July 6, 2008 (Sunday) Stephanie
July 7, 2008 (Monday) Polly Hansen
July 8, 2008 (Tuesday) Charley Hayes
July 9, 2008 (Wednesday) Kat
July 10, 2008 (Thursday) Davida
July 11, 2008 (Friday) Valerie
July 12, 2008 (Saturday) Brent Hodge
July 13, 2008 (Sunday) Jeanine Guidry
July 14, 2008 (Monday) Lori Broach
July 15, 2008 (Tuesday) Kjaere
July 16, 2008 (Wednesday) Jacquelynne
July 17, 2008 (Thursday) Dan Byron
July 18, 2008 (Friday) Rodney Miller
July 19, 2008 (Saturday) Randel Hambrick
July 20, 2008 (Sunday) Shawn Bashor
July 21, 2008 (Monday) Blake
July 22, 2008 (Tuesday) Michael
July 23, 2008 (Wednesday) Joel
July 24, 2008 (Thursday) Maryann
July 25, 2008 (Friday) Alex
July 26, 2008 (Saturday) Clint
July 27. 2008 (Sunday) Erin
July 28. 2008 (Monday) Doug Sauder
July 29. 2008 (Tuesday) Mike Paschal
July 30. 2008 (Wednesday) Kristi Ottmar
July 31. 2008 (Thursday) Jane Thorson
August 1. 2008 (Friday) Toby Keathley


Comment from euphrony
Time: 22 July 2008, 6:18 am

Thanks for talking about Bridgetown. It sounds like a great ministry. Your mention of the need of socks reminded me of a trip my college group made to downtown Houston, handing out new underwear to the homeless. Some of them had not had clean underwear, or even any underwear at all, in years. Such a little thing we take for granted can be such a big blessing to others.

I’ll be praying for you today, and for Bridgetown.

Comment from brent(inWorship)
Time: 22 July 2008, 8:14 am

When I was up in Portland last year, I heard about this group and the effect they have on the streets. It’s good to know in the midst of everything around us that there are those noticing people right next door to them.

Be praying for you and your fast today.

Comment from Kristin
Time: 22 July 2008, 1:20 pm

What a neat organization! That is awesome that you were able to serve with them, and see up close what they are doing.

Thank you for being a part of the 40 day fast!

Comment from nancy
Time: 22 July 2008, 2:36 pm

Thank you for sharing about Bridgetown. I volunteer with a couple of homeless organizations here and it is always great to see what others are doing and see if we can add those things.

I’m praying that you will finish this day with a bang.

Comment from Mandy
Time: 22 July 2008, 4:49 pm

I lived in OR for 29 years and even own a home on Burnside and never took the time to help the homeless people there. This sounds like a great organization to partner with. Thanks!

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