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Luncheon Speaker for April 16th
OurCalling Founder and Executive Director Wayne Walker
Our speaker at the Belo on Thursday April 16th will be Wayne Walker, Executive Director and pastor to the homeless at OurCalling, Inc., a nonprofit ministry in Dallas.
I have heard Wayne speak, and assure you that it will be highly informative, and helpful. He’ll address
- Current state of homelessness in Dallas
- OC’s ministry to address the greatest need
- What can you can do to help
If nobody else asks him, I will ask how as Christians we should handle our encounters with the homeless and panhandlers (not always the same people). Over the years, my reactions have ranged from guilt from not responding (or not knowing how to respond) to frustration at feeling betrayed by those we try to help.
When Wayne was ten years old, his parents chose to become foster parents. Throughout his formative years, Wayne’s family actively pursued the scriptural commandment of "love your neighbor as yourself" by modeling the life of Jesus to scores of children whose own origins represented generations of human brokenness, dysfunction, sexual exploitation and abuse.
While attending seminary near downtown Dallas, the Holy Spirit called Wayne to befriend and minister to men and women in the homeless community. Personal, discipleship-oriented relationships among many homeless individuals were established in those years. Wayne and his family continue today to walk among these "sheep without a shepherd."
In 2009, Wayne and his wife began a not-for-profit ministry that reaches some of the most needy individuals in Dallas County. Today, OurCalling operates a café that has served thousands of homeless men and women near Fair Park, and targets the unsheltered homeless. It sends "Search & Rescue" teams that visit over 2,000 homeless encampments throughout Dallas County. With a focus on evangelism and discipleship, OurCalling empowers and enables volunteers to develop personal relationships in the homeless community with a specific focus on those who are not in shelters.
Inner City Leadership
CLS Members serve at Dade again!
We had another great session at Dade Middle School on March 25th teaching CLAY Student Leadership life principles to sixth, seventh and eighth graders. The Dade Leadership Program is comprised half of "at promise" and half of "at risk" students. This lesson stressed the importance of having a positive attitude. Thanks to our facilitators this month: Emily Wall, Jon Mureen, Nick Foley, Chuck Hendricks and John Stephenson. We’ll go back on April 29th to talk about perseverance.
HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!