Everyday Heroes

supermanOur society often defines heroes in terms of superheroes, those with superhuman strength and abilities.  And yet it’s the everyday heroes in this world that surround us every day – and make the most profound impacts.

One of my friends was hired by Outreach, Inc., a non-profit, Christian-based organization in Indianapolis that reaches out to homeless and at-risk youth.  His job is essentially to go out on the streets and form relationships with troubled youth. 

He was telling me recently about some of the youth he met.  One child’s mother killed herself when he was 10, and she blamed him for her actions in the suicide note.  Another youth he came in contact with said that his roommate was bragging about raping a 3-year-old girl.  This is their reality. 

My friend is one of 9 employees at Outreach.  These men and women have dedicated their lives to reaching out to these youth, encouraging them to give up their drug habits, helping them find and keep jobs, defending them in the court system.  They give them necessities they’re lacking – like clothing, food, and blankets.   Essentially, these Outreach employees are the hands and feet of Jesus to these lost souls.  And through all that, their hope is that these youth will come to a relationship with our Everlasting God, Who is their only hope. 

Now THAT’S what I call a hero.

“I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people who are convinced they are about to change the world. I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference after another.” -Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, author, and speaker

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~ by Serena on September 2, 2009.

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