What if you did not have a warm bed and a coat?

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October 26, 2020 By Duke Jonietz

The wind has changed to the north. For many in our community this is much more than a weather symbol. It is a warning sign that cold weather is on the way. 

The homeless population in San Antonio dreads something as simple as a wind change knowing it will be cold and they hope to find a place to stay and a warm meal. It takes them out of their daily routine and they know that there is only so much room in our community to get out of the elements.

Pastor Alex Fleming  of Life Restored Church knows the feeling all too well. His church community has been providing meals, clothes, showers and that glimmer of hope for several years now. Not long ago, Pastor Alex was preaching a message to try and get his congregation and others to “feel” what it was like to be cold––really cold. It was a blistery day, below the 32-degree freezing mark. The Holy Spirit asked Alex to take off his coat and shirt and stand outside in the cold for just 30 seconds. 

It was then that he had a revelation to go on social media and challenge others to take the “No Shirt Challenge.” Go outside, without your shirt, and stand there for 30 seconds. It was so courageous, moving that it made the news (see video at the bottom of this article). 

This year, Pastor Alex wants to bring between 150 to 200 of our homeless inside, where it is warm. Their hope to be able to provide a place to stay and a hot meal for every day the temperature reaches 32 degrees or colder (day or night) for the next several months. To do so, he is asks our community—you—to prayerfully consider serving our homeless population in some capacity. 

Pastor Alex’s goal is to find 10 congregations and/or ministries to help him provide for the basic needs for those living on the street. Each church, ministry or small group would provide volunteers for intake, food preparation and serving meals. They would make up an overnight crew and morning team. This is YOUR opportunity to experience the verses in Matthew 25:35,36 where Jesus says: 

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

In addition to serving, financial contributions, coats, beanies, socks, gloves and long johns are needed. 

How will you make a difference for your neighbor today? All you have to do is muster up the courage to take this request before the Lord and say, “Father, what would You have me do?” And then, no matter what you hear, out of your love for Jesus, simply obey. 



Be a Light

Email: aflex7@gmail.com
Subject line: 32-degree challenge.

    To volunteer:

    To donate:
        Inquire about what is needed at this time, what capacity you’re able to                     contribute, whether financially or through in-kind donations. 

To read more about Life Restored Church, click here. 

Written by

Duke Jonietz

Duke Jonietz has served in ministry in San Antonio for more than 25 years. He has a big heart for our community and a vision to see city-wide transformation. He is the Co-Publisher of The Beacon.

Life Restored Church seeks others to join them in serving the homeless


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